SAARC Symposium on Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Future (Host Member State-The Republic of India)

1. Background

SAARC Symposium on Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Future for 2024 was approved by the Thirteenth Meeting of the Governing Board of the SAARC Cultural Centre held from 28th to 29th November 2023 and at the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Programming Committee Meeting held in Kathmandu from 6th to 7th March 2024.
Heritage, both cultural and natural has become very important in the modern world and made the world smaller via easy access to information, fast communication and international travel due to the advance of transportation systems. Tourism, local, national and global has become a significant part of the economy and this has led to heritage sites becoming very popular. This has led to hordes of tourists visiting these sites, sometimes beyond the capacity of the site and invariable leading to the damage and destruction of heritage sites. Cultural heritage sites in South Asia are a part of the religious, social and cultural lives of the population and in many cases, living heritage sites where large numbers of traditional visitors and modern tourists congregate, increased pollution, environmental degradation etc., have aggravated the issues faced by the living heritage sites. The activities associated with the heritage sites for decades, especially the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) are also threatened, especially during and after the global pandemic.
In this rapidly changing world, heritage has become a centre for tourism and development of economy-based tourism disregarding the sustainability of heritage, especially the fragile and almost disappearing intangible cultural heritage. This has led to intangible cultural heritage becoming a tourist-oriented commodity with the social, cultural and religious values associated with, disappearing from communities and culture. This symposium is planned to address these issues and to preserve heritage and heritage values while ensuring the economic and social benefits are shared among local communities.
The symposium will be for two (2) days followed by one (1) day cultural tour. Papers for the symposium will be invited from academics from universities, institutes, independent researchers, heritage practitioners, etc., from the honoured Member States.

2. Research Questions

The SAARC Symposium aims to address the following research questions:

2.1. How can heritage conservation contribute to sustainable development goals in the SAARC Region?
2.2. In what ways can heritage be used to promote Regional Unity?
2.3. What measures can be taken to ensure the preservation of heritage sites amidst increasing tourist activities?
2.4. How can communities balance the need to preserve ICH practices while adapting to modern challenges and changes?
2.5. In what ways can indigenous communities be empowered to share their knowledge for sustainable development initiatives?
2.6. What strategies can be implemented to mitigate the effects of climate change on heritage conservation?
2.7. How has social media transformed the way we interact with cultural heritage?

3. Objectives

The main objectives of the SAARC Symposium are as follows:

3.1. To create a platform to bring together interdisciplinary Regional professionals to discuss key issues and debates relating to the protection of heritage for a sustainable future;
3.2. To identify ways in which communities can actively participate in sustainable development initiatives while preserving their cultural heritage;
3.3. To promote Regional Unity through intercultural dialogue;
3.4. To examine the benefits and drawbacks of heritage tourism for local communities;
3.5. To investigate the effective ways to safeguard and transmit ICH practices to future generations;
3.6. To examine how indigenous knowledge systems can promote sustainable living practices;
3.7. To explore how social media platforms can be utilised to engage diverse audiences in heritage-related discussions.
3.8. To bring out publication in the form of the Book of Abstracts of Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Future.

4. Methodology

The SAARC Symposium will be a blend of theoretical discussions and practical case studies, making it an enriching and interactive experience for the participants.

4.1. Speakers will do oral presentations to share their expertise and insights on the subject.
4.2. Assign session chairs to introduce speakers, manage Q & A sessions and ensure the smooth flow of the symposium.
4.3. Virtual options will be available for those participants unable to attend physically.

5. Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the SAARC Symposium are the following:

5.1. Identify challenges and opportunities in balancing cultural preservation with sustainable development practices.
5.2. Creation of new partnerships and collaborations between organizations working in the fields of culture, heritage and sustainability within the SAARC Region.
5.3. Dissemination of best practices, case studies and research findings within the SAARC Region through the publication of papers presented at the Symposium and uploading them online at the SAARC Cultural Centre website for free global access.

