In the year that Italy remembers one of its greatest poets Dante Alighieri, the country has increased its cultural reach in India. Last week, the Italian envoy to India, Vincenzo de Luca inaugurated the Italian Cultural Festival in India. The mega Italian cultural festival in India was opened in the presence of Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and the Director General of the Council for Indian Cultural Relations, Dinesh K. Patnaik.
The event was held at the Italian embassy in Delhi. The event, which follows all COVID-19 protocols, is the first physical event organized by the embassy since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outreach will see an important focus on Dante Alighieri, whose 700th anniversary of his death comes this year. As part of his memorial service, a program will be held that will feature a number of events from the participation of experts at the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) to music, theater and cinematographic productions dedicated to his masterpiece “Divine Comedy”.
During last year’s India-Italy virtual summit, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte invited Indian PM Modi to his country for Dante Alighieri’s birthday celebrations. He has made numerous references to India, including a reference to the Ganges in his “Divine Comedy”.
Meanwhile, Italy will attend India’s premier film festival and will promote “innovative projects” as part of its outreach. A documentary screening dedicated to India by Italian film directors – Pasolini and Rossellini – is scheduled for an open cinema session. The second half of 2021 will see an exhibition of Italian fashion inspired by India, which will be held at a historical monument in Delhi.
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