Culture a balancing factor in life, says Mukherjee
With India standing on the threshold of substantive economic progress and scientific development, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the role of culture as a balancing factor between progress and the inner needs of an individual; between spiritual quest and material aspirations; between technological advancement and the need to maintain ecological parity, cannot be over-emphasised.
President Mukherjee, who inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Indira Gandhi National Centre of the Arts (IGNCA) at a function, which coincided with the 95th Birth Anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, said that the role of institutions such as IGNCA becomes more significant in this context.
"Institutions like IGNCA constantly need to discover and re-invent new ways of establishing a creative and meaningful dialogue between different stakeholders and adding cultural dimensions to the development debate," he said.
While recognising the stellar contribution of IGNCA over the years, President Mukherjee said the President's Secretariat is presently collaborating with IGNCA for undertaking a multi-volume project on various aspects of Rashtrapati Bhavan's archaeological history, its making, its art and cultural artefacts. He wished the project all success.
President Mukherjee wished IGNCA the very best in its academic pursuits and hoped that its network with the universities and institutions, both in India and abroad, would grow further. He was confident that IGNCA, under the able guidance of its Trust, would continue forward on its journey of excellence.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion was Union Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch.