PUDUCHERRY (VNS)— As many as 15,000 citizens from the Indian coastal city Puducherry attended the opening of the fifth Viet Nam-India Cultural Festival on Sunday.
More than 20 art pieces were performed by Vietnamese and Indian artists, conveying themes from Viet Nam's land and people, to the late President Ho Chi Minh and the longstanding friendship with India.
Millions of Indian television viewers tuned in, and the festival was widely declared as a success.
The four-day event was jointly held by the India-Viet Nam and Viet Nam-India Friendship associations and the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO).
AIPSO General Secretary Palap Sengupta said that the festival would actively help promote mutual understanding between the two peoples and strengthen the two countries' relationship.
The festival is an important event in marking the 2012 Viet Nam-India Friendship Year, the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the fifth anniversary of their strategic partnership.-VNS