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Belarus carries the legacy of the Indo-USSR cultural relations. Indian films, dance and music are quite popular in Belarus. Many young Belarusians have keen interest in learning Hindi and also classical dances of India. ICCR offers every year some scholarships to Belarusian students to train them in various performing arts schools and institutions in India.

 

The Embassy of India offers free classes for various classical Indian dance forms as well as Hindi language which are extremely popular amongst Belarusians. Similarly, Yoga classes are also being held at the Chancery. Indian cultural shows are organized by the Embassy in various towns of Belarus with the assistance of local Indian dance/cultural groups being run by ICCR scholarship alumni. The Mission also held an Indian Film Week in Minsk in the August’ 2021 and all the other major cities in Belarus in 2021.

 

The Indo-Belarus Friendship Society has many eminent Belarusians from different walks of the society. A bust of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled by President of India on 3rd June 2015 in Belarusian State University.

 

Belarus is keen in having institutionalized arrangements for exchange of sports teams and coaches. Belarus has also shown interest in establishing cooperation in joint production of feature films involving Indian and Belarusian artists. In 2020 first Bollywood movie - ‘Squad’ was shot in Belarus in association with BelarusFilm. A Belarusian Sanskrit scholar Prof. Mikhail Mikhailov wrote a book “Key to Vedas” in Russian which has also been translated into English. Another Belarusian Indophile, late Ms. Taisa Bondar had translated Saint Kabir’s verses in Russian language. In July 2016, a book 'First Mandala' of 'Rigveda' translated from Sanskrit into Belarusian language by Belarusian writer and poet Igar Kulikov was released.

 

There have been ongoing educational links from the Soviet days. Currently, there are over 900 students from India studying in various Universities and Institutions in Belarus mostly in medicine. There could be increased possibilities in this regard by establishing institutional arrangements between the educational institutions. Belarus is a beneficiary of India’s ITEC programme with 15 slots for short-term training courses for 2022-23. Over 330 experts and specialists from Belarus have benefited from ITEC programme in diverse areas such as Information Technology, Management, Administration, Banking & Finance, Education & Human Resource Development, English Language, Journalism, Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship, Water Resource Development, Internet Security, Crime Management, Legislative drafting for foreign parliamentary and Government officials, etc.

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