New Delhi: India has mooted and expressed commitment for strong cultural and people-to-people ties among the BRICS nations saying the BRICS has emerged as a valuable forum for consultation, coordination and cooperation on contemporary global issues of mutual interest .
Participating in the BRICS Culture Ministers’ meeting held in Curitiba, Brazil, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel said, “The member countries have witnessed cultural cooperation scaling to new heights, Under the aegis of collaborations in these fields, our institutions have made commendable efforts to organise a number of events in these fields, well participated by all the member states”.
He said that one such event namely joint exhibition titled Bonding Regions & Imagining Cultural Synergies is being hosted by National Gallery of Modern Arts of India under the auspices of the BRICS Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries during November-December, 2019.
“Given the rich cultural heritage and traditions of all members, we share understanding, respect and interest to contribute towards stronger bonds of friendship and cooperation in the fields of arts, museums & galleries, cultural heritage, archives, literature, theatre for children and young people, films and others,” Patel said.
He also informed in the meeting that documents for collaboration in the fields of art galleries, museums, libraries and theatre have been signed in the second meeting held at China in 2017.
Moreover, he proposed to add another field of cooperation under the aegis of BRICS alliance on literature envisaging BRICS Literary Festival to enhance cooperation and exchanges in the field of literature and promoting translation of literary works of famous writers and poets of BRICS nations.
The Minister put forward his thoughts on the Letter of Intention on creative economy in BRICS countries to set milestone in the organisations cultural cooperation.
He requested his counterparts to come together for making committed efforts by agreeing to develop a thorough knowledge of the creative markets of BRICS member states and also encouraging mobility of professionals of creative economy so as to stimulate opportunities.