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Hindu Cultural Trails: Celebration of a Timeless Tradition – Gods and Goddesses, Pilgrims and Prayers, Temples and Texts

Background The 18th SAARC Summit held in November 2014 in Kathmandu approved the proposal “South Asian Cultural Trails” which commenced with the Research Seminar on Buddhist Cultural Trails in 2017.  The SAARC Seminar, Research Grant and Publications on Hindu Cultural Trails will be the second Seminar in the series of “South Asian Cultural Trails”. The […]


SAARC Archaeology and Heritage Management Training Workshop

Footsteps of the Past, Custodians of the Present, Heritage of the Future Afghanistan 26th to 28th August 2018 Kabul, Afghanistan Background Tangible Cultural Heritage (TCH) of South Asia is not limited to World Heritage Sites and the landscape is dotted with archaeological sites indicating the long and eventful history of the Region.  In many of […]

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SAARC Research Grants 2018

Background The Research Grants will provide an opportunity for the Member States to explore new research areas and sites along the Hindu Cultural Trails.  This will also act as a precursor to the Cultural Trails proposed for the future and lay the ground work in research to look at Cultural Trails as connected routes where […]


  • Tender Notice – SAARC Energy Centre

    SAARC Energy Centre invites sealed tenders for Design, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning, along with After Sales Service, of 20 kW, 3 Phase Hybrid Solar System for two office buildings located each in Kabul and Dhaka. All Reputed national/multi-national firms with sound financial strength, specialization in Hybrid Solar PV systems, having good track record of […]

  • SAARC Handicraft Exhibition and Workshop Thimphu, Bhutan 31st May 2018 to 1st June 2018

    Handicrafts are a part of the culture of the SAARC Region, the tangible representation of the intangible aspects of culture.  The artisans create their products using traditional material and techniques which reflect the history of each Member State through handicraft.  Many of these handicrafts, associated knowledge and techniques, specially the intangible aspects are fast disappearing […]

  • The Eighth SAARC Film Festival 2018 – Awards Ceremony

    The Eighth SAARC Film Festival was concluded with the Eighth SAARC Film Awards Ceremony held at the National Film Corporation Film Theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 27th May 2018. The Hon. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs graced this occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Munir Ghiasy of the Embassy of […]

  • SAARC Cultural Capital

    The city of Thimphu in the SAARC Member State of Bhutan was decalred the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2018, at an auspicious and traditional opening ceremony on the 31st of May 2018. The Exhibition of Handicrafts was also declared open following the official ceremony. The Chief Guest  for the event was the  honorable […]



The rich and diverse cultural heritage of South Asian civilizations go beyond its mere projection within the walls of museums, art galleries and commercial exhibitions. The evocative works of the inspired artisans and craftsmen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are what have shaped the cultural, social and at times, […]




The Centre is intended to function as a major meeting point for the artistic communities of the member states. The Centre will provide the necessary facilities and conditions for individuals and groups in various fields of interest to meet and interact in a conducive environment.



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