Passing on the Torch: Strong Culture Focus Part of Newly Elected Indo-American Society Committee’s Strategy

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Fanning the flames of friendship and deepening the already existing ties between the two countries stands high on the list of priorities of the newly elected Indo-American Society (IAS) Committee.

Passion about deepening relations between India and the US came through strongly when newly elected President CA Snehal Muzoomdar spoke about using culture as the vehicle to promote such ties. “Economic and political ties have their ups and downs,” he said. “Cultural ties between our countries are deep rooted and have stood the test of times. Today we have so many Americans practicing yoga and learning and playing Indian raga.”

Citing the example of 1971 where the economic and political relations between India and the US were at one of its lowest ebbs, Mr. Muzoomdar pointed out that cultural relations still flourished and he believes that this enabled the two countries to pull themselves out of the spiralling eco-political quagmire of those times to the vibrant and thriving bonds present today. “Friendships are built on foundations more permanent than economic and political policies. Cultural bonds form one of the primary vehicles in strengthening the bonds of friendship and helps countries withstand the shifting political and economic storms,” said he.

This year’s committee plans to focus on the three main areas:

  •     Follow-up seminars on Indo-US Summit on Higher Education;
  •     Indo-US Cultural Festival, inter alia inviting American citizens studying and practising Indian music and dance
  •     Leadership Conclave

Mr. Muzoomdar, himself an accomplished santoor player, has been invited by India Foundation to play at Ohio. The santoor is a beautiful instrument echoing the serene beauty of the valley of Kashmir.

These views were echoed by the new Vice Presidents of the IAS, Mr. Manoj Gursahani and Mr. VijayDeshpande. Mr. Gursahani said, “This year we will highlight all educational and cultural aspects.” “The IAS has been and will continue to be a front runner in addressing key areas that foster better relations between India and the US,” added Mr. Deshpande.

For More details:

Indo-American Society

Kitab Mahal, 5, D.Sukhadwala Marg Fort,
Mumbai 400 001. India.

Tel.: 91-22-22074882 / 83, 22004769 Fax: 91-22-22071831

Email: info(at)indo-us-summit(dot)org

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