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G20 Culture Working Group Meeting in Karnataka Focuses on Importance of Culture and Heritage

G20’s Culture Working Group (CWG) held its inaugural session today in Hampi, Karnataka, focusing on the significance of culture. Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs & Coal and Mines, delivered a speech at the event. He highlighted the transition from identifying priorities to reaching consensus on actionable recommendations, which would play a crucial role in integrating culture into policymaking.

The four priority areas discussed are: safeguarding and restoring cultural property, utilizing living heritage for a sustainable future, promoting cultural and creative industries, and leveraging digital technologies for culture’s protection and promotion. Joshi emphasized that the goal is to build consensus on a ministerial declaration that encompasses these priorities, fostering an inclusive and sustainable future.

Joshi acknowledged the valuable contributions of G20 member countries in shaping the shared vision, stating that cultural heritage serves as a unifying thread in our diverse world. He stressed that culture bridges gaps, encourages understanding, and enables appreciation of our shared human journey. He urged participants to recognize the power of unity, the beauty of diversity, and the immense potential culture holds for human development, social inclusion, and global harmony.

As part of the CWG’s cultural endeavors, an attempt is being made to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by creating the largest display of lambani embroidery patches. This initiative involves over 450 women artisans from the lambani community associated with Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra, showcasing around 1300 lambani embroidery patch works at the G20 event.

Delegates are also being immersed in India’s rich cultural heritage through visits to significant sites like the Vijaya Vittala Temple, the Royal Enclosure, and the Yeduru Basavanna complex of the Hampi Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally, they will enjoy a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River and participate in a yoga session at the Shri Pattabhirama Swamy Temple.


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