The Festival of India, year-long festival was inaugurated on 27 October 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The festival was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Shripad Naik and Tourism Minister of Japan Akihiro Ohta.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during his visit to Japan in August 2014 announced the Festival of India in Japan will be conducted to enhanced people to people contacts between the two countries.
The Festival of India represents major cultural expedition of India into Japan on a large scale for the first time since 1988, almost 26 years ago. It is one of the largest events of India conducted in Japan Covering 20 cities.
The Festival is being conducted in two phases:
• The October phase-I comprise a series of dance productions being presented by the Kalakshetra Foundation, the Manipur Dance Academy and the Kuttiyattam Kendra in Japan.
• The February 2015 phase-II will comprise the Buddhist art exhibition which will be presented in the Tokyo National Museum.
The other events include, a Buddhist conference being conducted by the International Buddhist Council of India and Buddhist exhibitions by the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara. It also includes Film Festival and Food Festival.
What: Inaugurated in Japan
When: 27 October 2014