Noida: The Azerbaijani-Indian relations are old and mature. Many big personalities including former President of India Dr S Radhakrishnan, former Prime Minister J L Nehru have visited Baku in the past. Eminent Azeri artist R Behbudov also promoted Azeri music and art in both countries.
“From the times of the Silk route which connected Azerbaijan with India there are many evidences which support the past ties. Some Hindu temples as symbol of the old connections are also found in Baku. Historical interactions are still remembered by the people in Azerbaijan,” said H.E. Jeyhun Aliyev Charge D’ Affaires of Azerbaijan in India while inaugurating the first ever Indo Azerbaijan Film And Cultural Forum of ICMEI at Noida Film City.
“Cultural ties between Azerbaijan and India are close. The eminent Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi was well known from the times of Amir Khusrau,. Some other important names are Rashid Behbudov, a famous singer who was also friend of the Indian actor Raj Kapoor.,” added H.E. Jeyhun Aliyev while addressing the large audience at Marwah Studios.
An event to celebrate Indo Azerbaijan relations was held at Marwah Studios in association with Asian Academy of Film And Television at Noida Film City. The Charged d’ Affaires honored and nominated Sandeep Marwah President of Marwah Studios as the Honorary Chairperson of the forum. In return Marwah also presented the Patron ship of the forum to H.E. Jeyhun Aliyev.
“The forum will work towards bringing people of both the countries together through art and culture,” said Ashok Tyagi Secretary General of International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Committee.
“The work which Sandeep Marwah is doing is a clear support to Ministry of External Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of HRD and Art and Culture,” said Henna Anzi former Diplomat from Israel. Prof. V.S. Kanan Dean AAFT presented the vote of thanks.
The screening of films followed the event from Azerbaijan. The two-day festival of films from Azerbaijan showcased four different films including a documentary depicting art and culture of the country.