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05 Jul 2011

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries, and to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people.

The Council has an ambitious publication programme that has grown over the years. The Council brings out five journals in five different languages:

  1. Indian Horizons (English quarterly)

  2. Gagananchal (Hindi, once in two months)

  3. Papeles de la India (Spanish, bi-annual)

  4. Rencontre avec L' Inde (French, bi-annual)

  5. Thaqafat-ul-Hind (Arabic quarterly)

In addition, over the years, the Council has published books on a wide range of subjects, ranging from the arts to philosophy, diplomacy, language and literature. Works of eminent Indian men of letters, statesmen and philosophers like Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Nehru and Tagore, among others, hold pride of place in ICCR’s Publication Programme. The Programme is focused particularly on books relating to Indian Culture, Philosophy and Mythology, Music, Dance, Theatre and includes translations of Sanskrit classics in a number of languages including French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and English.

The Council has facilitated the translations of seminal World Literature into Hindi, English and other Indian languages.

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