First Sylhet-Silchar Festival

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First Sylhet-Silchar Festival

The first Sylhet-Silchar Festival to celebrate the close cultural ties between the neighbouring regions of India and Bangladesh began on December 2, 2022 in Assam's Barak Valley.

Important facts

  • Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Minister AK Abdul Momen led a delegation of around 75 members to participate in the two-day event.

  • The festival is being organised by the 'India Foundation' in association with the 'Bangladesh Foundation for Regional Studies' under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture.

  • The objective of the festival is to promote bilateral relations between the two countries.

  • The event is being organised to commemorate 75 years of India's independence and 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's liberation from Pakistan.

  • Sylhet is located in north-east Bangladesh.

About Sylhet-Silchar Festival 

  • 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan. 

  • Among the many similarities between India and Bangladesh, there are significant links between the cities of Silchar and Sylhet.

  • To celebrate the age-old people-to-people connect of the region, the India Foundation proposes to organise the first Silchar-Sylhet Festival on December 2-4, 2022, in Silchar city of Assam.

  • The festival aims to revive the common values and shared heritage of both the cities and their people separated by international boundaries.

  • The festival will showcase tribal culture, cuisine, literature, arts and crafts.

About Barak Valley

  • The Barak Valley is located in the southern region of Assam. The main city of the valley is Silchar.

  • The region is named after the Barak river. The Barak valley mainly consists of three administrative districts of Assam - Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi.

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