New Delhi: India and China today signed a pact aimed at enhancing cooperation in the fields of art and culture.
The cultural exchange programme for 2007-09 was signed by Minister for Culture Ambika Soni and her Chinese counterpart Sun Jiazheng.
According to the pact both sides will exchange anthropologists to study the status of bi-cultural research in the respective countries and encourage performances, exhibitions and cultural festivals in the other country.
According to the programme, the China Dunhuang Research Institutions and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts will have a long-term academic collaboration.
This would entail an exchange of dancers, musicians and artists, including writers, archivists and critics for lectures and workshops.
“China enjoys good cultural relations with India and we have signed many cultural programmes. This agreement is a symbol of a beginning of a new era,” Sun told reporters after inking the agreement.
“It is an important part of our bilateral relations,” he said. Sun said the decision to sign a fresh agreement was taken after a visit by Soni last year.
“Through this agreement, we want to connect the heart and mind of the people,” he said. Soni said both sides would hold festivals in each other’s countries. China would be the 22nd country with whom India had signed such an agreement with.