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?Indian culture penetrating the West?

INDIA HAS witnessed a huge cultural awakening over the last few decades and the awakening is not restricted to music and dance but also other spheres like yoga, Ayurveda and meditation, noted playwright D P Sinha has observed.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 14:17 IST

INDIA HAS witnessed a huge cultural awakening over the last few decades and the awakening is not restricted to music and dance but also other spheres like yoga, Ayurveda and meditation, noted playwright D P Sinha has observed.

Sinha, a retired IAS officer, is the vice-president of ICCR and has held various important administrative posts including Director, Bharat Bhavan. He is also the national convenor of the cultural cell of BJP. Sinha was in Bhopal to deliver a lecture in Bharat Bhavan on Tuesday.

“I don’t think there is any penetration of western culture in India. On the contrary, when I go to America I find a greater percolation of Indian culture there, he said maintaining, “Penetration of western culture is at a superficial level — the basic cultural values by and large have remained unaffected.””

The massive revolution in the field of communication has made the world smaller resulting in the concept of global culture, which compares the best of all the national cultures of the world, Sinha said.

“Trousers from the West, fruits from China and Yoga from India are all part of the world culture.”On the efforts being made by ICCR to spruce the international relations, he said cultural centres were being opened in different countries.
Conceding that the Indo-Pak cultural relations were strained and one sided, he said, “We have been hosting Pakistani singers.

But our people are not greeted with the same warmness. However, a new beginning has been made and the results will be seen after some time.”

Asked about the current situation of Indian theatre, Sinha said that theatre in India was not in the mainstream because of historical reasons.

“While music and dance managed to survive, theatre, being a group activity, had to pass through a break period of several hundred years.”

Sinha however exuded confidence that the theatre would revive because the hold of television was getting weaker over the audience.

On whether he was satisfied with the current activities of Bharat Bhavan he said, “It would not be proper for me to comment on this.”

Sinha’s recent play ‘Senapati Pushyamitra’ is slated to be staged in Delhi shortly.

First Published: May 10, 2006 14:17 IST