Amit Shah to open 5th Int’l Ramayana fest

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Amit Shah to open 5th Int’l Ramayana fest

Saturday, 14 September 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will open the fifth International Ramayana Festival here between September 17 and 19 as part of the Modi Government's exercise to project the cultural aspect of India's soft power.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is organising the three-day festival in the national Capital which would showcase Indian culture and traditions as depicted  in the epic tale of Ramayan.  The festival, subsequently,  would also travel to Lucknow and Pune.

Shah will inaugurate the festival, which will see participation of groups from eight countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, ICCR president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe told newspersons on Friday.

All these countries despite having different religions including Islam have continued with staging of Ramayan with unique innovations.

After the national capital, the festival will be held in Lucknow between September 20-22 and in Pune on September 21.

The foreign troupes  will also visit Ayodhya, the holy town where Lord Ram is believed to have been born. The first festival in 2015 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Asked if they will also visit the Ram temple at the disputed site, the exact place where Hindus believe Ram was born, Sahasrabuddhe said it is "natural". There will be, however, no performance in the town.

He said cultural dimension is an important aspect of soft power and the Union government since 2015 has projected it strongly.

Groups from Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius and Fiji will also participate in the festival, Sahasrabuddhe, a Rajya Sabha MP and the vice president of the ruling BJP, said.

In the festival, which is generally organised before Navaratra, artists showcase cultural interpretations of the epic.

"It is a culturally significant event as it provides a chance to witness different versions of an epic that has been traditionally transmitted by each country in its own way," said an ICCR statement.

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