Indian handicrafts to travel to South Africa
NEW DELHI: With the signing of the Programme of Cultural Cooperation with Johannesburg, Indian handicrafts, films and performing arts are set to travel South Africa.
India signed the Programme of Cultural Cooperation with South Africa to strengthen bilateral cooperation and cultural relations between the two countries.
Exchange of handicrafts exhibition and in the field of performing arts, in each other's country are likely to take place under the programme.
The Programme of Cooperation was signed for two years (2008-2010) during Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni's recent four-day visit from August 14 to South Africa.
Soni was in Johannesburg at the invitation of South African Minister for Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan to attend the centenary celebrations of the historic protest march led by Mahatma Gandhi on August 16, 1908.
As part of the celebration Soni led a walk from Museum Africa to the Hamidia Mosque in Fordsburg, where a symbolic bonfire of registration certificates took place.
The event was attended by a large number of community representatives, students and prominent leaders of South Africa, including ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Minister of Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan.
The Programme of Cooperation is expected to facilitate establishment of contacts and cooperation between associations, institutions and individuals in the field of music, theatre, library, museum, performing arts and creative industries on governmental and non-governmental levels.
During her stay in South Africa, Soni also graced a colourful reception on August 15 at the Indian High Commission hosted by the High Commissioner of India R K Bhatia on the occasion of 62nd Independence Day of India.
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