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Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture has helped promote traditions among youths: Kumaran

Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture has helped promote traditions among youths: Kumaran

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
INDIAN Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran has underlined the impact of cultural events taking place within the framework of Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture on promoting traditions among the new generations in both countries.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the opening of two art exhibitions featuring the works of Qatari and Indian artists in Katara Building 18 on Monday, the envoy said the events that had been organised so far in line with the cultural programme were able to highlight the links and similarities between the two countries, which is essential for raising the awareness of the young generations on this important past.
“The younger generation tends to move away from traditions. So, it is a big gain for us to point out these similarities and links through Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture events for the benefit of the youths of both countries,” the envoy said.
He also said that more events will be organised in different venues in line with the cultural programme including a textile exhibition, an exhibition on Indian clothes from the country’s 29 states and a bridal exhibition.
The ambassador lauded the newly-opened art exhibitions at Katara for celebrating the cultural and trade links between Qatar and India.
“There are about 750,000 Indian nationals in Qatar contributing to the growth and development of Qatar. They have earned a good reputation and should continue to keep up that reputation and to enhance it further. I want to congratulate them for all the hard work they have put in over the years and thank them for the good reputation they have built for India and Qatar,” said Kumaran.
The opening ceremony of the art exhibitions was attended by Saif Saeed al Dosari, Human Resources manager, on behalf of Katara general manager, and few ambassadors and artists.
The art shows feature a fine art display of the artists Mohammed Junaid, Aisha al Muhannadi and Mahesh Kumar and a photography exhibition for a group of Qatari and Indian photographers in cooperation with the Youth Hobbies Center.
The fine art exhibit presents Mohamed’s drawings titled ‘Faces of India’. According to the artist, through the drawing of faces, he intends to share stories of love and joy and sadness and pain.
Aisha’s paintings capture the historical depth of the economic and trade relationship between Qatar and India by focusing on traditional exchange of tea, spices, oud and oud oil between the two countries.
Mahesh Kumar’s paintings portray the magnificence and richness of India through its ancient monuments and palaces.
Meanwhile, the photography exhibition featuring 50 photographs are inspired by customs, traditions and landscapes of India and Qatar.
The two exhibitions will run until September 28. They are among the various Indian exhibitions and events hosted by the Cultural Village Katara during the Qatar-India Cultural Year.

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