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Press Release on Celebration of ICCR Foundation Day

Posted on: April 08, 2019 | Back | Print

Embassy of India in Kazakhstan to celebrate 
Foundation Day of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
on 9 April 2019
8 April 2019                                                                                                                                                     Nur-Sultan
On the occasion of the Foundation Day of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) & also to celebrate 25 years of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Kazakhstan (1994-2019), the Embassy of India in Kazakhstan is organizing a concert of Indian Music and Dance at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Nur-Sultan on 9 April 2019 at 18.00 hrs. 
Termed as PROTSAHAN (literally ‘encouragement’), this concert will showcase the works of those practitioners from Kazakhstan who have been practicing and promoting Indian music and dance in this country. The entry to the concert will be free, on ‘First Come’ basis.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. 
Its objectives are to:

  • actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations;
  • foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries;
  • to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and
  • develop relations with nations.

The ICCR’s Cultural Centres abroad:
In order to promote awareness of India’s composite cultural heritage abroad, the ICCR has, at present, 36 Indian Cultural Centres in different parts of the world, including one in Kazakhstan. These Cultural Centres function under the administrative control of the ICCR and the respective Indian diplomatic Missions abroad.
Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), Nur-Sultan
Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), formerly known as Indian Cultural Centre, was set up in May, 1994 in Almaty with the objective of establishing and strengthening cultural relations between India and Kazakhstan. The Centre was shifted to Nur-Sultan (now Nur-Sultan) in 2007, when the Embassy was relocated from Almaty to the new capital.
Since its inception in 1994, SVCC has been engaged in various cultural activities, including conducting of free classes in yoga, Indian music and dance and in Hindi language; celebration of Indian festivals; organizing cultural performances by students of the Centre; setting up of India Study Centres; screening of Indian films and documentaries; organizing performances by visiting Indian cultural troupes in Kazakhstan and Kazakhstani cultural troupes in India. The SVCC also houses a library.
The SVCC also awards scholarships for higher studies in Indian universities under the General Scholarship Scheme (GSS) of the ICCR, New Delhi. 
For any further detail, please contact: Dr. Ulbolsyn Orakbayeva, Marketing Assistant, Embassy of India, Nur-Sultan, Phone: + 7 708 110 55 66; Email: ulbolsyn.malikovna@gmail.com

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