If the natural beauty wasn’t enough, here’s something that will definitely make you want to travel to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the most unique travel destinations in India. Thanks to the richness in its flora and fauna, along with pristine white sand beaches and stunning views of the Bay of Bengal, this set of islands always proves to be a great destination for travellers.
In a bid to promote this place and attract more tourists, Andaman’s rich culture and heritage are to be promoted in India as well as abroad through areas like the performing arts, visual arts and academic conferences.
This will be done by a strategic partnership between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday to jointly promote the rich cultural heritage of the archipelago.
“India is truly blessed with diversity. Within India, you can see the world. Islands have a very interesting, lively and celebratory manner about them,” ICCR Director General C. Rajasekhar told IANS.
“They have a very distinct identity but don’t get the attention that they deserve,” he added.
The different ways in which the cultural heritage of the region will be promoted include cultural performances, exhibitions, literary events, artists in residences and other mutually agreed upon activities in the Islands.
The area has “a composite culture as people from the whole country settled there for it was a penal settlement developed by the British” during the pre-independence era,” said Ankita Mishra, secretary of arts and culture of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
“It is like a mini-India. Within the Islands, we need to promote integration,” she added.
“We expect two things: to showcase the culture of the Andamans, which are cut off from the mainland by increasing their exposure quotient to foreign cultures and to give a platform to our local artists to showcase their talent,” she stated.
She also expressed concerns about literature witnessing a diminishing trend in the union territory.
“Literature needs to be developed. There is a need to provide a platform to the people. We can invite writers to the Island to write about them on anything they like,” Mishra said.
“ICCR can help in identifying the writers. We can spot emerging writers from all over the world with the help of our embassies and consulates and the culture sector,” Rajasekhar said.
This cooperation can help to “optimise the effort” of promoting the Islands, he added.
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