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Indian cultural centre to come up in Bhutan
Thimphu, September 16, 2009
First Published: 12:57 IST(16/9/2009)
Last Updated: 12:59 IST(16/9/2009)

Bhutanese can now look forward to learning playing the sitar or the tabla and know more about Indian literature and theatre.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Bhutan government have agreed to open a centre here to "encourage more interest in the cultures of both countries".

According to K K Sharma, Indian embassy's second secretary and head of chancery, India's culture generates a lot of interest abroad.

"The opening of the centre will familiarise people with this diversity, by increasing people to people contact between Bhutan and India," he said.

"Bhutan has many talented painters, sculptors and other kinds of artists and performers," he said, adding these groups will be able to visit and share their arts, crafts and ideas with their Indian counterparts through exchange programmes organised by the centre.

The centre will bring to the Bhutanese people's doorstep, opportunities to learn Indian musical instruments and languages, yoga, and other kinds of arts and craft.

The cultural centre will be entirely funded by India.

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