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    26.06.2024 : Hon’ble Governor graced the inaugural session of the ‘International Performance Arts Workshop on Ramayana’ as the chief guest at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Kolkata.

    Publish Date: June 26, 2024

    SKM/GOV/PR/2024/157

    The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Lakshman Prasad Acharya, graced the inaugural session of the ‘International Performance Arts Workshop on Ramayana’ as the chief guest. The event was organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Kolkata, on Tuesday.

    The ICCR is celebrating the year 2024 as the “World Coordination Year of Ramayana”. The workshop features participation of 17 international artists from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, along with 28 Indian artists from the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Sikkim, and West Bengal.

    On this occasion, the Hon’ble Governor praised the efforts of the ICCR in organising this workshop. He emphasised that such workshops strengthen the spirit of universal brotherhood and provide a platform for promoting arts, cultural exchange, and creative innovation.

    He highlighted that the remarkable work of connecting the world through the Ramayana demonstrates that the Ramayana is not just a scripture of India but a global text. It serves as a guide and beacon for all humanity.

    “Ramayana is not only a part of India’s social and cultural tradition but also a way of life for many. The influence of Ramayana is present in 41 countries, primarily extending from India to Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and beyond. People worldwide are deeply influenced by Ramayana culture, which has provided spiritual, moral, and social perspectives. As a result, India has embraced elements of global culture and strived to propagate the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam(One Earth One Family One Future) worldwide,” said the Hon’ble Governor.

    During the event, a troupe of artists from Sikkim delivered a unique performance of the Balan dance. Performances by Indian artistes from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and West Bengal, along with international artists from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, captivated the audience.

    The event was attended by Anju Ranjan, Deputy Director General of ICCR; Meenakshi Mishra, Director and Zonal Head, Kolkata; and Munish Singh, Zonal Head, ICCR, Northeast, along with various foreign and Indian artists.