Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck graced the fourth anniversary of Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre (NWCC) and an exhibition of paintings “Puducherry Blue” was also inaugurated yesterday at NWCC in Thimphu.
During the event, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, said NWCC will expand its activities beyond Thimphu and to the rest of Bhutan.
At the press conference held on September 26, Ambassador Gautam Bambawale said over the past four years NWCC has become the cultural life of Thimphu and it is also active across the country as the centre has done a series of projects and events across the length and breadth of Bhutan.
He said that the activities cover whole areas such as performing arts. He said the NWCC is now a hub where both adults and children come to engage themselves meaningfully. The centre undertake activities such as organizing cultural programmers, hosting of exhibition of paintings, fashion shows, screening of films, conducting yoga and music classes on a regular basis. It also has a big library where books on different subject such as religion, literature, culture, fiction, foreign affairs are kept.
NWCC also provides yoga classes. Ambassador Bambawale mentioned that the yoga classes are also given to the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP). He said NWCC is proud to conduct the literary fest, Mountain Echoes, as a regular event at the centre. The next Mountain Echoes is scheduled to be held in May 2015
A press release states that the roots of the warm and special relationship that India and Bhutan enjoys lie in history, geography and visionary leaders of two countries, the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958. Since the meeting of two great minds, the friendship between India and Bhutan became deep at official as well as peoples’ level.
As many as 836 practitioners of yoga, 809 music lovers have registered themselves with NWCC for availing the facilities of the centre. Additionally, there are 687 members of library who enjoy the benefit of borrowing books from library.
The centre also provide platform to the upcoming artist, writers, designers and meditation groups of Bhutan.
During the occasion, there were cultural program, yoga demonstration by students of NWCC and exhibition of paintings “Pudecherry Blue” which is outcome of works of artists from all the SAARC member countries who joined the artists camp at Puducherry (India) organized under the auspices of Indian council for cultural relations from March 3-9, 2010 and two artists from Bhutan, Karma Zangmo and Tshewang Tenzin participated in the camp.
The Foreign Minister, Rinzin Dorje and Information and Communications Minister, D N Dhungyel and other senior government official attended the event.