The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, was formally inaugurated here on Thursday by ICCR president Karan Singh.
“Bangladesh and India share a common heritage and commonalities in art, culture, literature and language,” Dr. Singh said, adding that the centre was aimed at promoting bilateral exchanges in these fields.
The centre, housed on two premises in the Dhanmondi and Gulshan diplomatic zones, has a multipurpose hall with an exhibition gallery, a dance studio, music rooms and a yoga hall. There is also a library-cum-resource centre with over 21,000 books.
The ICCR is providing special scholarships to 100 students from Bangladesh each year to pursue graduate and postgraduate studies in premier institutions in India. Thousands of deserving students have benefited by education in music, dance, art, philosophy, engineering and business administration.
Bangladesh Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad, who was the chief guest, said the opening of the centre would further strengthen educational and academic exchanges between the countries.