Nehru-wangchuck Cultural Centre, Thimphu
The inauguration of Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre was jointly done by H.E. Dr. Karan Singh, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and H.E. Lyonpo Minjur Dorji, Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan on 21 September 2010. Shri Pavan K. Varma, Ambassador of India to Bhutan, as well as the Speaker, Acting Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Ministers and several other dignitaries of the Royal Government of Bhutan were present on the occasion.
During the opening of the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre, a Marchang Ceremony was performed, which is the tradition in Bhutan when any new activity is embarked upon. It is customary to invoke the glorious teachers, the four Daka and Dakinis of three worlds, the dwellers of eight charnel grounds, guardians of all four directions (Ksterapalas) and to request all of them to bestow their blessings for the success of the new venture. This ceremony was followed by a programme of classical Kathak dance by the eminent danseuse, Ms. Sharmishtha Mukherjee. Thereafter, the visitors were invited to view the photo exhibition, “Buddhism in India” by the internationally-renowned Indian photographer, Mr. Sondeep Shankar.
The Cultural Centre has a well-stocked Library on all aspects of India and Bhutan, and already gets many visitors. The Centre, soon after its opening, also received several queries about Yoga classes, which it has already started.