|A series of cultural activities and art performances to mark the Viet Nam-India People's Friendship Festival started in Da Nang yesterday.—File Photo
DA NANG (VNS)— A series of cultural activities and art performances to mark the Viet Nam-India People's Friendship Festival started in Da Nang yesterday.
The central city is hosting the festival along with Ha Noi and HCM City. The event aims to promote friendship and cultural exchange between Viet Nam and India.
"The Viet Nam-India relationship has existed for a long time. Many cultural and art performances have been organised by the two countries in recent years. The festival will strengthen this long relationship and friendship," said Huynh Duc Truong, chairman of the city's Union of Friendship Organisations, at a seminar on Viet Nam-India cultural relations yesterday.
Held at the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, the seminar focused on the ancient relationship between the two countries.
The Champa civilisation ruled Central Viet Nam from the 7th-13th centuries and was strongly influenced by Indian culture. Museum director Vo Van Thang explained that Cham towers in the central region were architecturally similar to some temples in India.
Sanskrit inscriptions found at My Son Sanctuary in central Quang Nam Province date back even earlier, to the 4th century, said Vietnamese researcher Tran Ky Phuong.
Devi Prasad Tripathi, head of India's delegation, said the relationship of Viet Nam and India was formed in peace.
He said he was honoured to visit the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and see objects from the Champa Kingdom. — VNS