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Kumar: Culture plays a vital role

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, June 08, 2014

HUMANS are only complete if they appreciate and embrace culture, says the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vinod Kumar.

Speaking at a musical instrument presentation at the Labasa Civic Centre yesterday, Mr Kumar said culture played a vital role in moulding a complete human. Mr Kumar said his tour yesterday was to present musical instruments to various Fijians of Indian origin music groups.

"This trip involves the distribution of musical instruments to singing groups here in Vanua Levu, including Taveuni, involving more than 10 musical groups," he said.

"We have been working with musical groups in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and other smaller islands in the revival of Indian music and other forms of music.

"We work closely with musical groups to encourage the teaching of music and dance."

Mr Kumar said the commission had even given musical instruments to churches and mosques because they also used it for their religious rites.

"We do not only focus on Indian music but we also donate Western instruments like guitar, keyboard, drums, etc.

"Basically the idea is to promote music because we feel that a person is a complete human being only with the knowledge of some elements of culture, music, and any form of dance."

Meanwhile, the Indian Cultural Centre director, Kishan Kanojia said the Indian culture was very alive in Fiji.

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