The Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in Male yesterday launched a program to conduct Hindi lessons for Maldivians.
Speaking during the function held at the ICC, Chief Guest and Indian High Commissioner to the Maldives D.M Mulay was appreciative of the ICC’s initiative and stressed on the need for neighbors to be able to understand each other.
ICC Director Amrendra Mishra, appealed to the gathering to make the Indian Cultural Centre a forum for discussion and an exchange of ideas between Maldivians and Indians in order to strengthen the bond between the two countries.
Mr. Giridhar Godhkar, a speech therapist by profession, who has been appointed to teach Hindi to the locals promised to give his best to the centre and to the program during his address of the gathering.
This was followed by a small poetry reading session by a local student of Arabiyya School, who fluently read out some poetry in Hindi as well as in Dhivehi.
The cultural program was initiated with a soulful performance by Shafeeq Sir, well known in and around Male for his beautiful renditions of ghazals by Jagjit Singh and Mohammed Rafi. Islam Khan, who teaches music at the centre, accompanied him on the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.
There was also a Kathak dance performance by some Maldivian and Indian children.
The ICC was set up in July 2011 to promote cultural interaction between India and the Maldives. It currently provides free yoga, Kathak and tabla lessons. It is also a platform for artistic expression in the form of poetry, dance and music.