Indian Cultural centre holds seminar to strengthen ties with Egypt

Apr 28, 2017 11:40 IST

The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in Egypt organised a seminar titled 'Cultural Festivals - Bridge between India and Egypt" on 26 April 2017 to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations.

The seminar is a part of the cultural centre’s monthly seminar series that involve culture lovers, academicians, youth and the civil society and encourage them to discuss issues of bilateral interest.

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Speaking on the occasion, India’s ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharya stated that the culture of any country plays an important role in deepening the bilateral relations between two countries.

Key Highlights

• The seminar saw eminent speakers from diverse backgrounds share their thoughts, ideas and experiences.

• The dignitaries appreciated the role played by Indian cinema in promoting relations between the two countries. They also gave suggestions for further development of relations in all fields.

• Sherif Amasha, an Associate Professor in the Higher Institute of Cinema, stressed on the role of culture and cultural festivals in deepening the bilateral relations between the two nations.

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About the Indian cultural centre

• The Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture was established in 1992, as a part of the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP).

• Located in Cairo, it is the only Indian cultural centre in the region.

• It was named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the founder of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and scholar who had close links with the Arab world.

• The centre since its inception has been spreading different aspects of Indian culture in Egypt by holding a host of exhibitions, events and other programmes.

• The centre also plays host to some of the activities of ‘India by the Nile’, which is Egypt’s largest cultural festival.

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