Cultural cooperation to nourish Viet Nam – India friendship

“Through cultural promotional activities, we wish to introduce the unique features of Vietnamese to the public in India and, at the same time, recall historical memories of the diplomatic relations between the two countries”, emphasized Vietnamese Ambassador to India at the Vietnamese Cultural Space. 

Viet Nam and India have shared a century-long history and cultural similarities even though the two countries only established diplomatic relations in 1972. Viet Nam – India cultural linkages originated from the 5th to the 3rd centuries BC, reflecting in areas such as architecture, art, religion, etc. Over the centuries, Viet Nam – India cultural exchanges have developed significantly and become a solid foundation for the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. 

As the highlight of the series Viet Nam Days Abroad 2022, Vietnamese Cultural Space continues to introduce the unique features of Vietnamese culture, making them available and accessible to Indian friends. Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Hai affirmed that Viet Nam, with 4,000 years of history of rich culture, and imbued with national identity, is the intersection of many major cultural lines, including Indian culture. Viet Nam – India cultural similarities – the invisible power – have made a significant contribution to bringing the two countries closer together, building up and developing a long-standing friendship. 


Viet Nam Vitality Exhibition: Rewinding milestones in Viet Nam – India cultural cooperation 


As a highlight of Vietnamese Cultural Space, organized by the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Vietnamese Embassy in India, the Viet Nam Vitality exhibition offered the people of the two countries the opportunity to understand the long-standing friendship and cultural similarities between Viet Nam and India. Accordingly, the exhibition comprised two main contents: the beauty of Vietnamese culture and historical moments in the relationship between President Ho Chi Minh and Indian leaders.


The exhibition had on display outstanding works imbued with Indian culture at My Son Sanctuary, temple monuments in Nha Trang, Phu Yen, the exchange between monks and nuns and dharma gurus, etc. It can be said that these results impressively reflect the cultural exchanges and connections between Viet Nam and India over thousands of years. 

The traditional friendship between Viet Nam and India is also reflected in the close relationship between generations of Vietnamese and Indian people. In particular, photos of President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru gave audiences new exciting knowledge about friendship between the two countries through historical upheavals. 


Besides, the public can also learn about the life, country and people of Vietnam through photo exhibitions, the display corner of the book Vietnam Vitality, Vietnam-India special issue: Comprehensive strategic partnership – special publication by Newspaper The World and Vietnam made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. 


Thousand-year cultural crossover connecting the people of the two countries 


According to Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai, through the Vietnamese Cultural Space imbued with national identity, the Embassy wishes to introduce to the Indian people the unique features of Vietnamese culture, and to immerse themselves in Vietnam’s tangible and intangible heritages inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Under the framework of Viet Nam Days in India 2022, Vietnamese Cultural Space also introduced Vietnamese lacquer art through the exhibition of engraved lacquer paintings, featuring typical folk painting genres, such as Hang Trong, Dong Ho, and Kim Hoang by Latoa. In particular, four well-known paintings on display were Four Palaces and Carp looking at the moon by Hang Trong, Rat’s Wedding, and Wrestling by Dong Ho, Bac Ninh. In addition, attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy a lacquer painting performance given by artist Tran Anh Tuan – Lecturer of Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts.

Besides the special activities related to the art of making Dong Ho folk paintings and lacquer paintings, coming to this year’s program, the public in India had the opportunity to experience many other unique art forms of Vietnam. Nam such as the 3D exhibition of lacquer art, the art of molding to he, the video game Lac Viet Phieu Ky, the performance of ethnic musical instruments, etc. In addition, attendees also have the opportunity to explore the Vietnamese culinary culture prepared by the Embassy staff and chefs of Vietnamese restaurants in New Delhi.

As one of the earliest guests present at the program, Mr. Ashok Munshi, a former Indian soldier, enjoyed admiring Dong Ho paintings: “This is the first time I know about this unique art of Viet Nam. Vietnamese lacquer shares some technical similarities with traditional Indian painting. Through these activities, I further understand the close cultural linkages between Viet Nam and India”. 


At the To he display booth, participants showed great interest in making To he products using rice flour and food coloring. Rajkumar, an Indian visitor, shared: “Vietnamese Cultural Space attracts not only children but also adults. Our family queued here for a long time to experience this activity. The To He samples displayed here are very eye-catching, especially ones that represent Vietnamese and Indian culture. This is a unique culture of your country!”.


Cultural linkages and people-to-people exchanges have become a solid foundation to tighten Viet Nam – India traditional friendship, enhancing comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.