6. Sub-themes:

6.1. Heritage and Sustainable Development
Heritage and sustainable development go hand in hand. Preserving heritage is vital for sustainable development as it provides a connection to the past and paves the way for a better future. By integrating heritage conservation into development strategies, we can ensure the longevity of both tangible and intangible heritage for future generations. For this session, we seek contributions that illustrate this interconnectivity between Heritage and Sustainable Development.

6.2. Heritage and Peace
Heritage has the power to build bridges and foster understanding among different communities. By promoting mutual respect and understanding for heritage, conflicts can be reduced and a more peaceful and inclusive society can be created. For this session, we are looking for papers that illustrate how heritage can play a crucial role in promoting peace and harmony.

6.3. Heritage Tourism
Heritage Tourism has become increasingly popular in recent years as it offers an opportunity to showcase cultural heritage and provides economic benefits to the local communities. In this session, we seek papers that address how promoting responsible tourism practices, heritage sites can be preserved for future generations.

6.4. Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Practices for Communities
ICH practices play a significant role in shaping the identities of communities. By recognizing and safeguarding ICH practices, we can foster a sense of pride and belonging among communities. In this session, we seek papers that illustrate how, by safeguarding and promoting these practices, communities can maintain their cultural continuity.

6.5. Indigenous Knowledge for Sustainable Development
Indigenous knowledge has proven to be a valuable resource for sustainable development, especially in the face of environmental challenges. In this session, we encourage research papers that show how incorporating indigenous wisdom into development plans, we can promote a more harmonious relationship between humans and the environment.

6.6. Heritage and Climate Change
Climate Change poses a significant threat to heritage sites. Rising sea levels, global warming. etc. pose a significant threat to our heritage sites. In this session, we welcome papers that address the impact of climate change on heritage and how we can work towards developing adaptive strategies to protect these valuable assets for future generations.

6.7. Role of Social Media for Heritage
In the digital age, social media has emerged as a powerful tool for promoting heritage. Social media platforms have transformed the way we engage with heritage. In this session, we seek papers that explore the role social media plays in raising awareness in preserving heritage resources.

7. Participants

7.1. Officially Nominated Participants from the Member States
The SAARC Cultural Centre invites all Member States to send a maximum of Five (5) Official Nominations of experts working on the abovementioned theme from their respective countries for the SAARC Symposium. The participants may be selected from diverse disciplines among academics and policy-makers including but not limited to archaeologists, art historians, conservators, curators, museologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and heritage site managers. The SAARC Cultural Centre would provide local hospitality (Hotel accommodations on a full board basis) and local transport to all Official Nominees of the SAARC Member States.
7.1.1. The airfare of the Official Nominees of the SAARC Member States is to be borne
by the respective Member States.
7.1.2. The Host Member State can nominate a maximum of 15 Official Nominees. All Official Nominees of the Host Member State will be invited to participate in the Cultural Tour and provided with the symposium kit. Official Nominees from the Host State will be provided with accommodation if required depending on the availability of the budget.
7.1.3. All Official Nominees must present a paper at the symposium.

7.2. Other Participants from the Member States
Category A
7.2.1. The SAARC Cultural Centre would also accept the participation of other experts from the Member States (other than the Official Nominees of the respective SAARC Member States).
7.2.2. Applications should be sent through the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Ministry of External Affairs to the SAARC Secretariat.
7.2.3. The selection of Other Participants (Category A) will be at the discretion of the SAARC Cultural Centre based on the availability of space and the relevance of the abstract to the symposium themes.
7.2.4. Air Travel is to be borne by the participant and SCC will provide accommodation (depending on availability), Symposium kit and the cultural tour.

Category B
7.2.5. Participants from the Host Member State (the Republic of India) where the symposium is held can participate. (It is anticipated that researchers, academics, etc., from the host city will present papers at the symposium).
7.2.6. Other Paper Presenters (Category B) from the Host Member State (the Republic of India) will not be provided with travel and accommodation.
7.2.7. Other Paper Presenters (Category B) will receive the symposium kit and meals during the symposium.
7.2.8. Virtual Participants -Participants unable to attend the symposium physically can join virtually.
7.2.9. Officials of the SAARC Cultural Centre-The Director, Deputy Director-Research (officiate the symposium) and two other officials from SCC will attend this event.

