The first G20 Working Group (CWG) meeting of Culture is set to begin tomorrow, 22nd February, at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. The four-day meeting will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER Shri G.K Reddy, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar, and Minister of State for Culture Smt Meenakshi Lekhi. The delegates will participate in various cultural experiences and DIY activities, including traditional arts like papier mache, block printing, and henna art.
To celebrate the International Year of Millets (IYM) 2023, Padam Shri Mr. Nek Ram, known as the Millet man, has been invited to celebrate on the first day of the meeting. Additionally, the delegates will be welcomed with folk performances like Badhai and Rai at the Khajuraho Airport.
During the meeting, an exhibition titled “Re(ad)dress: Return of Treasures” will be inaugurated at the Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre (MCCC) on the first day. The cultural programs will include the Khajuraho Dance Festival Cultural performances, a visit to the Western Group of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a trip to the Panna Tiger Reserve.
More than 125 delegates will attend the meeting, including G20 member states, international organizations, and officials from the Ministry of Culture. The working group sessions are planned at the Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre, where four Culture Working Group meetings will be organized under India’s G20 presidency. The theme of G20 this year is “Vasudev Kutumbakam”- One Earth · One Family · One Future’.
According to Joint Secretary Ms. Lily Pandeya, who briefed the media today in Chattarpur near Khajuraho, the CWG meetings will also be held in Hampi, Bhubneshwar, and Varanasi under India’s G20 presidency. The meetings are aimed at promoting culture and cultural exchange among G20 member states, and further strengthening cultural cooperation among them.
The CWG meetings will provide a platform for G20 member states to discuss ways to promote cultural exchange and cooperation, develop cultural policies and regulations, and share best practices in the field of culture. It is a great opportunity for India to showcase its rich cultural heritage and exchange ideas with other G20 member states to foster cultural understanding and cooperation.
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