Chandresh Kumar Katoch, Union Minister for Culture has announced an year long campaign on 'Cultural Barriers in Women's Health' as she inaugurated a week long long festival on Women's day organised by Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts.
She inaugurated 'Bhumika', a tribute to the women culture bearers of the nation in the presence of Chinmaya R Gharekhan, President, IGNCA as 200 women artists from different states, mostly from North Eastern states, gathered to display their rich heritage.
'I announce a year-long program on Cultural Barriers in Women’s Health. Our Zonal Cultural Centers will run this campaign in collaboration with IGNCA and Global Health Advocates. I hope people will give due attention to health issues of women,' said Katoch on her inaugural speech.
She also honored 12 veteran women artists from different realms of art and culture including painting, dance and music for their contributions to their respective fields.
Lectures of Dr. Subhadra Desai and Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan were the other highlights of the event.
At ‘Bhumika’, women artists from all over India are also demonstrating their art and craft in a series of skills including wood carving, painting, clay modeling, basketry, music and dance.
The festival will end on 14 March with a performance by an all women drummers troupe Singari Melam.
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) was established in 1987 as an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture, as a centre for research, academic pursuit and dissemination in the field of the arts.