To spread and celebrate India’s rich cultural heritage, Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Karan Singh is sending troupes participating at the Europalia festival, the ongoing cultural extravaganza in Brussels, to other European cities.
“Since our troupes are already in Brussels, I am proposing sending them to France and Netherlands,” said Dr. Singh, while sipping tea at his study room, which is well stocked with literary books.
Europalia festival seeks to present India to Europeans in a way it has never done before. “This event is enabling them to discover our mysterious and fascinating country, where different cultures interact and bring about a unique creativity. Europalia seeks to translate India’s immense cultural wealth into a multi-disciplinary programme comprising exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, conferences, cinema and literature. The event started on October 4 and will conclude on January 26, 2014.”
The erudite scholar feels that India needs to aggressively popularise its cultural heritage across the globe. “We have to do this more aggressively than even the Chinese. While the Chinese are spending billions of dollars, we have funds constraint. For the expenditure incurred this year, ICCR had asked for Rs.250 crore but received only Rs.180 crore. But we have such a large family – 40 cultural centres, 20 offices and 3,000 scholarships, apart from seminars. On top of all this, we have to send out troupes to different parts of the world.”
ICCR president Karan Singh believes India must popularise its culture more aggressively