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Press Release No.9


New Delhi, 23rd December 2003 

The Embassy of Japan in India, under its programme ‘Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects’, today decided to extend a grant assistance amounting to US $49,217 to the Akshara National Classical Theatre of India, New Delhi, to support their projects by supplying camera and video recording, audio and lighting equipments. The Signing Ceremony to this effect took place on 23 December 2003, at the Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, between Mr. Wataru Nishigahiro, Minister and Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of     the Embassy of Japan and Ms. Jalabala Vaidya, Secretary of Akshara National Classical Theatre of India.


Akshara National Classical Theatre of India is a non-profit making, non-governmental organization, established with the purpose of presenting live theatrical performances and to make recordings and films of drama, music, dance and poetry.  Akshara is also engaged in the preservation of classical heritage of the country through archival work, teaching of classical art forms, particularly theatre, poetry and music, as well as publishing of books relating to the performing arts and creative writing.  Through their activities, Akshara is working towards fostering interaction between diverse cultures of the world in these subjects.


The scheme called ‘Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects’ was introduced in addition to the existing schemes by the Government of Japan, in the year 2000. This scheme is designed for specific projects with a view to promote cultural and higher educational exchange between Japan and other countries, and to cooperate more actively in the field of supplying various equipments and instruments which are directly related to the purposes, such as video/slide/overhead/film projectors, simultaneous interpretation equipment, microphone system, and sound systems, etc.  A grant assistance amounting to US $27,187/- was extended under this programme to the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY), New Delhi, during the last fiscal year, and an amount of US $12,066/- to the India International Centre, New Delhi, during the fiscal year 2001-02.