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Culture, talent exchange

Salaseini Vosamana
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

THE Indian government is happy to inter-relate its culture and tradition with the people of Fiji, says Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) director Doctor Kamal Mishra.

He said the relationship between the two countries had grown as was evident with recruitment of Fijian students to study at universities in India.

Dr Mishra made the comment at a morning tea for the Indian musical group Qawwal Wajahat Husain Badayuni Group in Labasa.

"India and Fiji relations started with the arrival of the indentured labourers from India who came to Fiji via the Leonidas ship," he said.

"The two countries have an enhanced relationship with the existence of a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic, multi-social and multi-religious society.

"Every year, we sponsor Fijian students to study in our country and in return, dance and musical groups come to Fiji to promote their culture and talents."

Dr Mishra said this was one way of exchanging good ideas which could help people learn about each other's way of life.

He added they would continue to work with the Fiji government in a bid to promote culture and education.


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