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International Literary & Cultural Activities

India Inter-Continental Cultural Association (Regd,) Chandigarh, (IICCA) a non-profit cultural society, is engaged in the effort to bringing together peoples of the world through cross-cultural encounter presenting the pick of Literature, Art & Culture of various regions and countries. To this end we have successfully organized a number of International cultural and literary exchange program in India and abroad namely -

Loka Natyadal, Dhaka, a prominent theatre group from Bangladesh was invited in November 1991. This group presented Bangla version of Moliere’s play "The Miser" at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh , on 22-11-1991.

A Theatre Workshop was organized on 23-11-1991 at Punjab Arts Council, Sector-16 Rose Garden, Chandigarh conducted by Igor Samotny (from Czech Republic) and Ssalongo Luwemba (from Uganda).

A Festival of India in Czechoslovakia was organised in May 1992, in which Dance Drama "Sri Krishna - Sare Karnan Da Karan" (Sri Krishna - Cause of all Causes) written & directed by Dev Bhardwaj was successfully performed at various places. Besides workshops on Indian Theatre, Music, Dance and seminars on Indian Literature, Indian Mythology and Philosophy were arranged there. An impressive exhibition of Indian Handicrafts was also organized on the occasion.

An International Conference on Art, Literature & Culture was organized in December, 1995 at English Auditorium, Panjab Univeirsity, Chandigarh in which more than 200 delegate-writers from Japan, Belgium, Norway, France, U.S.A., Mauritius, Nepal, Iraq, Kuwait and India etc. participated.

International Conference on Roma Heritage and Culture : Journey to Roots on April 12, 2001 at Chandigarh in which 21 delegates from countries of Europe participated (including the President, Vice President and Secretary General of International Romani Union)

Participation  in National Festival of Gypsy Music and Songs held at Stara Zagora (Bulgaria)  in 2001, 2002 & 2003

Exhibition of paintings by Katarzyna Pollok, a Roma-Sinti Gypsy Artist from Germany from April 18-23, 2002 at Pracheen Kala Kendra Sector 35 Chandigarh. (Inaugurated by Mr. Ashwani Sekhri, Hon'ble Minister for Culture, Punjab Government) and from April 25-30, 2002 at Central State Library, Patiala (Punjab) - Inaugurated by Mr. M. S. Narang, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Paiala. 

Japanese Film & Music Shows  on 12-14 September 2003 at Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula in association with International Institute of Perfact Arts, Japan with support from Embassy of Japan, New Delhi.

Indian Music and Dance Festival in Mauritius in May 2004

Ist International Writers Festival at Chandigarh & Shimla (India) on 17-18-19 October, 2004 in which about 250 poets & writers (including 19 from abroad) participated. This Festival was organised in collaboration with Department of Public Relations, Chandigarh Administration and Academy of Art, Literature & Cultural, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)

2nd. International Writers Festival at Kurukshetra, Yamuna nagar (Haryana), Paonta Sahib (Himachal) and Haridwar (Uttranchal) on 21-24 March 2006. More than 250 poets & writers from various parts of India and abroad participated.

3rd. International Writers Festival at Agra (Uttar Pradesh) on 29-30 September 2007. More than 300 poets & writers from various parts of India and abroad participated.

Ist Indo-Roma Writers Caravan in Serbia (27 October to 5 November,  2007)  A delegation of seven writers from India led by Dev Bhardwaj participated in the Caravan.

Roma Day Celebrations in Chandigarh (8 April, 2008) An exhibition of paintings by Roma - Gypsy children. 82 paintings from 5 countries displayed in the exhibition.  On this occassion Miss Fruzsina Hanna Perjes, roma singer from Hungry presented romani songs.

Regular activities at Chandigarh

In Chandigarh, we organize regularly literary programs like Poetry Reading, Face-to-Face & Releasing of a New Book etc. We have already organized more than 35 such events as under:


