ICCR coordinating Festival of India in China, France

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New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): The Government on Wednesday said that the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is coordinating the Festival of India in China as well as the Festival of India in France called 'Namaste France' in 2010-11.

Union External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, said: " The Festival of India in China would span the period from April to October, 2010, while the "Namaste France" Festival covers the period between April 2010 and - May 2011. The estimated expenditure on the Festival of India in China is Rs.4.5 crores, while approx. Rs.3.0 crores are likely to be spent on the 'Namaste France' Festival."

The two festivals had been formally inaugurated in Beijing and Paris on April 7 and 14 respectively.

"Due to the emergence of India as a major economic and knowledge hub, interest in and curiosity about Indian Culture and civilization has been consistently increasing. These two estivals project the rich cultural diversity of India," Krishna stated while adding that the Indian festivals abroad help create awareness about India, its culture, history, architecture, ethos and evolution, leading to a substantial increase in tourism, goodwill and even commercial interaction for the country.

"It is ICCR's endeavor to showcase diverse forms of Indian dance, music and theatre in the course of these two major Festivals and to organize talks and seminars on Indian themes," Krishna further stated in his written reply.

He also informed that in the last three years, ICCR has organized various festivals including the India-Japan Friendship Year from December, 2006- December, 2007, Festival of India in Israel in 2007, Festival of India in Syria in October, 2008, Days of Indian Culture in Egypt in November, 2008, Festival of India in The Netherlands in 2008, Festival of India in Hungary in November/ December, 2008, and the Year of India in Russia from March, 2009 to December, 2009," the minister informed.

ICCR coordinates Indian Food and Film Festivals, Fashion Shows, Tourism Road Shows and exhibitions of paintings, photographs and Indian antiquities being organized by other Ministries / Departments. (ANI)

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