To strengthen the bilateral relationship between Qatar and India, every year Qatar runs a cultural exchange program including a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events. These programs promote mutual understanding, recognition, and appreciation between the countries. Under different programs, audiences are invited to Qatar and India to explore their cultural similarities, as well as celebrate their differences.
A variety of people are invited to explore their cultural similarities, as well as their differences. The two-day-long ‘Qatar Cultural & Literature Festival’ (QCLF) is being organized at Katara on July 11-12. The festival is one of its kind events which is an amalgamation of cultures and literary scenario of the two countries – Qatar and India. The QCLF is being organized by Question Associates, a leading communication and entertainment company in India and Katara. The venue for the activities is Katara Drama Theatre – Building 16. Ruhi Ganguly is the producer of the festival and CEO of Question Associates.
The Indian star includes Chetan Bhagat, Indian author, columnist, and motivational speaker, Mika Singh, known Indian singer and Sushant Singh, TV actor and presenter. The other celebrities to join the convoy includes Vindu Dara Singh, a Bollywood actor; Anurag Punetha, journalist and media specialist; Ravi Subramanian, award-winning author; Anuj Tiwari, novelist; Aparna Sharma, model-turned-actress; Adite Banerjee, romance novelist; Arupa Lahiry, classical dancer and many more. The opening ceremony will be held at 5:30 pm on July 11. The opening day will feature speeches, dance performances, and a book launch. Later in the evening, Mika Sing will perform.
The second day will kick off at 11:30 am and will feature panel discussions, poetry performances, musical theatre performance and the closing ceremony. In the closing ceremony, renowned guests from both, India and Qatar will speak on the occasion. The speakers from Qatar, include Shereen Dsouza, Amal Alaathem, Mervat Ibrahaim, Zunira Malik, Erika Ralaine, and Rashmi Agarwal. They are known and active members of the Indian expatriate community in Qatar. Ruhi Ganguly producer of the festival and CEO of Question Associates said "we aim to provide a platform to the hidden gems of the society, who don’t get the platform to showcase their talents.”