7.3. Additional Information
7.3.1. Registration Forms of all participants (Official Nominees, Other Participants Category A and B) must be received through the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Ministry of External Affairs of the Member State to the SAARC Secretariat.
7.3.2. The Language of the symposium is English. All abstracts and presentations should be in English.
7.3.3. The SAARC Cultural Centre reserves the right to select the Other Participants (in Category A and B) for the symposium.
7.3.4. The symposium facilities (delegate kit, tea, working lunch) as well as invitations to special events and the field trip would be extended to all participants.

7.4. Nomination Process
7.4.1. The Official Nominees will be selected by each Member State comprising leading academics, archaeologists and other experts from the Member States. Official Nominations should be submitted to the SAARC Secretariat, with the Registration Form (Annexure 1) and the Format for the Submission of State Papers/Abstracts (Annexure 2) attached (or downloaded from the SCC website) and the details requested below.
7.4.2. All Other Participants (Category A) from each Member State should forward their information (including Annexure 1 & Annexure 2) through the respective Foreign Ministries to the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu.
7.4.3. An advance copy can be emailed to sccpublications@gmail.com or dd-research@saarcculture.org.

7.5. All Participants should include:
7.5.1. Full Name and Affiliation of the Person and other details requested in the Registration Form attached herewith. (Registration Form – Annexure 1)
7.5.2. Detailed CV of the participant.
7.5.3. Scanned copy of Passport / Scanned copy of National Identification from the Participants of the Host Member State.
7.5.4. An Abstract (350 words) of the proposed paper. The Abstract should be submitted in the Submission Form attached herewith. (Format for the Submission of Abstracts-Annexure 2)
7.5.5. The participants are requested to submit their full papers by 20th August 2024 and prepare a PowerPoint Presentation of 15 minutes maximum to be presented during the SAARC Symposium.

7.6. Time Schedule for the Symposium Paper Submissions
Call for Papers 1st May 2024
The deadline for accepting Nominees & Participants 30th June 2024
Selection of Abstracts & Informing Participants 20th July 2024
Submission of full papers to be published before the symposium 20th August 2024
Symposium and Cultural Tour Dates (TBA) October 2024

8. Tentative Dates-

(TBA)October 2024

9. Venue of the Symposium

India

10. Focal Person at the SAARC Cultural Centre

Dr. Bina Gandhi Deori
Deputy Director (Research)
Email: dd-research@saarcculture.org

Download PDF Documents : Annexure 1 & Annexure 2

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Call For Research Proposals – Research Grant on Intangible Cultural Heritage for Food Storage in the SAARC Region

1. Background

SAARC Research Project Grants on Intangible Cultural Heritage for Food Storage in the SAARC Region was approved by the Thirteenth Meeting of the Governing Board of the SAARC Cultural Centre held from 28th to 29th November 2023 and at the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Programming Committee Meeting held in Kathmandu from 6th to 7th March 2024.

The Research Grants provide an opportunity for scholars, and researchers to conduct in-depth studies on traditional food storage/preservation practices used by different cultures within the SAARC Region. By studying these practices, we hope to better understand their effectiveness and potential for modern-day applications and environmentally friendly and chemical-free food.

The Research Grants will provide an opportunity for the Member States to explore new research areas along the intangible cultural heritage for food storage/preservation practices in the SAARC Region. Research findings can help the integration of these traditional practices into modern-day food storage/preservation systems for a more sustainable future.

Research and documentation of these traditional storage/preservation practices as intangible cultural heritage can contribute to the preservation of cultural diversity, promote sustainability, enhance food security and potential economic benefits for the local communities. This will help in preserving the cultural identity of traditional food storage and preservation, and promote diversity and understanding within the SAARC Region.

