The Fifth International Ramayan Festival organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) kicked off in New Delhi on 17 September with Home Minister Amit Shah as the chief guest.
Shah said that International Ramayan Festival is being organized for the fifth year in a row, during which 17 countries have participated with their artists and rendered their versions of Ramayan. "Ramayana is the solution to your personal, social, national and global problems," said the Home Minister.
ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realize this vision than organizing the Ramayan festival, he added.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah at International Ramayana Festival in Delhi: There is hardly any language in the world in which translation of Ramayana is not available. It is not just about culture and ideals. It also teaches about politics, administration, war and science. pic.twitter.com/J5rDduj5a0— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
The three-day event that he inaugurated will see foreign delegations performing and presenting their interpretations of Ramayana.
The college of dramatic arts under Bunditpattanailpa Institute of Thailand, a dance guild from Sri Lanka, Cambodian Artist Troupe, Notre Dame Kali Maa Mandir Association from Mauritius are some of the many international delegations taking part in the Ramayana extravaganza.
Earlier, speaking to IANS, ICCR President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe claimed that the international delegations will also visit Ayodhya and offer prayers at the disputed sight.
(With inputs from IANS)