Bollywood a big draw in
Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Bollywood, with its colourful cinema
and lavish song-and-dance sequences, is a big draw in Tajikistan,
Tajik minister of culture Asrori Mirzoshokhrukh has said.
like Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai,
Hema Malini and Dharmendra are very popular in Tajikistan,"
Mirzoshokhrukh said Wednesday at the inaugural function of
the six-day "Day of Culture: Of the Republic of Tajikistan
vibrant colours and the ethnic culture of the landlocked mountainous
republic of Tajikistan, a nation in central Asia adjoining
Afghanistan, came to life at the programme.
festival is a joint initiative by the Indian Council For Cultural
Relations and the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Tajikistan.
of several Indian authors and literary legends like Rabindranath
Tagore and Munshi Premchand are being translated in the Tajik
language and the national museum of Tajikistan has many Indian
antiques and icons," the minister said.
highlight of the festival is the "Shashmaqom", a
rendition of the 1,000-year-old traditional musical art that
is a fusion of the 12 Maqoms (styles) of the Tajik-Persian
school of music.