2. Research Questions

The Research Grant aims to address the following research questions:

2.1. What are the benefits of preserving traditional food storage/preservation and intangible cultural heritage for future generations?
2.2. How can traditional knowledge and modern technology be integrated to develop more efficient and sustainable food storage/preservation practices in the SAARC Region?
2.3. How can the traditional food storage/preservation methods contribute towards sustainable environments?
2.4. What are the key challenges regarding traditional food storage/preservation in the SAARC Region and how can these challenges be addressed to prevent food waste and improve food security?
2.5. How can the impact of modernization and globalization on traditional food storage/ preservation practices be changed?

3. Objectives

Through the Research Grants, the SAARC Cultural Centre aims to:

3.1. Encourage new research in the field of traditional food storage/preservation practices in the SAARC Region;
3.2. Facilitate new approaches to study traditional food storage/ preservation practices and explore ways to revive and preserve endangered food storage/ preservation practices;
3.3. Present innovative measures for the conservation and preservation of traditional food storage/preservation practices;
3.4. Identify the challenges and threats communities face in preserving the traditional food storage/preservation practices and how can they overcome them.;
3.5. To bring out the publication of the Research Final Reports and to be uploaded to the SAARC Website for free global access.

4. Research Grant Overview

The SAARC Cultural Centre invites academics and researchers from Member States to submit detailed Research project proposals (along with a detailed budget breakdown for US$ 3,000) for new and innovative short-term research projects on the ICH and Traditional Food Storage in the SAARC Region.

The selection of research project proposals will be carried out by a Team of Experts selected by the SAARC Cultural Centre. The first instalment of the grant (US$ 1500) will be made at the commencement of the Research Project. The final payment is subject to the review of the final presentation made to a team of experts via video conferencing and submission of the final research paper. Any suggestions/recommendations made by the SCC Team of Experts at this stage are to be included in the research process by the respective researchers.

Each researcher will be required to submit a Research Report on Academic Research quality to be published in the “ICH and Traditional Food Storage Practices in SAARC Region” publication series of the SAARC Cultural Centre.

5. Research Proposal Themes

5.1.Traditional Techniques and Knowledge of Food Storage/Preservation
The traditional techniques of food storage/preservation have been developed over centuries to preserve food for a longer period. These techniques vary from region to region like smoking, drying, pickling, fermenting etc. This session seeks contributions that explore the different methods of food storage/preservation practised in the SAARC Region.

5.2.Intersections of Food Storage/Preservation Practices with Cultural Identity and Heritage
Food storage/preservation practices are deeply intertwined with cultural identity and heritage preservation. This session encourages papers that reflect the values, beliefs and traditions of a community, making them an integral part of cultural heritage.

5.3.Oral Traditions Related to Food Storage/Preservation Methods
Oral traditions related to food storage/preservation methods are an integral part of cultural heritage. This session welcomes papers exploring the oral traditions that give insight into the cultural significance of food storage/preservation practices and their role in the community.

5.4.Sustainability and Resilience of Traditional Food Storage/Preservation Practices in the Modern World
Traditional food storage/preservation practices have stood the test of time and have proven to be sustainable and resilient in the modern world. This session seeks contributions that highlight these aspects of traditional food storage/preservation practices.

5.5. Gender Roles and Traditional Food Storage/Preservation
Gender roles have a significant impact on traditional food storage/preservation practices. In many cultures, women are responsible for processing and storing food. In this session, we seek contributions that address the division of labour that has resulted in different techniques and methods of food storage/preservation.

5.6. Revival and Preservation of Endangered Food Storage/Preservation Practices
There is a recent trend of revival of these practices due to their cultural significance and sustainability. Efforts are being made to preserve and promote endangered food storage/preservation practices to keep their cultural heritage alive. In this session, we welcome papers that examine the role played by various organizations and communities to preserve and promote endangered food storage/preservation practices.

5.7. Community-based Approaches to Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage Related to Food Storage/Preservation
The community-based approach to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage related to food storage/preservation is crucial for preserving these practices. Organisations and communities are coming together to document and promote traditional food storage/preservation practices. This session welcomes papers that explore active community participation in knowledge sharing.

