Language & Culture
Read about the latest events related to culture and language, both in Germany as well as in the sphere of bilateral cooperation.
Cultural relations are perceived by the German government as crucial element of foreign policy, alongside political and economic relations. Indo-German cooperation in the fields of culture and the arts has always been vigorous and multi-faceted, be it in films, theatre, or dance, the visual arts, literature and oral traditions, or the printing and publishing industry. The highlight of bilateral cultural relations between both the countries is the going to be the festival “Germany and India 2011-2012” on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
German is the mother tongue of about a 100 million Europeans and is spoken, according to estimates, by another 80 million people worldwide as a foreign language. It is the second most commonly used scientific language as well as the language of literary mastery and philosophy.
Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities
2011 marks 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations. We are celebrating the Year of Germany in India under the motto ‘Infinite Opportunities – Germany & India 2011-2012’ with a multi-sector programme of events across India.
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The Goethe-Institut, the cultural institution of Germany, has branches all over the world. In India, the Goethe Institutes are called Max Mueller Bhavans – in honour of Max Müller (1823-1900), a scholar of Sanskrit and Indian religions. These promote knowledge of the German language and foster bilateral cultural cooperation.
Gutenberg, Dürer, Goethe & Schiller, Bach & Beethoven, Kant & Hegel, – the cultural life of Germany has a long, vigorous and exuberant tradition. Nowadays, names like painter Gerhard Richter, film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, actress Sibel Kekilli, or fashion icon Heidi Klum, just to name a few examples, stand for a lively, many-faceted cultural scenery. Its diversity and dynamism emanate from the fruitful and liberal coexistence of all the citizens of Germany, who often come from diverse backgrounds. An outstanding highlight was the Nobel Prize of Literature awarded to German writer Herta Müller in 2009.