Baoquocte.vn. That is the message that Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai conveyed to Indian delegates, guests and friends attending the Vietnamese Cultural Space, which took place on December 13 in New Delhi.
The event is a highlight of cultural diplomacy under the framework of Vietnam Days Abroad 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India (1972-2022).
The Vietnamese Cultural Space was attended by Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Dao Cuong; Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai; Director-General of the Indian Council on Cultural Relations (ICCR) Kumar Tuhin; as well as representatives of diplomatic missions, businesses, delegates, guests from India.
In his opening speech, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai affirmed that Indian and Vietnamese civilizations had a close relationship dating back to thousands of years. India is one of the great cradles of civilization. Vietnam with 4,000 years of history and culture, imbued with national identity, is the intersection of many major cultures, including the Indian one.
Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai spoke at the opening ceremony of “Vietnamese Cultural Space”, December 13.
The cultural intersection is also expressed in architecture and fine arts with fascinating works imprinted with Indian culture such as My Son Sanctuary, temple relics in Nha Trang, Phu Yen, as well as the exchange between monks, nuns and dharma.
In particular, the intersection is reflected in the close relationship between generations of Vietnamese and Indian people, typically the friendship between President Ho Chi Minh and the leaders of India. This is a solid foundation for Vietnam and India to jointly cultivate and develop a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and their people.
According to Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai, with Vietnamese cultural space, the Embassy wishes to introduce to Indian people the characteristics of Vietnamese culture, immerse themselves in the tangible and intangible heritage recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam.
Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai and ICCR Director General Kumar Tuhin at the event.
“Time flies but the moment lasts forever. Through the Cultural Space, we wish to partly introduce the beauty of Vietnamese culture, country and people, and at the same time review historical moments, step by step, in the relationship between the two sides.
I believe that interactive activities, exhibitions of paintings, photos, food booths … will form a space filled with Vietnamese cultural identity, helping to unite the community of the two countries and Indian friends in general, as well as art lovers, Indian artists and writers in particular. By experiencing the unique culture of Vietnam, we could understand and get closer to Vietnam.
“Let’s love Vietnam as Vietnamese people have long enjoyed watching Bollywood movies, practicing Yoga and loving Indian cuisine”, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai emphasized.
According to the Ambassador, this Vietnamese Cultural Space event in India will make an important contribution to strengthening the solidarity and friendship between the two peoples, strengthening and enriching the Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Monochord solo performance at “Vietnamese Cultural Space”.
Here, Indian guests and friends had the opportunity to experience Vietnamese folk art forms such as Dong Ho painting, To He – traditional toys of Vietnam, and performances of ethnic musical instruments.
Besides, the public can learn about Vietnamese life, country and people through photo exhibitions. Visitors were particularly impressed with the cordial images of President Ho Chi Minh with the people of India. The space also offers a corner to display the book “Vietnam Vitality, Vietnam-India Special Issue: Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” – a special publication made by The World and Vietnam Newspaper (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
For the first time, Vietnamese lacquer art was introduced in India through many forms: painting performance by artist Tran Anh Tuan – lecturer of Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts; painting exhibition recreating the folk paintings of Hang Trong, Dong Ho, Kim Hoang in the Latoa project which has been ran by a group of artists who love folk paintings and traditional materials of Vietnam.
Attendees enjoyed making their own paintings and lacquer rings at the booth introducing Vietnamese lacquer art.
India has long been known as one of the world’s leading countries in technological innovation, outsourcing, high-tech services… Therefore, with the final destination of this year’s series, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam has coordinated with partners to bring to the Indian public the opportunity to experience Vietnamese culture through a special form – the 3D digital exhibition on Vietnamese lacquer art and Lac Viet adventures video game
In addition, visitors also have the chance to discover the beauty of Vietnamese cuisine by enjoying famous dishes made by the Embassy’s staff as well as chefs of Vietnamese restaurants in New Delhi.
Vietnamese food stalls always attract a lot of visitors.
The Vietnam Day in India 2022 program is hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Embassy of Vietnam in India, partners: MarknB Company, Le Bros. Company Limited (Le Bros) and sponsors: Vietjet Air (the official carrier of the Program), Coca-Cola Vietnam organizes.
This is the second time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has selected India as a destination for the Vietnam Day series abroad. Previously, Vietnam Day in India first took place in early March 2018 on the occasion of the visit of the late President Tran Dai Quang to India.