FICCI Organises Its 1st FICCI Cultural Industries Summit
FICCI recently hosted a cultural industries summit for the first time. The summit was inaugurated by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog. Complementing FICCI for raising issue of inclusion of art and culture into city infrastructure which is long overdue, Amitabh Kant said: “we must look into incorporating creative arts into the Smart Cities project. If the city is not focusing on cultural aspects, it will create lopsided efforts.”
Kant also suggested for a review of the educational system for young people in the country to be exposed to arts and culture and learn to appreciate it.
Speaking at the event, Pavan Varma, former MP and a renowned author said the government should first introspect at the existing state of the arts and culture in the country before moving ahead. “More than the blueprint, you need to have the soul for what happens,” Varma added.
“We need to create a proper ecosystem of laws,” said Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, FICCI Art & Culture Committee, and Chairperson and Managing Director, Bharat Hotels Ltd. She further commented, “A Smart city cannot be smart city without art and culture.”
“A city without culture and art is actually a city without a business model,” said Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General of FICCI, explaining the industry body’s unique initiative for the country’s creative industry.