Indian Embassy Second Secretary Padma Kari and ICC President PN Baburajan with other officials at a press conference.
Doha: Celebrations marking the Qatar-MENASA Year of Culture (YoC) 2022 are set to continue as the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) has launched the next edition of the Indian Community Festival themed “Passage to India 2022”.
The festival will be held from today (March 24) until March 26 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). The event is organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of India and the Museum of Islamic Art. The highlight of YoC Qatar-India 2019 was with the Passage to India edition.
The cultural extravaganza will showcase the rich Indian culture and art forms at the prestigious MIA Park. ICC and partner organizations, Indian schools and other community organizations will showcase unique aspects of different regions and states of India through cultural programs, cuisine and exhibits throughout MIA Park. The festival also contributes to the celebrations around the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, Director of Cultural Diplomacy at Qatar Museums, said, “The Years of Culture initiative has always aimed to strengthen cross-border collaboration and friendship. We are grateful for the continued support and participation of the Indian community in the Year of Culture programs which have had extraordinary commitment and have become the highlights of the year.
Padma Kari, Second Secretary, Indian Embassy in Qatar, said, “The ‘Passage to India 2022’ festival represents the crowning achievement of the Qatar-India YoC 2019, which saw the cultural collaboration between Qatar and India to grow and flourish. We are honored and proud to continue to strengthen the ever-growing special cultural relationship between India and the host country, Qatar.
PN Baburajan, President of the Indian Cultural Centre, said: “The annual ‘Passage to India 2022’ festival has become a flagship event for the Indian expatriate community in Qatar, celebrating India’s cultural heritage and powerful interconnectedness with the people. from Qatar.
A miniature replica of the Taj Mahal representing Indian heritage was built for the festival as a public attraction. Built in 1631 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal, the original Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural marvel.
The Festival will be open from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. from March 24 to 26. A free shuttle service has been organized between the Family Food Center – Matar Qadeem – Car Park Area and the site. Admission to the event is free for all.
The press conference was also attended by ICC Vice President Subramanya Hebbagelu, Secretary General Krishna Kumar, AP Organizing Committee Chairman Manikandan, former ICC Vice President and Media Coordinator Vinod Nair and the head of the organizing committee for volunteers KR Jayaraj.