Hanoi to Host Multiple Indian Cultural Exchange Events

This year, numerous art troupes from India are set to perform in Vietnam, including Hanoi, featuring a variety of bands and classical dance performances.

An overview of the reception. Photo: VOV
An overview of the reception. Photo: VOV

A plethora of cultural exchange activities are slated to be held in the capital city, providing a platform to showcase Indian culture, as per VOV.

This information was unveiled during a meeting held on April 25 between Vu Thu Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, and Subhash Prasad Gupta, Deputy Chief of the mission from the Embassy of India in Vietnam.

A plethora of art troupes from India are set to arrive in Vietnam this year, Gupta informed his host. He expressed his hope that India would receive continued support from the municipal administration to carry out cultural exchange activities between the two countries this year.

The Indian diplomat revealed that the highlight of the exchange programme will be the highly-anticipated International Yoga Day and “Run for Peace”, both of which are expected to draw the participation of more than 1,000 people in Hanoi from June 18.

He also conveyed an invitation from the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam to the municipal People’s Committee to dispatch additional delegations for the purpose of fostering friendship and exploring investment opportunities.

For her part, Vu Thu Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi Municipal Administration, expressed the city’s desire to strengthen ties with India in various areas, particularly culture, tourism, sports, and the preservation of historical relics.

Hanoi is determined to collaborate with India in successfully carrying out the upcoming activities in order to strengthen mutual understanding and amicability between the two nations while taking joint relations to unprecedented heights, she emphasized.

At the book-hand overing ceremony.
At the book handover ceremony. Source: Embassy of India in Vietnam

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1972, which were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2007 and then a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2017, the relationship between Vietnam and India has been flourishing, resulting in significant progress across various cooperation areas, such as politics-diplomacy, defence-security, trade-investment, science-technology, culture, and people-to-people exchange.

Recently, 77 books covering a wide range of topics related to the Indian economy, polity, culture, and foreign policy were graciously donated by the Indian Embassy to the Centre for Indian Studies at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. This gesture of support provides an excellent opportunity for further exploration into the various aspects of Indian culture and policy.

The inauguration of the India Corner at the library of the Academy, attended by Director of the Centre for Indian Studies Dr. Nguyen Manh Hai and other officers, was conducted by Subhash Gupta. This corner is set to provide a platform for greater study and understanding of present-day India in Vietnam.

An art performance at the event. Photo: NDO
An art performance at the event. Photo: NDO

The Indian Embassy in Hanoi recently held an event on March 18th called ‘India Day: A Festival of Unity in Diversity’. According to the Nhan Dan newspaper, the purpose of this event was to introduce the cultural features of India to the Vietnamese people.

The event aimed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, known as “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, as well as the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic relations, India’s Presidency of the G-20, and the International Year of Millets.

The art program featured a variety of classical, folk, and popular Indian dance forms, as well as demonstrations of yoga by experienced practitioners.

At the festival, Indian garments, art and craft, henna, mehndi, and many other products were on display, attracting a large number of people from both India and Vietnam. Moreover, photographs depicting the exchanges between high-level delegations and the cultural activities between the two countries were also exhibited, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural ties between India and Vietnam.

By the end of 2021, the two-way trade between India and Vietnam had reached USD 13.2 billion, and is expected to reach USD 20 billion in the near future. India is currently the 27th largest foreign investor out of the 140 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with more than 300 projects and a total registered investment capital of almost USD 1 billion.

According to statistics, the number of Indian tourists travelling to Vietnam in 2022 totalled nearly 138,000, placing it ninth out of the ten largest source markets. Additionally, India is one of the countries exhibiting the highest search volume for tourism-related activities in Vietnam.

Hannah Nguyen