6. Eligibility

6.1. Academics, Scholars and Researchers of the SAARC Member States.
6.2. Academics, Scholars and Researchers who have received Research Grants from the SAARC Cultural Centre previously within the last 5 years will not be eligible.

7. Application Process

7.1. Format for the Application is attached herewith as Annexure-1 (to be filled for both Seminar and Research Grant and Annexure-3 (to be filled only for the Research Grant) and available at the SAARC Cultural Centre website. (www.saarcculture.org).

7.2. All sections of the application are to be completed (Part- A, B and C). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

7.3. Each Member State can forward any number of Research Proposals for consideration.

7.4. Research Proposals should be for innovative and new research based on the themes mentioned above or on a new theme related to Intangible Cultural Heritage for Food Storage in the SAARC Region.

7.5. Application forms must be channelled through the respective Ministry of Foreign/External Affairs of the Member States and the SAARC Secretariat to SCC.

7.6. An advance copy can be emailed to the SAARC Cultural Centre- sccpublications@gmail.com or dd-research@saarcculture.org

7.7. All Research Proposals should reach the SAARC Cultural Centre by 20th June 2024.

7.8. The Research Grant will be distributed in 2 instalments – The first instalment (US$ 1500) at the commencement of the project and the final instalment (US$ 1500) after the submission of the Final Report.

7.9. The final payment is subject to the review of the final presentation made to a Team of Experts via Video Conferencing and submission of the final research paper. Any suggestions/recommendations made by the SCC Team of Experts at this stage should be included in the research process by the respective researchers.

7.10. At the end of the Research Project each researcher will be required to submit a research report of academic research quality.

8. Time Schedule

Deadline for Accepting Research Proposals – 20th June 2024
Selection of Research Proposals – 30th June 2024
Commencement of the Project – 10th July 2024
Mid-Term Review of the Research to the Team of Experts – (TBA) October 2024
Final Report – 20th December 2024

9. Focal Person at the SAARC Cultural Centre

Dr. Bina Gandhi Deori, Deputy Director (Research)
Email: dd-research@saarcculture.org/sccpublications@gmail.com

Download PDF Documents : Annexure-1 & Annexure-3

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Fourth Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming Fourth Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024 on 30th April 2024 (Tuesday) at 2:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Aly Shameem, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts, Maldives National University.

Dr. Aly Shameem will deliver his lecture on the topic “Maldives Cultural Music and Dances: Local and Regional Blend of Rich Performing Arts Traditions”.

The presentation is open to public. To attend kindly register at the link given below.

Please click here to register
Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/eto-fgdk-yze

Do spread the word. We look forward to your participation and engaging discussions during this enlightening lecture.

SAARC FESTIVAL OF RICE CULINARY ARTS AND SPICE EXHIBITION

Participatory Programme – Royal Government of Bhutan

1. Introduction
It is believed that rice was domesticated in Asia more than 5,000 years ago and since then has been a part of the diet in Asia. Rice is one of the most important staple foods of the SAARC Region and has been cultivated in all SAARC Member States for centuries. This has gradually changed with the population increase and globalization making it cheaper to import, and the traditional rice varieties and cultivation have disappeared from some areas. The Festival of Rice Culinary Arts and Spice Exhibition is planned with the intention to revitalize the intangible cultural heritage associated with traditional foods of Asia which is based on rice and spice. This programme will highlight the resilient cultural heritage of the SAARC Region and help in the process of recovering and rebuilding after the global pandemic.

There are many rituals associated with rice including being the main food item at celebrations, festivals, life events such as birth, marriage and death, etc. Rice made for special occasions are flavoured by spices and other ingredients which are found in each Member State. Rice is also used in creating multiple types of foods including porridge, sweets, breads, medicines and fermented drinks. The SAARC Member States use different processes to create these food items and add different ingredients to increase the nutrition and flavours.

The Festival of Rice Culinary Arts and Spice Exhibition will be an opportunity for culinary artists to compare and contrast their processes, styles and methods of cooking with the others of the Region. The exhibition will also reflect different aspects of the shared cultural heritage of the SAARC Region.

