Tanzania- India cultural ties go next level

TANZANIA and India have continued to celebrate their strong cultural ties through various cultural and traditional programmes hosted at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC) in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

The centre is under the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). The India Minister for External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar noted this during the inauguration of Swami Vivekananda’s statue in Dar es Salaam at the centre. In his remarks, he insisted the two nations have partnered on various development projects and are committed to strengthening their relationship. He said the cultural sector has been among the biggest beneficiaries of the enhanced relations.

The centre conducts music classes for tabla, keyboard and Indian classical music at its premises and partner organisations. It also conducts yoga classes Monday to Friday at Toure Drive and partner institutions.

The Minister noted that the inaugurated statue of Swami Vivekananda at India’s cultural centre is said to testify to his teachings, which transcend boundaries and underline faith in humanity. Jaishankar highlighted the importance of the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre.

Insisting the centre has played a very significant role in promoting Indian culture and arts in Tanzania since its inception in 2010. “We express our culture and practice but appreciate others,” noted Jaishankar.

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC) Director, Soumya Chavan said Swami Vivekananda was one of the key figures in the Hindu revival in the late 19th century. She added that he played a significant role in introducing Indian philosophies and spirituality to the Western world.

She said Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, which provides spiritual teaching, education and humanitarian services. Chavan noted that the relationship between Tanzania and India has benefited many Tanzanians as they obtain scholarships in different development fields.

These fields include education, medicine, and many more.

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