STATE TIMES NEWS JOHANNESBURG: Eminent theatre director and cultural personality of International repute, Balwant Thakur who is currently heading Indian Culture Centre at the Consulate General of India, Johannesburg, South Africa addressed online the world on the eve of ‘World Culture Day’. He said that In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly declared it as World Cultural day recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.” This day was created to help communities all around the world to understand the current issues surrounding the cultural divide in our world. It is also a day to educate others on the value of cultural diversity and development so that we can all learn to live in a more peaceful and trusting world. Referring to India, Balwant Thakur said that India is among the most diverse societies with a plurality and diversity of cultures which marks it out as perhaps the largest multicultural society in the world. The multi-religious and multicultural character of the Indian society is deeply rooted in history since ages. On the world stage, either through stand alone world cultural events like, Festivals of India, Days on Indian Culture, International film festivals or through beauty pageants, India regularly displays its talent and culture. The flexibility and movement with time has made Indian Culture more and more fashionable and acceptable too.
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