Indian Cultural Center to Be Built

DENPASAR ~ Reflecting both cultures’ similarities, a new Indian cultural center is due to open here soon, after the local government provided a 629-square-meter plot of land for the project.

The Bali administration’s commitment to provide the land was outlined in an agreement signed by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Navrekha Sharma and Bali Governor Dewa Beratha here on Monday, state news agency Antara reported.

Sound bilateral relations between Indonesia and India could be improved further in the future, the ambassador said.

“The cooperation which could be further intensified includes tourism, culture and education,” said the envoy.

The center in Bali will be the second of its kind in Indonesia, the first located in Jakarta.

A temporary Indian Cultural Center was set up in Bali in January 2004, in a rented building, said Antara.

Dr. Somvir, coordinator of the new permanent Indian cultural center in Bali, said it would hold regular art and cultural activities, such as traditional Indian dance courses and yoga training courses with trainers from India.

The cultural center would also be equipped with a library, he said.

Governor Beratha hailed the plan to intensify cooperation, noting that both Bali and India had unique cultures and predominantly Hindu populations.

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