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Unveiling of Portrait of Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji at ICCR headquarters

New Delhi:14/8/20ICCR is organizing an event in the memory of late Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji, former Prime Minister of India on 16 August 2020 by unveiling Shri Vajpayee’s portrait at ICCR premises. The event is being organized on Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji’s 2nd  death anniversary remembering him and his contributions towards the building of Nation.

The event on 16 August will commence with the unveiling of Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji’s painting by Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India in a virtual model in the presence of Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs and Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of ICCR and Member of Parliament. The painting has been created in oil-on-canvas by Shri Vasudeo Kamath, an eminent and well-known painter in Mumbai, a gold medalist who has received several awards both nationally and internationally.

Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the ex-officio President of ICCR from March 1977 to August 1979 when he was Foreign Minister in the post- Emergency Janata government. During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Vajpayee Ji became the first person in 1977 to deliver a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in Hindi. It was his vision and guidance which saw ICCR further expand and propagate Indian culture worldwide.

As Member of Parliament, as Minister of External Affairs and finally, as Prime Minister, Late  Atal Bihari Vajpayee left a distinguishing and lasting impression on ICCR’s activities.

ICCR was established on 9 April 1950 to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other foreign countries and people. ICCR has 19 Regional Offices in various states in India and 38 Cultural Centres abroad to implement its programme globally. Over the years, ICCR has grown in size and its activities and is today the Cultural Diplomacy arm of the Ministry of External Affairs with a mandate to project India’s soft power abroad.

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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