Participants from 4 SAARC Countries will join in 3-day conference; will present more than 80 scholarly papers

Bhubaneswar, 18 March 2017: Indian Culture has always generated global interest from ancient period. Multi faceted and multi layered, it has constantly regenerated itself through the centuries. In fact, it is a mixed bag. Variety is India’s hallmark; its language, literature, religious faith and festivals are indeed varied: yet there is an essential unity. Indians are also the largest diaspora in the globe. For centuries, Indian culture has moved out of the mainland and has created new hues across the globe.

In the globalized world order, our youngsters are now globe trotters. They need to be rooted in our culture. They are indeed searching, rediscovering and reassessing the Indian cultural heritage. Further, in the digitized world, India’s past and culture needs reassessment.

In this context, Utkal University in association with Institute of Media Studies (IMS), Bhubaneswar is organizing an ‘International Conference on Indian Cultural Heritage: Past, Present and the Future’ from 18 – 20 March 2017 at Bhubaneswar. The conference is supported by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and OdishaLIVE is associated as knowledge partner.

“The conference shall address all concerns relating to Indian cultural heritage. It would provide a platform to discuss, debate, exchange ideas and viewpoints leading to a better understanding of Indian culture, carrying forward the essence and securing its future” mentioned Prof. Upendra Padhi, Convenor, ICICH and Director, Institute of Media Studies (IMS), Bhubaneswar.

The Conference is expected to enable the policy makers, academia, scholars, researchers, historians, performing artists, tourism & media professionals, critics, writers, students and the youngsters in particular to appreciate, strengthen and reassess the Indian Culture. Hundreds of participants are set to join the 3-day conference from four SAARC countries including India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

The Conference is aimed to promote the rich and diversified cultural heritage of India as well as to deliberate the historical scenario and present issues related to Indian culture. This also aimed to strengthen the cultural exchanges and retying the knots with SAARC countries by analyzing the present policies and identification of new areas.

The inaugural ceremony is planned at CSIR – IMMT Bhubaneswar Auditorium today afternoon, where Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will join as Chief Guest. Among others Dr. Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty, Former Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademy; Prof. Dayaratne Edirisinghe, former Professor, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka will grace the occasion and Prof. Ranjan Kumar Bal, Chairman, ICICH and Chairman, PG Council, Utkal University will preside over.

‘Beside cultural exchange and ceremonial programmes, one of the major attraction would be the Plenary Sessions where more than 80 scholars from various countries will read out their intellectual papers and it would provide a platform to discuss, debate, exchange ideas and viewpoints leading to a better understanding of Indian culture, carrying forward the essence and securing its future’ said Nilambar Rath, Co-Convenor, ICICH and Founding Director-cum-CEO of OdishaLIVE. On 19th and 20th March, the Conference will continue at DDCE, Utkal University campus, where the scholarly papers will be presented on the theme. (For more on this please log in

Three publications are ready to be released during inaugural function – ‘Abstracts’, ‘Aitithya’ (Souvenir of the Conference) and the ‘Proceedings of the International Conference’. Interested people can obtain more information from the Conference Website

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