EMBASSY OF INDIA
Buddha Carika inaugurated on Buddha Purnima in Jakarta
Buddha Purnima was celebrated in grand way in Jakarta on 4th May 2015 with the inauguration of exhibition titled “Buddha Carika – In the footsteps of Shakyamuni Buddha” in the prestigious National Museum of Jakarta. The exhibition, which is based on the teachings and life of Lord Buddha, began with the chanting of religious hymns by the Buddhist Monks. This was biggest celebration of Buddha Purnima at National Museum in recent years. The exhibition is part of Sahabat India – The Festival of India in Indonesia.
The exhibition was inaugurated in presence of Dr. DinopatiDjalal, former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs;H.E. Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Indonesia and Timor Leste; Ms. IntanMardiana, Director, National Museum; Mr. Cailadi, Secretary of Directorate General of Buddhist Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ms. Listyowati, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassadors and diplomats of foreign Missions stationed in Jakarta, senior Indonesian dignitaries and people from different walks of lifewere also present.
Speaking on the occasion Ms. IntanMardiana, Director, said that India and Indonesia have centuries old association. She expressed her happiness that National Museum is hosting a prestigious exhibitions like this. Dr. DinopatiDjalal said that relationship with India is important as it is a country which is growing fastest and has successfully launched satellite to Mars. He said this year India and Indonesia will have meeting of Eminent Persons Group. Ambassador Gurjit Singh informed that the Buddha Carika exhibition is being launched on 4.5.2015 which is being celebrated in India as Buddha Purnima - the birthday of Lord Buddha. He said that Buddhism formed earliest link between India and Indonesia. The life and teaching of Buddha spread the message of Karuna(compassion) and Daya (forgiveness) which is so essential for co-existence of humanity.
The teachers and students of Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre (JNICC), Jakarta, and traditional dancers of Kalimantan performed cultural function on the occasion. Mr. Johar Ali, music teacher and ace violin player and music students of JNICC played religious hymns and traditional Indonesian song on the auspicious occasion. Ms. PoojaBhatnagar and students of Kathak Dance in JNICC performed on the song based on Buddhist holy chants. The folk dancers from Kalimantan impressed everyone with their energetic and raw performance.
The “Buddha Carika – In the Footsteps of Shakyamuni Buddha” exhibition has been designed and composed by NavNalandaVihara University under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Dr. R P K Singh and Dr. A K Yadav from NavNalandaMahavihara, the curators of the exhibition are helping the visitors in understanding the importance of various artefacts in the exhibition.