RMIT Gallery's exhibition, Kindness/ Udarta . Australia-India Cultural Exchange , will open in Canberra tomorrow (31 May), as part of the Australia-India Council's 20th anniversary celebrations.
More than 117 writers and visual artists from Australian and India are involved in the exhibition, along with more than 23 musicians.
RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said that the response in India, where the exhibition premiered in March, had been tremendously positive.
In honour of the 20th anniversary, Ms Davies, who is an Australia-India Council board member, co-curated the exhibition and accompanying publication Kindness/Udarta. Australia India Cultural Exchange with Dr Alka Pande from the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre.
Dr Karan Singh, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, inaugurated the exhibition and launched the publication on 16 March at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Ms Davies said that the contributing artists to Kindness/Udarta represented a significant sample of creative people who had experienced each other's culture, visited each other's country, worked together, and built relationships based on friendship and mutual respect.
Kindness/Udarta. Australia-India Cultural Exchange will be held in Canberra until 7 June. It will then open at RMIT Gallery in Melbourne on 28 June, with a special Indian cultural celebration on Thursday, 2 August. The exhibition will end on 25 August.
"As RMIT is a globally-focused university, we felt that having such an evening of cross-cultural celebration involving writers, artists and musicians would be a wonderful way of bringing staff, students and the community together to experience each other's cultures and traditions," Ms Davies said.
Celebrated Indian author Kiran Nagakar will participate in the event, along with author Christopher Kremmer. Both experienced the inspiration of each other's culture through the AIC exchange program. Both writers participated in the exhibition's inauguration in New Delhi.
Kindness/Udarta. Australia-India Cultural Exchange is taking place at The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Level 1 Atrium), RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton, Canberra.
For interviews or comment: Evelyn Tsitas, RMIT Gallery Media Coordinator, 0418 138 015 or (03) 9925 1716.