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India to invite Ramayana troupes from southeast Asian nations

IANS  |  Manila 

To highlight the shared culture between and southeast Asia, will invite troupes from all member states to perform in the country of the epic's origin, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Briefing the media here after Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the 15th India-Summit, Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen invoked the theme of as a very important historical and civilisational connect between and the countries.

"He (Hun Sen) said that is performed not only in but all countries and that troupes should be invited to do their rendition of as part of our commemorative celebrations," Saran said.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the India-dialogue partnership and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the

A special commemorative summit will be held in New Delhi on January 25 next year where leaders of all 10 member states are expected to be present.

According to Saran, Modi welcomed Hun Sen's proposal and said that this would definitely be included as an important component.

"We would invite troupes from all countries to perform as part of the celebrations," Saran said.

Interestingly, when Modi attended the opening ceremony of the 31st Summit here on Monday, a ballet company named Rama Hari presented the Filipino version of the which is known as 'Maharadia Lawana', meaning King Ravana.

It is the Maranao version, which refers to the people living around Lake Lanao in the Philippines.



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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 20:34 IST