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Press Release

June 28, 2016

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Duraisamy Generous Social Education Association (DGSEA) Organizes Astonishing Japanese-Tamil Music Festival


Chennai/Madurantakam, June 28th, 2016: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) along with Duraisamy Generous Social Education Association (DGSEA), organized a one day participatory festival of music and dance featuring both Japanese and Tamil cultures. The festival observed participation of various school across Tamil Nadu, including Duraisamy Elementary School Kanchipuram, V.K.M. High School Kanchipuram, Garden of Peace Primary School Vellore, along with thirty professional and amateur Japanese and Indian musicians. The festival witnessed participation from more than 250 Indians and Japanese from all over India.

Extraordinary acts were performed at the festival such as live music and dance on the popular Tamil and Japanese songs along with special guest performances. A unique workshop was organized comprising of nursery songs in Tamil, which are also adapted by the DGSEA hostel children and some are sourced from the Japanese original "Te-asobi-uta" (hand-action songs). The program was graced by Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India office as the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "JICA undertakes various development assistance schemes to meet diverse needs of emerging countries and such educational and cultural camps are one of such initiatives. Through these camps, we aim to contribute to the holistic development of young children of India and mutual understanding among them, which is essential for sustainable socio-economic development in this interdependent world."

The objective of this program was to promote friendship, brotherhood and communication between the Tamil people and the Japanese residing in Tamil Nadu. The festival assisted deepen the mutual understandings between Tamil residents and Japanese through live performance arts. The event was organized by Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), which is one of the major programs of JICA, in collaboration with DGSEA, where one JOCV member is deployed, focusing on the sharing of knowledge and experience through a wider range of local activities by Japanese volunteers.

The students were enthusiastic about the festival and got the opportunity to explore and learn from the diverse culture of Japan.

About JOCV

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), one of the major programs of JICA, support a wider range of local activities by Japanese citizens who wish to cooperate in the economic and social development. Through these cooperation activities, participating volunteers can not only contribute to development of the partner countries but also gain valuable experience in terms of international goodwill, mutual understanding and an expansion in their international perspective.

In India, volunteers have been dispatched in the fields of education, health, agriculture, community development, sports, and so on. Recognizing the importance of further promoting technical cooperation through people-to-people exchange, and acknowledgement of two countries' prime ministers, JOCV has been expanding to include broader activities.

About JICA

Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.

JICA India Office Web: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/
JICA India Brochure: http://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/office/others/brochures.html

For further information, please contact:
JICA India Office
Ai Tachikawa/ Vini Sharma
+91 11 47685500
Tachikawa.Ai@jica.go.jp / sharmavini.id@jica.go.jp


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