April 21, 2017 | 21:32 (GMT+7)
Indian Culture Center unveiled in Hanoi
PANO – The Indian Embassy in Vietnam inaugurated the Indian Cultural Center in Hanoi on April 20 evening in the presence of Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, General Vijay Kumar Singh, who is on a 4-day visit to Vietnam, the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Harish Parvathaneni, and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai.
The inauguration ceremony is part of activities in celebration the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and India.
An art performance at the inauguration. Photo: daibieunhandan.vn
Speaking at the event, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh thanked the Vietnamese Government and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for facilitating the Indian Embassy to open the center.
He affirmed that the inauguration of the center has confirmed the growth of Vietnam – India ties, which he described as the ties between two civilizations dating back over 2,000 years ago, when Indian monks travelled to Vietnam to spread Buddhism.
“The center will contribute to preserving and promoting the values of the cultural heritage of both nations,” the official noted.
For his part, Deputy Minister Le Khanh Hai said the center has affirmed effective cultural cooperation between Vietnam and India and contributed to strengthening bilateral friendship and strategic partnership.
The center will promote the image of the country and people of India, as well as Indian cultural features, such as dances and yoga to the Vietnamese people, helping boost cultural exchanges and tourism, he added.
At the event, a number of traditional Indian dances were performed by Vietnamese actors and actresses who had been trained by the center.
Translated by Thuy Duong