‘Art can boost people-to-people contact’

31 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Art and culture can strengthen people-to-people relations between Vietnam and Bangladesh, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Bangladesh Pham Viet Chien on Saturday, reports UNB.

“People-to-people relation is the most important because it’ll last longer. Relations between the two governments and countries can change but the ties between the people of two countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam will last forever,” he said.

Ambassador Viet Chien put emphasis on promoting art and culture of the two friendly countries while visiting the ongoing two-month long group art exhibition titled “Sheikh Hasina: On the Right Side of History” at Cosmos Centre in the city. Deputy Managing Director of Cosmos Group Masud Jamil Khan welcomed the Ambassador and briefed him on the exhibition. “During my stay here as Ambassador, I’ll try to strengthen this type of [people-to-people] relations. So, I’ll try to consolidate the relations between the artists of Vietnam and Bangladesh to this end,” he said.

Viet Chien said very few people in Vietnam know about the art and culture of Bangladesh while the people in Bangladesh also do not know that much about Vietnam’s culture. “Why can’t we present each other and know each other and get closer to each other? This relationship between us will be strengthened and we’ll get closer and be friends to each other and will grow together. This very important and I’ll try my best to make it happen,” the Ambassador said.

He thanked Gallery Cosmos for organising a wonderful exhibition featuring Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and providing him with the chance to know about her. Ambassador Viet Chien highly appreciated Sheikh Hasina’s contributions to Bangladesh’s tremendous development.

Later, the Ambassador visited different wings of the Cosmos Group at Cosmos Centre, including Cosmos Atelier71, UNB newsroom and WildTeam office.

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud formally inaugurated the group art exhibition on December 15, 2020.

Earlier, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram K Doraiswami, British High Robert Chatterton Dickson, Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Osman Turan, US Ambassador Earl R Miller and Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar visited the art exhibition.

Visitors have been advised to wear masks all the time while visiting the exhibition and maintain an appropriate physical distance from each other.