2. Objectives
The main objectives of the SAARC Festival of Rice Culinary Arts and Spice Exhibition are as follows:

  • To revitalize the disappearing crafts associated with rice culinary arts of the SAARC Region.
  • To introduce the traditional, fusion and modern rice-based cuisines of the SAARC Member States to the SAARC Region and the international arena through tourists.
  • To compile records of the recipes, cuisine, traditional tools, and other elements utilized by food artisans involved in the festival.
  • To provide an opportunity to introduce traditional rice varieties of the Member States to a wider international audience.
  • To provide an opportunity for the participants to introduce the spices of each Member State to other participants, exchange ideas and create new recipes.

3. Programme
The SAARC Festival of Rice Culinary Arts and Spice Exhibition will have different components which will be used to highlight the culinary arts associated with rice varieties of the Member States and the intangible cultural heritage which are slowly disappearing. This will be a 4-day programme and all participants of the Member States shall participate in all the segments of the programme.

1) Food Festival
There will be stalls allocated to each participant Member State to share their rice-based traditional, fusion and modern food, street foods and others for the public to enjoy. The menus for the food festival will be decided by the participants of each Member State. Ingredients which should be made available for food preparation should be conveyed to the SAARC Cultural Centre by the participants at the earliest. The SCC will inform the participants of available resources at the earliest. All Member States should participate in the Food Festival and should be prepared to bring all the necessary special ingredients to prepare the food.

2) Live Cooking Demonstrations
The Festival will also provide an opportunity for live cooking demonstrations of street/local rice-based cuisines of the Region. The choice of food for live cooking demonstrations is at the discretion of the Member States and the participants. This could include staple food, savoury, sweet, snacks, drinks, etc., based on rice. All Member States should participate in this event and necessary ingredients, utensils, etc., should be planned ahead in coordination with the SAARC Cultural Centre.

3) Spice Exhibition
The Member States have different spices which enrich the taste of the food. The raw material for the spices is very similar but the quantities used and the ingredients mixed are slightly different creating different aromas of the food. The Spice Exhibition will be an opportunity to display the native spices of the Member States and provide an opportunity for the public to appreciate the different spices. The participants of the Member States should be able to introduce the spices with the specific ingredients and the special food made with these spices authentic to each Member State.

4) Exhibition of Traditional Implements used in Rice Culinary Arts
SAARC Member States are the inheritors of multiple utensils created to meet the needs of cuisines before the industrial age. Today many of these implements are replaced by electronic gadgets which makes the tasks faster but sometimes there is a slight difference in the taste. For example, hand ground (using mortar and pestle) rice has more fibre in the flour than the machine ground rice. This will be an opportunity to introduce the younger generation to fast disappearing utensils and to learn about their uses. Some of these implements will be heavy and the SAARC Cultural Centre hopes that the participants will bring photographs / sketches of traditional implements to be displayed. This will provide an opportunity to understand the similarities and differences in the traditional culinary implements of the SAARC Region. All Member State should try to bring the portable utensils, photographs, documentaries, videos, etc., of traditional utensils for this segment of the programme.

5) Workshop and Webinar on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Rice Culinary Arts
During the festival, the participants will be given an opportunity to discuss the intangible cultural heritage of rice culinary arts and to share knowledge and information. This will also give an opportunity for the culinary experts in the SAARC Region to share their views and ideas virtually. The webinar information will be made available and will be an open forum where culinary experts and practitioners of the culinary intangible heritage of the Region can participate in real-time. This information will be documented and shared online. All Member States should participate physically and virtually.

4. Participants
1) Officially Nominated Participants from the Member States
The honoured Member States to select participants who can contribute to the multiple segments of the Programme mentioned above. At least one participant should be able to share their knowledge / skills on each segment.
i. Host Member State of the Royal Government of Bhutan is invited to nominate a maximum of twenty (20) participants. Other Member States are invited to nominate a maximum of six (06) participants for the SAARC Festival of Rice Culinary Arts and Spice Exhibition.
ii. The Honoured Member States are respectfully requested to take into consideration the following guidelines.

