INDIA. Mumbai: The National Delphic Games (NDG), encompassing arts and cultures from 36 states and Union Territories will be held in India, under the aegis of the Berlin-based International Delphic Council (IDC), in 2023.
This was announced by the IDC, based in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday. Slated to be the largest such platform in India, the event promises to be a powerful medium for artists and craftspeople to showcase their talents and get honor while being a feast for art lovers, a statement by IDC said.
The NDG will feature competitions, presentations, and exhibitions in six art categories: Musical Arts and Sounds (vocal, instrumental, electronic), Performing Arts and Acrobatics (dance, theatre, circus, puppetry), Language Arts and Rhetoric (prose, poetry, moderation), Visual Arts and Crafts (painting, graphics, sculpture, installation, fashion, photography, Crafts), Social Arts and Communications (communications, internet, media, pedagogy, didactics), and Ecological (urban planning, landscaping, preservation and conservation of Nature, preservation of monuments).
The IDC Initiator and Founder Christian Kirsch said that “The Delphic Games carry forward humanity’s enduring and universal desire for peace, understanding, and collaboration. Our world is beset with existential threats, unless we come together to co-opt each other and co-create our future, we will not know peace. India is a Cultural powerhouse and is well-positioned to do wonders for the world”.
Interim Chairperson, India N.N.Pandey, said, “We are very enthused with our International Parent entrusting us with the NDG in India in 2023. The Delphic Games are the only platform to scale globally. The salience of these Games lies in promoting the oneness of humanity through understanding, appreciation, and collaboration. India believes in “Vasudeva Kutumbukam” (the world is one family) – a credo which lies at the core of what Delphic Games are and must be the mantra of our age.”
The host city is being finalized. The entries in different categories will be called from various states soon. State Delphic Councils have been formed in 25 Indian states to represent their diverse cultures and traditions.
Along with the NDG, all of India’s states, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, will organize regular engagements in the six categories at the state and national levels to keep the Delphic Games’ spirit alive till 2023. The winners will represent India at the International Delphic Games to be hosted in an International Destination 2026.
Some of the eminent personalities who have come on board include MPs and actors Hema Malini and Paresh Rawal, folk singer Mukund Nayak (Nagpur, Maharashtra), Bulls Imam (Jharkhand), Ruma Devi (Rajasthan), Prof. Dr. Laltluangliana Khiangte (Mizoram), Sanjoy Roy (Jaipur) and Journalist Patricia Mukhim (Meghalaya).
Since its revival in the modern era 27 years ago, 7 International Delphic Games were held on 3 continents comprising Russia, Georgia, Germany, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, and South Africa.
Till now the artists from over 65 countries have participated in the Games. The International movement has been present in India since 2002 and has worked in close collaboration with the Union Culture Ministry. The Indian artists have participated in 3 international Delphic Games in the Philippines, Malaysia, and South Korea and have won laurels.
The Delphic Games were initiated in 1994 as a league of 20 Nations. Taking inspiration from the Delphic Games held in Delphi in ancient Greece, the IDC revived the world’s only common floor for the arts and cultures. The Games in Delphi, had a successful history of 2600 years which celebrated the creative impulse of civilization, encouraging camaraderie and collaboration amongst people.
These Games are also known as the twin sister of the Olympic Games. They have historically been endorsed by Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Eduard Shevardnadze, Helmut Kohl, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, ASEAN, and others.
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