Diplomatically closer

Getting together

Diplomatically closer

Athithi Devobhava’ – one of India’s pride and a motto meaning ‘The guest is a God’. As a host, we ensure that the guest’s every wish and need is fulfilled. We are also known for our hospitality across the world.

This year India is celebrated its years of diplomatic ties with various countries like German, Japan, Australia and even France.

On the occasion of completing 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations, a collaborative celebration titled Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities’ is being held in India. The programme started in September 2011 and is scheduled to continue until early 2013.

The centrepiece of the event was the ‘Indo-German Urban Mela’, set in post-modern multi-purpose pavilions, designed as a fair combining elements of design from both countries with state-of-the-art textile technologies, thus creating a symbiosis of art, architecture and technology.

2012 also commemorated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Japan and India. In this milestone year, various cultural events from Japan took place, to facilitate mutual understanding between the people of the two countries, under the theme of ‘Resurgent Japan, Vibrant India: New Perspectives, New Exchanges’.

As part of their strategic global partnership, the two countries actively promoted their cooperation in a wide range of areas, including political, security, economy and cultural.
Another country showcasing its culture and values currently is Australia. Oz Fest opened on October 16 and will conclude on February 5 next year.

The concert featured Australian Aboriginal singer/songwriter Gurrumul Yunupingu, didgeridoo virtuoso Mark Atkins and Indian classical musician Anoushka Shankar against a magnificent backdrop of a 3D projection at Purana Qila.

Other highlights included the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow featuring five comedians and a Raw comedy competition to find the best new Indian talent. Australian bands like Karnivool, Big Scary, Jinja Safari, The Aston Shuffle and Sheppard performed live for Delhiites.

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