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Thiruvananthapuram | Monday, Feb 12 2018 IST
Aimed at promoting India-Spain tourism and culture, four journalists, including writers, photographers, and television journalists from Spain, as well as equal number artists and cultural activists have reached the state as part of a Familiarization Tour which has the support of Kerala Tourism.

The tour is viewed as a pathway for the cultural exchange from the either shores. The Spanish delegation consists of eminent men of words and vision who shall unveil the unexplored Spanish culture and gather on their way back selective products of high potentiality like Culture and Heritage, Ayurveda, Wellness, Gastronomy, Beaches and Landscapes in Kerala, Tourism department sources said on Monday.

In this Capital city, the delegation experienced Ayurveda. Margi School of Classical Theatre, which is collaborating with the Spanish tour delegation, staged a Kathakali performance, based on the Miguel de Cervantes-penned classic Don Quixote, at the Vyloppalli Samskriti Bhavan. This was followed by Rasa Duenda by the Spanish artists. Following the cultural programme, the delegation also engaged in a dinner meet with personalities from the cultural arena in Kerala.

The five-day Kerala familiarization tour -- covering Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram --will end on February 13. Apart from Kerala, the Spanish delegation is also visiting Chennai and Port Blair, and is facilitated by the Incredible India tourism campaign, Casa de la India, Air India, and the Indian Cultural Centre in Spain. Dr. Guillermo Rodrguez Martn, prolific writer, renowned cultural activist and the Director of Casa de la India, spoke at the Kerala Literary Festival in Kozhikode, at a session titled "A.K. Ramanujan, A vision of India" in connection with his book When Mirrors Are Windows. The book is an Oxford University Publication based on the PhD of Dr. Rodrguez submitted to the University of Kerala. The Director of the Indian Cultural center in Spain Casa de la India, Dr Rodrguez is a wizard at combining the cultures of Spain and India. His love for travel has carried him across the Indian sub-continent.

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