New Delhi, Jan 8 (UNI) The one message that came out loud and clear at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave here was that Indian culture was robust in countries where the migrants went in droves and in the fast globalising world, the country's rich traditions and heritage will dominate Asian cultures.
Experts also opined that Indian culture was one of synthesis and accommodation where different religions thrived but the country's youths would determine the new culture that was evolving, taking different strands from the global community under its ambit.
These views emerged at a session on the subject at the event where the speakers underlined the fact that overseas Indians are the true ambassadors of India and the promoters of Indian culture in their adopted homelands.
Those who took part in the riveting discussion included writer and former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor, noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni, Mauritian Minister for Art and Culture Mahendra Gowressoo and Linguistic Professor at University of Washington, M J Warsi.
Noted art historian Kapila Vatsyayan, who was former Secretary, Department of Culture, moderated the discussion.
The panelists said the current resonance of Indian movies, fashion, dance and music outside India derive much from engagement with overseas Indian youths.
Mr Tharoor lamented that the 'self-appointed guardians of culture' were introducing elements of distortion in the Indian culture, known for its catholicity and liberal traditions.
''It is a matter of shame that famous artist M F Husain is being compelled to live in exile in Dubai for his nude paintings of some Hindu deities, which is the antithesis of India's vaunted cultural traditions. Since ancient times, we have had the traditions of eroticism as manifested in the sculptures at Khajuraho and Lord Krishna's 'Ras Lila' (the celestial dalliance of Krishna with his gopis),'' he argued.
Further, there is a corpus Sanskrit literature on eroticism and substantive erotic poetry in different languages of the country.
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