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Indian Council for Cultural Relations

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India, involved in India’s external cultural relations, through cultural exchange with other countries and their peoples. It was founded on 9 April 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of independent India.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
AbbreviationICCR
Formation9 April 1950; 69 years ago (1950-04-09)
TypeGovernmental organization
HeadquartersAzad Bhawan, I. P Estate, New Delhi - 110001
Region served
Worldwide
President
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Director General
Akhilesh Mishra
Main organ
Council
Parent organisation
Government of India
RemarksOfficial ICCR Website

The ICCR Headquarters are situated in Azad Bhavan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi, with regional offices in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Pune, Shillong, Thiruvananthapuram & Varanasi. The council also operates missions internationally, with established cultural centres in Georgetown, Paramaribo,[1] Port Louis, Jakarta, Moscow, Valladolid, Berlin, Cairo, London, Tashkent, Almaty, Johannesburg, Durban, Port of Spain and Colombo. ICCR has opened new cultural centers in Dhaka, Thimpu, Sao Paulo, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.[2][3]

ActivitiesEdit

 
Copy of the Hindu figurine of Shiva Nataraja, donation to the Museum of Asian Art of Corfu, Greece

The Council addresses its mandate of cultural diplomacy through a broad range of activities. In addition to organising cultural festivals in India and overseas, the ICCR financially supports a number of cultural institutions across India, and sponsors individual performers in dance, music, photography, theatre, and the visual arts. It also administers the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, established by the Government of India in 1965, whose last award was in 2009.[4]

PublicationsEdit

Six quarterly journals, are published in five different languages:

Journal Language
Indian Horizons English
Africa Quarterly English
Gagananchal Hindi
Papeles de la India Spanish
Rencontre Avec I’ Inde French
Thaqafat-ul-Hind Arabic

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Welcome to Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India,Paramaribo". iccsur.org. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR): about the organisation". iccr.tripod.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Indian Council for Cultural Relations Jaipur". facebook.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Nehru Award Recipients". Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Government of India. Retrieved 8 October 2017.

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