Posted on January 30, 2019

Qatar Museums kick-started this year’s exciting array of events organised as part of the Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture with a showing for the hugely successful Monsoon Wedding Musical in New Delhi. Representing the official launch of the Year of Culture festivities, the event was attended by H.E Mohammed Bin Khater Al-Khater, Qatar’s ambassador to India, and Qatar Museums (QM) Acting Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Al Namla and among other VIPs.

The Monsoon Wedding Musical, popularly viewed as the anthem of modern India, originally premiered as a film in 2001 winning a Golden Lion, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination. The film was directed by Mira Nair and written by Sabrina Dhawan who played key roles in bringing the musical to life in 2016. The performance was organised by QM and sponsored by the Official Airline Partner of the Year of Culture programme, Qatar Airways.

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“We are proud to be the exclusive supporter of the new stage musical version of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding. The Mansoon Wedding Musical is a beautiful and resonant expression of India’s vibrant diaspora, a community that has long been part of Qatar’s diverse makeup and our two countries have long enjoyed a close partnership. Our aspiration is that the Year of Culture programme will further strengthen these ties and spur creativity and curiosity about our cultures, peoples and traditions. In 2019, the Year of Culture will be a feast of theater, literature, music, dance, cinema, and the visual arts, as India and Qatar share cultural experiences,” said Aisha Ghanem Al Attiya, Head of Years of Culture Section at QM.

Events, festivals, workshops and presentations have been specially designed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between the Republic of India and the State of Qatar. The expansive programme will encourage audiences in Qatar and India to explore their cultural similarities, as well as celebrate their differences. Upcoming initiatives include a special exhibition of contemporary art from Qatar in India, a multi-disciplinary Festival of India and an exhibition by the innovative Raqs Media Collective, both in Qatar. India will also be the Guest of Honor at the annual Doha International Book Fair. Further events include a health and education initiative in collaboration with Qatar Foundation, and more.

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Since its launch with Qatar-Japan 2012 under the patronage of QM Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Years of Culture programme has been building bridges between Qatar and the world. The focus for most of the 2019 will be on exploring and celebrating cultural, artistic and educational exchanges between the two countries.

The Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture, whose Official Airline Partner is Qatar Airways, was also planned in collaboration with leading institutions in Qatar and India. These include the Embassy of Qatar in New Delhi, the Embassy of India in Doha, Qatar's Ministry of Culture and Sport, Qatar foundation, The National Tourism Council, Doha film institute and many more. A VIP ceremony will take place at Katara on the 4th of February to mark the official launch of this year’s edition in Qatar. The stunning show titled Ticket to Bollywood will also be open to the public on the 5th of February at 7pm.

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