JAMMU, Aug 22: Balwant Thakur took over the charge of Cultural Diplomat of India to South Africa at the Consulate General of India, Johannesburg.
He will now be heading ICCR’s Swami Vivekanand Cultural Centre, Johannesburg as Head of the Centre/ Director for a period of three years.
Considered to be the highest ever elevation of any cultural personality of J&K, Balwant Thakur is the third Indian Theatre Director to hold this position in the post India independence period after Girish Karnad and Mohan Maharishi who held the similar positions in UK and Mauritius after serving in India as Chairman Sangeet Natak Akademi and Chairman Indian Theatre respectively.
To foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries, India has established cultural centres abroad which are mandated to promote composite cultural heritage of India in different parts of the world.
With 16 years of experience in cultural administration in Government sector and 36 years experience of top NGO management, it is expected of Balwant Thakur to create new mile-stones of his illustrious career in South Africa.