  • The participants should be chefs, cooks, creators of food and new recipes, etc. They should be known for their creations of rice-based cuisine.
  • Among the participants at least one (01) person should be a Resource Person knowledgeable about the Rice Culinary Arts and the Intangible Cultural Heritage associated with culinary arts of the Member State.
  • A gender balance among the participants should be maintained if possible.
  • The nominated participants should be experts on traditional, fusion and modern rice based culinary arts.
  • Participants from different areas/regions of the Member States would be highly appreciated.

2) Other Participants from the Member States
i. Category A – The SAARC Cultural Centre would also accept the participation of other Experts from the Member States (other than the Official Nominees of the respective SAARC Member States).

  • The selection of other participants (Category A) will be at the discretion of the SAARC Cultural Centre based on the availability of space, their experience and expertise in Rice Culinary Arts and Spices.
  • Air Travel to be borne by the participant and SCC will provide accommodation and the cultural tour depending on availability.

ii. Category B – Participants from the Host Country where the event is held can participate. (Participants with culinary experience of rice cuisines in the Royal Government of Bhutan and traditional methods of creating various dishes can be included in this category.)

  • Other Participants (Category B) from the Host Member State will not be provided with Travelling and Accommodation.
  • Other Participants (Category B) will be provided access to the Stalls/Exhibition Area.

3) Virtual Participants – All Member States to nominate any number of Rice Culinary Experts / Intangible Cultural Practitioners of Rice Culinary Arts to join the Workshop/Webinar virtually. The Virtual activities will be open to the Public.

5. Nomination Procedure and Deadline
1) The names of all participants (Official & Other Participants Category A & B), relevant biographical information including their culinary experiences, contact details and copy of passport should be sent through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / External Affairs of the Member State via the SAARC Secretariat to the SAARC Cultural Centre.
2) The Member States are required to send their Official and Other nominations for the SAARC Festival of Rice Culinary Arts and Spice Exhibition via the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs / External Affairs at the earliest.
3) All Participants (Official Nominees and Other Participants) must fill the Registration Form which is attached as Annexure 1.

6. Additional Information for the Participants
1) Transport (Airfare) of the nominated participants to the Host Member State should be borne by the nominating Member State as per SAARC practice.
2) All local hospitality including accommodation, meals and local transportation will be provided for the officially nominated participants for the official duration of the Programme by the SAARC Cultural Centre.
3) General ingredients (vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, etc.) for the cuisine, if available in the Host Member State will be provided by the SAARC Cultural Centre. The list of ingredients and required quantities need to be sent to the SAARC Cultural Centre by the participants before the programme.
4) Required cooking utensils (ovens, cookers, pots and pans, etc.) will be provided by the SAARC Cultural Centre, however, specific requirements should be conveyed to the Centre by the participants.

7. Dates
From 16th to 19th July 2024.

8. Venue of the Programme
Paro, Bhutan.

9. Contact Information
Ms. Bindu Urugodawatte
Deputy Director – Programmes
SAARC Cultural Centre
Colombo
Sri Lanka.
Email : dd-programmes@saarcculture.org / sccprogrammes2023@gmail.com
WhatsApp / Mobile : +94 76 068 8369

Registration Form : PDF Document Download / Word Document Download

SAARC Film Day 2024 – “PINK” from India

The SAARC Cultural Centre will be screening the award-winning movie “PINK” at the Moon Bastion of the World Heritage City of Galle on 5th April 2024 at 8:30 pm.  PINK is a movie portraying three young female professionals facing social and cultural prejudices, political pressure and respect for their choices.  It is a movie with strong social meaning which encourages women to speak up in society and fight for their choices.   

Pink is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and was first screened in 2016.  The Cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Vijay Varma, etc. 

Please join us at the Moon Bastion Open Air to enjoy this uplifting movie. 