Face to Face & other programs

Organised on

1. Face to face with Mr. Rajwinder Singh, a Punjabi Poet from Germany - Focus on his new poetry book Ghar te Parvaaz-sargam  10 February 2002
2. Face to face with Ms. Veena Verma, a Punjabi Fiction Writer from U. K.  16 March, 2002
3. Face to face with Mr. Sahib Singh Gill, a Punjabi Fiction Writer from USA and focus on his recently published collection of short-stories
Sooli Tange Lok
 21 April, 2002
4. Face to face with Mr. Werner Voigt - a journalist from Germany who spoke on  Current trends in journalism & boradcasting system in Europe  04 May 2002
5. Face to face with Mr. Sukhchain Singh Bhandari, Punjabi writer from Sirsa (Haryana)  - Focus on his newly published collection of short stories -
Roti Ka Nishan (in Hindi)
 13 October 2002
6. An evening with Mr. Swaran Singh Parwana, Punjabi writer from Denmark  22 November 2002
7. Face to face with Mr. Harbhajan Singh Halwarvi, Sahit Akademi Award Winner Punjabi Poet from Chandigarh  29 December 2002
8. Face to face with Mr. Robin Lloyd-Jones, an English writer from Scotland  21 January, 2003
9. Face to face with Dr. Gurpal Singh Sandhu, Punjabi Scholar &  Critic from Chandigarh, who spoke on New Trends in Contemporary Punjabi
 29 January, 2003
10. Face to face with Dr. Swairaj Singh, a Punjabi writer from USA  5 February, 2003
11. A musical evening with Kuldeep Deepak, a Punjabi singer from Canada  10 February, 2003
12. Face to face with Ms. Ravinder Kiran, a Punjabi poetess from Tappa (Punjab)  2 March, 2003
13. Face to face with Mrs. Surjit Kalsey, a Punjabi poetess from Canada - introducing her book Romance Ton Yatharath Tak de Do Kavi - Mohan Singh & Faiz Ahmed Faiz  10 March, 2003
14. Face to face with Mr. Parkash Singh Azad, a Punjabi poet from U. K.  14 March 2003
15. Face to face with Mr. B. S. Bir, a Punjabi writer & editor Mehram (Nabha, Punjab) - Introduction to his new book of poetry Surmel  30 March 2003
16. Release of book - Bin Singe Saan/Author Prof. Harbhajan Singh (USA)  19 April, 2003
17. A musical evening with Miss Ramandeep, a singer from Barnala  10 May, 2003
18. Face to face with Mr. Tarsem, a Punjabi Poet from Barnala  18 May, 2003
19. Face to face with Mrs. Surinderjit Kaur, Punjabi Poetess from Ludhiana  31 August, 2003
20. Face to face with Mr. Tara Singh Sagar (Punjabi writer from USA) and Dharampal Singh Thind (Punjabi writer from Canada) followed by Sufiana-Kalam by famous punjabi singer Durga Rangeela  5 November, 2003
21. An musical evening with Ustad Moinuddin Khan (Sarangi-wadak) from Jaipur and Ghazal-Gayan by Arjun Jaipuri  23 November, 2003
22. face to face with Mrs. Amarjit Kaur Naaz  Punjabi Poetess from Ludhiana  14 December, 2003
23. Face to face with Mr. Parkash Singh Azad (Punjabi Poet from U. K. ) and release of his newly  published poetry book Pighalda Lawa  8 February, 2004
24. Face to face with Mr. K. L. Garg (Punjabi writer from USA)  29 February, 2004
25. Face to face with Mr. Inde (Punjabi Poet from Delhi) - Release of his book Man da Wasi  17 July, 2004
26. Release of book Halvarvi edited by Sham Singh & Kehar Sharif  18 August, 2004
27. Release of books Pauna Admi by B. S. Bir and Ikk Vilakhan Shakhsiat - Pardhan Mantri Manmohan Singh by B. S. Bir, Prof. Surinder Bir Singh Sethi & Ravinder Singh Sodhi), Venue : Press Club, Chandigarh  26 September 2004
28. Release of Dr. Kulbir Kaur's book Sirjana and indroducing this book by Prof. Pritpal Kaur Halwarvi,  Dr. Shinderpal Singh & Dr. S. S. Bhatti
Mr. Amrik Singh Punni, IAS  (retired), Former Chief Secretary of Punjab, was the Chief Guest. and Mr. N. S. Rattan, IAS (retired) presided over the function.
 19 December 2004
29. Face to Face with Mrs. Satinder "Kanwar" Kohli, an Anglo-Punjabi writer from U. K.   Venue : Uttam RestaurantS. C. O. 62 (Ist Floor) Sector 46-C, Chandigarh  22 December 2004
30. Face to Face with Gurdev Singh Rai (a Punjabi poet from Australia).  Venue : Uttam RestaurantS. C. O. 62 (Ist Floor) Sector 46-C, Chandigarh  16 April 2005
31. Release of Novel Inderjaal by Nadeem Parmar (Punjabi Writer from Canada).  Venue : Uttam Restaurant SCO 62 Sector 46-C, Chandigarh  10 May 2005
32. Release of Poetry book Kudrat by Dr. Kulbir Kaur (Punjabi writer from Chandigarh). Venue : Uttam Restaurant S. C. O. 62 (Ist Floor) Sector 46-C, Chandigarh  5 June 2005
33. Release of book Rutt-Karutti (stories) by Baljit Kaur (Punjabi writer from Patiala) Venue : Uttam Restaurant, SCO. 62 Sector 46-C, Chandigarh.  19 June 2005
34. Face to Face with Harjit Kaur Bajwa and introduction to  her first book of short-stories "Apna Apna Arsh" (in Punjabi)  Venue : Kothi No. 331 Sector  21-A, Chandigarh. Mr. Swaran Singh Parwana (Punjabi Poet from Denmark) was the Chief Guest and Mr. Pritam Sidhu (Punjabi Prose Writer from London)  presided over the function.  11 December, 2005
35. Rrelease of 3rd edition of Merian Paidan Mera Safar (in Punjabi) an autobiography by Mr. Gurnam Singh (Dera Bassi)  Venue: Press Club
Sector 27-C, Chandigarh, Mr. Tarlochan Singh, Hon’ble Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, was the Chief Guest. and
Mr. Parkash Singh, M. L. A. (Nawanshehar) presided over the function
 18 December 2005
36. An evening with Two Roma (Gypsies)  Writers - Mr. Bairam Haliti and Mr. Jovan Damjanovich  from Serbia (Yugoslavia) organised at Community
Centre Sector 46-B, Chandigarh,.
 30 March 2006
37. Release of Book Meri Dehli Te Daghda Suraj (a collection of articles by 26 Punjabi Writers and Artists on My Room & My Pen) edited by Sham Singh, Punjabi Poet & News Editor Punjabi Tribune, Chandigarh. Dr. Amarjit Singh Kaang, Prof. Kurukshetra University was the Chief Guest and Mrs. Kavita Jindal (a poetess from UK) presided over the function.   Venue : Uttam Restaurant, S. C. O. 62 (Ist Floor) Sector 46-C, Chandigarh.  23 July 2006

Info beyond July 2006  will be updated soon


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