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Three-Day Festival of India in Cuba begins

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 30, Oct 2013, 13:58 pm IST | UPDATED: 30, Oct 2013, 14:02 pm IST

 Three-Day Festival of India in Cuba begins Havana: Indian cultural festival in Cuba will be formally inaugurated by the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari on Tuesday in the Theater Mella in Havana with the Sangeet Natak Academy’s Dance Festival called Nrtiyarupa.

This Gala Indian Cultural Festival also coincides with the state visit of the Vice President of India Mr Hamid Ansari. The inaugural function would be attended by the Cuban First Vice President and a number of senior dignitaries from the Indian and Cuban side.

The Festival would manifest many elements of long, rich and diverse Indian cultural heritage and would be the largest Indian cultural festival ever held in Latin America and the Caribbean. This reflects the special place that Cuba enjoys among Indians. The Festival would be held from October 29 to 31, 2013.

The Festival features over three days would include:

• Indian classical dance festival at the Theater Mella, Havana;

• Indian Film Festival at the Charles Chaplin Cinema, Havana;

• Indian Literary Festival at the Casa del Alba, Havana

• Indian Food Festival at the Hotel Nacional Havana

The Indian Film Festival would be held in the Charles Chaplin Cinema Theater. The inaugural film screened would be Ek Tha Tiger which was filmed in Cuba. Other films being screened include Raja Harishchandra (mute), Taare Zameen Par (Hindi), Taal and Parineeta (Hindi). The Indian Film Festival is being coordinated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Festival of India in Cuba is being coordinated by the Ministry of Culture in association with the Sahitya Academy, the Sangeet Natak Academy and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture Ravindra Singh who is in Cuba to mark the occasion said that the Festival is expected to bring the Indian and Cuban people closer to each other and will enhance people to people contact in a long standing friendship.