Date: 5th April 2024 Time: 8:30 pm onwards Location: Moon Bastion of the World Heritage City of Galle

Entrance Free

SAARC Puppetry Day – Sri Lanka

Introduction

The SAARC Puppetry Day was introduced this year to highlight fast disappearing traditional entertainment of puppetry.  The pandemic had rather adverse effect on this traditional entertainment due to travel restrictions and many of the traditional puppetry craftspeople had to leave their trade and look for new avenues of economic support thereby having a detrimental effect on the already disappearing craft.  The puppetry tradition in Sri Lanka uses handmade puppets using traditional techniques and methods passed down from generation to generation.  This is an attempt by the SAARC Cultural Centre to ensure the intangible heritage of the puppetry traditions of Sri Lanka, both the art of making them and the tradition of using folk stories, Buddhist stories and others to entertain their audiences are brought alive and enjoyed by the SAARC Region. 

Puppetry Day Programme

The Puppetry Day will consist of 2 shows:

  • The main event will be the evening show at 7:00 pm under darkness for a larger international and public audience. 
  • There will be a special school show organized at 3:00 pm for local school audiences on the same day.  

The Puppeteers use puppets to share folk tales and traditional historical stories of Sri Lanka, etc., passing on the intangible cultural heritage of puppet making, folk lore, historical stories, etc., to the next generation.  Some of the stories and events used for the Puppet show are as follows: 

  • The Story of Saliya & Asokamala (This is a Sri Lankan story about the heir to the throne falling in love with a girl from the gypsy clan and leaving his royal family to be with his beloved.  There are many traditional verses and songs about this Sri Lankan love story.)
  • Vidura Jataka Story – (A story which reveals the wisdom of Bodhisattva.) 
  • Sirisangabo Story (This is the story of a Sri Lankan King Sirisangabo who gave away his throne to his brother and became a hermit and sacrificed himself to give his head to a poor traveller to get his reward.)
  • Pooja Dance (The dance of blessings which is commonly used in rituals in Sri Lanka.)
  • Bahubootha Kolama (Comic relief with Jesters)
  • Pandam Paliya (Fire Dance)
  • Cart Accident

This is a FREE Public Event and all are welcome. 

SAARC Puppetry Day

SAARC Cultural Centre Presents World Puppetry Day Celebrations On Friday 5th April 2024 At Moon Bastion, World Heritage City of Galle at 7:00 pm . A Special School Show will be held @ 3:00 pm at the Moon Bastion, World Heritage City of Galle.

Second Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming Second Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024 on 20th February 2024 (Tuesday) at 3:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Shrikant Ganvir, Assistant Professor, Dept of A.I.H.C. and Archaeology, Deccan College PGRI, Deemed to be University, Pune, India.

Dr. Shrikant Ganvir will deliver his lecture on the topic “Sacred Landscape of the Buddhist Monastic Sites of North-eastern Andhra Pradesh, India”.

The presentation is open to public. To attend kindly register at the link given below.

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Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/dnq-eyuq-asi

Do spread the word. We look forward to your participation and engaging discussions during this enlightening lecture.

First Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming First Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2024 on 30th January 2024 (Tuesday) at 3:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Swadhin Sen, Department of Archaeology, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.

Prof. Swadhin Sen will deliver his lecture on the topic “Breaking the Spatiotemporal Boundaries of Continuity and Change: Thinking About Archaeology of Bangladesh”.

The presentation is open to public. To attend kindly register at the link given below.

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Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/utq-jgep-cre

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SAARC Talk Series 2023 for the month of December

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming Eighth SAARC Talk Series on 6th December 2023 (Wednesday) at 2:00 pm (Sri Lanka Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Eng.(Dr.) Sanath Panawennage, Director General and Chief Executive of the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Colombo,Sri Lanka

Eng.(Dr.) Sanath Panawennage will deliver his lecture on the topic “Preserving South Asia’s Cultural Heritage: ‘Space’ as a Decisive Enabler”.

The presentation is open to public. To attend kindly register at the link given below.

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Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/jfz-krot-mnm

Do spread the word. We look forward to your participation and engaging discussions during this enlightening lecture.