Jammu, Dec 17: The first ever cultural group from Republic of Tunisia which arrived here today morning explored Jammu city’s cultural aspects to the maximum extent. On their arrival they were formally received by the Regional Director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, and Government of India, Balwant Thakur. He was joined by the official representative of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages Mr. Anil Tickoo.
The international artists from the Republic of Tunisia are here in the city in connection with their musical concert on Monday 18th of December, 2017 at 5 pm at Abhinav Theatre Jammu which is organised by Indian Council fir Cultural Relations in association with J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages. Describing about their visit the Regional Director of ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur informed that in it’s endeavour to bring world to India, ICCR keep inviting world cultural groups and delegations with the motive to bring nations together.
Mandated to foster and strengthen the cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries, ICCR promotes cultural exchanges with other countries and people with the aim to develop relations with nations.
Republic of Tunisia is the 11th world country which visited Jammu after the inception of ICCR in Jammu. Earlier groups from Zambia, Republic of Laos, Poland, Malaysia, Spain ,Bangladesh, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Germany and Mauritius have successfully given their successful performances in Jammu.
Prior to the establishment of ICCR in Jammu, the people out here never had the opportunity to witness International performances. In the recent months ICCR has been very active in the International Cultural Exchange programmes and only last month sponsored two Cultural groups from J&K for their performances in Japan and Egypt.
Giving details about the International performance of Tunisia Balwant Thakur informed that Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa, and is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya in the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. ICCR is bringing a music band ‘Chassen Azaiez and his Band’ from Sfax city of Tunisia.
The group is born out of the basic idea ” Spread music that not only draws upon the Arab music . heritage in general but the Tunisian in particular. The group aims at the spread of the culture of hope and life so as to fight against all sorts of cultural apostasy and obscurantism. Commenting upon Tunsian music Balwant Thakur said that Tunisian music is very diverse and has been influenced by Andalusian, Turkish and Arabic rhythms. Arabic classical music, Malouf can be heard in the old palaces or in cafes in the street while classical music resounds in the St Louis cathedral of Carthage converted into the Acropolium or in the Roman coliseum of El Djem.
Artists from the Republic of Tunisia are being welcomed by Regional Director ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur at Amar Mahal, Jammu