Naik inaugurates festival of India in Japan


The Festival of India in Japan was inaugurated by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Shripad Naik and Tourism Minister of Japan Akihiro Ohta in Tokyo on October 27. The year-long festival is being conducted by the Embassy of India, Tokyo in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

In his opening remarks, Naik said that the Festival of India in Japan represents India’s major cultural foray into Japan on a large scale for the first time since 1988, almost 26 years ago, reports Business Standard. The Prime Minister of India Narendra modi in his joint statement with the Prime Minister of Japan had stated that a Festival of India in Japan would be conducted, he said.

Covering 20 cities, the 2014 Festival of India in Japan represents one of the largest events India has conducted in Japan. Naik said that the Festival of India in Japan is being conducted in two phases – the October phase-I comprises of a series of dance productions being presented in Japan, till date, the Kalakshetra Foundation, the Manipur Dance Academy and the Kuttiyattam Kendra have presented performances in Japan. The February 2015, phase-II will comprise of 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. Plans are afoot to conduct the Film Festival and Food Festival during the Festival of India in Japan.


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