"India and Egypt are the proud inheritors of two of the world's most ancient civilisations, each remarkable for its phenomenal achievements and creativity over the millennia," said Navdeep Suri, India's Ambassador to Egypt.

"Preserving and promoting our rich culture heritage is a solemn responsibility of our generation and of those that follow us," Suri said.

He was talking during the "Words on Water – A conversation on Preserving Cultures" at the Supreme Council of Culture in the Cairo Opera House ground.

The event is a part of the third edition of the "India by the Nile" festival being organised by the Embassy of India in Cairo in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and the Cairo Opera House.

Intellectuals and leading figures from the world of Culture, from India and Egypt, have shared, during "Words on Water", their experiences about the importance of continuity in preserving a country's identity and talking about the that cultural heritage can be managed and protected.

"This conversation between experts and intellectuals from the two sides will hopefully create an enduring platform to share our learnings and best practices," Suri added.

Mohammed Afifi, head of the Supreme Council of Culture, leading Artist Mohamed Abla, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Head of Central Projects and Services Sector Khaled Azab, and the CEO of AR Group of Publications Ashraf Reda represented the Egyptian side.
Laila Tyabji, social entrepreneur in the field of handicrafts, Sidharth Bhatia, a veteran journalist who has also written extensively about films and arts spoke about the Indian experiences.

Sanjoy Roy, Director of Teamwork Arts, the culture and arts promotion company that organised the culture festival represented the Indian side.

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