Chandigarh, February 2 – Haryana is all set to take a big leap forward in promotion of its rich cultural heritage within the country and abroad as State’s Film Policy is on the anvil and it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) for exchange of cultural activities and to promote Haryana’s rich cultural heritage in a big way.
The MoU was signed by Haryana Principal Secretary and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi on behalf of Haryana Government and Deputy Director General, ICCR, Ms. Namrata Kumar on behalf of the ICCR in the presence of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal in Gurgaon. While speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the State Government would support those budding entrepreneurs who would set up their units related to art and culture.
He said that under this agreement, the Haryana Cultural Affairs Department would organise programmes based on Haryanvi culture to promote folk arts and rich cultural heritage of the State. He said that the ICCR and the Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department would together organise cultural programmes, exhibitions and literary and art functions in other countries. They would also invite outstanding artistes from other countries to perform in Haryana. The Council would also organise programmes of international cultural troupes through which artistes from Haryana would be able to showcase their talents abroad. He said that under the agreement, the State Government would make arrangements for board, lodging and transportation for the visiting foreign artistes. Similar arrangements would be made by the government concerned when artistes from Haryana visit other countries, and the Council would act as a coordinator between the governments.
This would also boost tourism in the State. While referring to the new Film Policy, the Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to taking the rich cultural heritage of Haryana to the masses through different mediums including films. Special provision would be made in the Budget for the new Film Policy, he added. He said that the presence of prominent actor, Mr. Dharmendra, who has been made Honorary Brand Ambassador of Haryana Tourism, at the 30th edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which commenced on February 1, 2016, was welcomed enthusiastically by visitors to the Mela. Apart from this, the presence of noted actor, Mr. Randeep Hooda, who was born in Haryana, in this function was a symbol of the Government’s commitment, he added. The Chief Minister said that the State Government launched a campaign on April 1, 2015, to popularise the rich cultural heritage of Haryana in the State by organising cultural programmes in all tehsils and blocks.
More than 100 cultural programmes have so far been organised under this campaign. Apart from this, the State Government had, for the first time, organised Gita Jayanti Samaroh in all districts whereas earlier it used to be organised only in Kurukshetra. He said that Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board has been constituted for revival of Saraswati river. A State Level Museum would also be set up in Rakhigarhi, district Hisar. The State Government is also preparing a Film Policy to further promote the culture of the State. Mr. Manohar Lal said that during the Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit to be held in Gurgaon on March 7 and 8, a special session on start ups would be held where the youth would be able to give their suggestions on various issues concerning art and culture. Also, prior to the summit, Boot Camps would be organised in Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and Guru Jamweshwar University, Hisar. Ms. Namrata said that the ICCR has 36 centres abroad and 20 centres within the country and has also signed agreements with six states in India. The agreement with Haryana is the seventh in the series. Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Cultural Affairs also spoke on the occasion. Others present on the occasion included, Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma, Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh, MLAs Mr. Umesh Aggarwal and Mr. Tejpal Tanwar, and Ambassador of Vietnam, Mr. Ton Sinh.