Qatar Foundation (QF) was recently hailed as a global ‘platform for cultural exchange’ during a fashion show-style celebration of Indian tradition at Education City, featuring dresses from India’s 29 states.

More than 200 guests enjoyed a colourful showcase of traditional Indian women’s dresses at Education City as ‘Bhārata Vastram’ – the first in a new programme of culture and heritage events organised by QF Community Development – demonstrated how clothes can tell a story about the fabric of the nation where it is worn.

QF Fashion Event

The event was organised in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Qatar, QF-partner university Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar – which was also the venue for the show – and artists’ platform MAPS International WLL, as part of the ongoing Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture, a cultural exchange programme by Qatar Museums.

Ritu Kumaran, wife of HE P Kumaran, Ambassador of India to Qatar, were among the guests who graced the event. She hailed Qatar Foundation for its role as a platform for cultural exchange among the people of the world. She said that they look forward to further collaborations that will build a better future for communities.

I’m proud that universities across Education City are home to Indian students, and that connections between Qatar Foundation and Indian educational institutions continue to progress.’

QF Director of Community Engagement Amy Johnson said that Bhārata Vastram – organised by QF’s cultural and heritage programming team – was designed to allow people to ‘walk away with a new appreciation of India’s cultural diversity’.

By bridging communities and sharing cultural similarities and differences, we can build stronger ties between people and nations, which is absolutely critical in today’s day and age. We look forward to more educational and inspiring cultural and heritage experiences at QF, all year long.’

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