India and Azerbaijan have age-old historical relations and shared traditions. The Ateshgah fire temple in the vicinity of Baku is a fine example. This medieval monument with Devanagari and Gurmukhi wall inscriptions is a surviving proof of the age-old relationship between the two countries. Recently, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj emplaned for Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku to attend the Mid-Term Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement from April 4-6.
The Embassy of Azerbaijan and Confederation of Young Leaders celebrated the 100th anniversary of Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan.To promote People to People friendship between India and Azerbaijan for the first time India-Azerbaijan Youth Dialogue 2018 was organised at Embassy of Republic of Azerbaijan, New Delhi, India by Embassy of Republic of Azerbaijan to Republic of India and Confederation of Young Leaders. 35 selected youth delegates from across India attended the important India Azerbaijan Youth Dialogue 2018 which comprised of one to one interaction with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to India and embassy officials on growing relationship between Azerbaijan and India.
The programme was jointly chaired by the Ambassador of Azerbaijan H.E Jeyhun Aliyev and Chairman of Confederation of Young Leaders Himadrish Suwan. Cultural affinity between Azerbaijan and India is close. World-renowned Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi had a profound influence on eminent Indian poets like Amir Khusrau. The late Rashid Behbudov, a noted tenor who switched to singing popular Azeri songs in the European classical tradition was a close friend of the late Raj Kapoor. Behbudov, Elmira Rahimova and other artists have been instrumental in popularizing Indian music and songs in the country.
Indian cinema continues to have a large following and Azeri language TV channels screen Hindi films periodically, including the new Bollywood cinema as well as the older movies of Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Hema Malini, etc. IIP Foundation was the photogrpahy partner for the India-Azerbaijan Youth Dialogue.
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Keywords; Baku Temple, historical relations, India, Azerbaijan, India-Azerbaijan Youth Dialogue 2018, india azerbaijan relation, Azerbaijan Ambassador, H.E Jeyhun Aliyev, Himadrish Suwan, Sushma Swaraj