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‘Indo-Afghan cultural week’ begins Wednesday

‘Indo-Afghan cultural week’ begins Wednesday

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Nov 26, 2017 - 15:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Embassy in India plans to celebrate the first “Indo-Afghan cultural week” in New Delhi from Wednesday.

Afghan envoy to New Delhi, Dr. Shaida Ahmad Abdali, said the event scheduled for November 29 would showcase different academic and cultural programs from both the countries.

“The people of Afghanistan and India have many cultural similarities that are centuries-old”, he said, adding the aim of the cultural week was to improve cultural relations between the two countries and encourage new generations to preserve these values for future.

“The cultural relations between Afghanistan and India have a history spanning thousands of years and the upcoming event will present further information to the new generation, particularly to Afghan and Indian students,” he said.

Ajmal Alamzai, cultural assistant at the Afghanistan Embassy in India, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 10 programs would be jointly presented at the cultural week.

The day one of the event is dedicated to a joint academic and research seminar that would discuss Indo-Afghan cultural relations in four historical periods --- the Aryans, Afghan kings, colonialism and post-independence,” he said.

Messages from the presidents of both countries would be read out at the event’s opening ceremony.

Information and culture ministers from Afghanistan and India, ambassadors, diplomats and culturists were expected to attend the event.

The second day would feature artistic boards, handicrafts and cultural local dresses from both countries as well as a joint Qawwali music program at the end of the day.

The third day is dedicated to a joint orchestra program that would be organized by Ustad Salim Sarmast from Afghanistan side, he said.

The day four is dedicated to university students of both countries. They would provide presentations, discussions and perform Attan (Afghanistan local dance) and India local dance.

The same day, a joint book exhibition would be also held as part of the program, according to Alamzai.

The event would be also attended by writers, journalists from different media outlets, musicians, designers and painters.

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