Ambassador of India Calls on Latvian Culture Minister

Ambassador of India Calls on Latvian Culture Minister

Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison called on Latvia’s Culture Minister, Ms. Dace Melbarde, in Riga on February 29, 2016. Minister Melbarde is scheduled to visit India to participate in the World Culture Festival which will be held from March 11 to 13, 2016 in New Delhi. Leaders from round the globe are scheduled to attend this Festival. Minister Melbarde will also have bilateral discussions with India’s Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma.

The Ambassador requested the Minister that the Cultural Exchange Programme between India and Latvia may be revived as it would facilitate regular exchange of visits of cultural troupes and exhibitions. The Minister agreed to consider the request.

The Ambassador informed the Minister about the preparations for celebration of the International day of Yoga on June 21, 2016 and proposed that it could also be an occasion to mark the Solstice Day, which was a popular festival in Latvia. Minister Melbarde welcomed the organization of this event and agreed that it would be a good idea to include in the programme some traditional Latvian cultural performances which had links with Yoga.

Minister Melbarde told the Ambassador about a number of international cultural events which would be organized in Riga including the International Dance Festival, scheduled to be held in Riga in summer, and the International Folklore Festival BALTICA to be held in Latvia in 2018. She said that Indian participation would be most welcome in these festivals.

The Minister said that an exhibition of Mughal Miniatures will be put up at the Foreign Arts Department of the Latvian National Museum which was scheduled to reopen on 4 May 2016. She added that it was planned to invite Mr. Sanjiv Mittal, Director General of the National Museum in New Delhi on this occasion.

Minister Melbarde touched on the benefits of exchanges in the field of films and literature. She mentioned that Indian Writer Teji Grover had spent some time in Latvia recently and had translated a Latvian book in Hindi language, She also spoke about Latvian films which have won international awards including in India and added that most recently the Crystal Bear prize had been awarded at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016 to ‘Es esmu seit’ (I’m here). The Minister expressed the hope that cooperation in the field of Filmmaking and literature would see further expansion in the future, including shooting of Indian films in Latvia.

India and Latvia enjoy excellent bilateral relations and the upcoming visit by Minister Melbarde is expected to further strengthen cultural and people-to-people ties between the two countries.



Ambassador and Mr Vijai Kumar, Deputy to the Ambassador with the Culture Minister of Latvia Her Excellecy Ms Dace Melbarde


29 February 2016