Inaugurates Aatmanirbhar Bharat Centre for Design (ABCD) and Samunnati - The Student Biennale
Unveils 7 Publications based on the 7 themes of the event
Launches Commemorative Stamp
“India Art, Architecture & Design Biennale, a celebration of nation’s diverse heritage and vibrant culture”
“Books act as windows of the world. Art is the great journey of the human mind”
“Art and culture are essential to connecting the human mind with the inner self and recognizing its potential”
“Aatmanirbhar Bharat Centre for Design will provide a platform to promote unique and rare crafts of India”
“Cultural spaces to be built in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi will enrich these cities culturally”
“Art, taste and colors are considered synonymous with life in India”
“India most diverse nation in the world, its diversity binds us together”
“Art is pro-nature, pro-environment and pro-climate”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Indian Art, Architecture & Design Biennale (IAADB) 2023 being held at Red Fort today. During the programme, the Prime Minister inaugurated the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Centre for Design’ at Red Fort and the student Biennale- Samunnati. He also launched a Commemorative Stamp. Shri Modi also took a walkthrough of the exhibition showcased on the occasion. Indian Art, Architecture & Design Biennale (IAADB) will serve as an introduction to the Cultural Space in Delhi.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister welcomed everyone to the World Heritage Site of the Red Fort and highlighted the historical significance of its courtyards which remain unwavering and indelible even though multiple generations have passed before and after India’s independence.

The Prime Minister said that every nation is endowed with symbols of its own that introduce the world to the country’s past and its roots. He emphasized the role of art, culture and architecture in forging the connection with these symbols. Referring to the capital city of Delhi as a treasure trove of symbols that provide a glimpse of the rich architectural heritage of India, the Prime Minister said that the organization of Indian Art, Architecture & Design Biennale (IAADB) in Delhi makes it special in ways more than one. He praised the works displayed in the exhibition and said that it is an amalgamation of colors, creativity, culture and community connect. He congratulated the Ministry of Culture, its officers, the participating nations and everyone on the successful organization of IAADB. “Books act as windows of the world. Art is the great journey of the human mind”, the Prime Minister added.


Recalling the glorious past of India when its economic prosperity was discussed around the world, the Prime Minister said that its culture and heritage attract the tourists of the world even today. He reiterated the belief in moving forward by taking pride in one’s heritage as he noted the feeling of self-pride instilled in any work related to sectors of art and architecture. Shri Modi gave examples of developing the cultural centers of Kedarnath and Kashi, and the redevelopment of Mahakal Lok as he emphasized the government’s efforts in creating new dimensions in the Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal towards national heritage and culture. Underlining that IAADB is proving to be a new step in this direction, the Prime Minister highlighted the organization of the International Museum Expo in May 2023 and the Festival of Libraries in August 2023 with the aim to institutionalize global cultural initiatives in India with modernized systems. Prime Minister Modi expressed his desire to create a name for Indian cultural initiatives like IAADB along the likes of global initiatives such as Venice, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Sharjah Biennales, as well as Dubai and London Art Fairs. He emphasized the need for such organizations as it is art and culture that inculcate a way of life amidst the highs and lows of a heavily technology-dependent society. “Art and culture are essential to connecting the human mind with the inner self and recognizing its potential”, the Prime Minister remarked.

Speaking about the inauguration of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Centre for Design, the Prime Minister said that it will provide a platform to promote unique and rare crafts of India while bringing together artisans and designers to help them innovate according to the market. “Artisans will also gain knowledge about design development as well as become proficient in digital marketing”, the Prime Minister said as he expressed confidence that with modern knowledge and resources, the Indian craftsmen can leave their mark on the whole world.

The Prime Minister underlined the creation of cultural spaces in 5 cities namely Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as a historic step and said that it will further enrich these cities culturally. He informed that these centers will also put forward innovative ideas to enrich local art. Noting the 7 important themes for the next 7 days, the Prime Minister urged everyone to carry forward themes like ‘Deshaj Bharat Design: Indigenous Designs’ and ‘Samatva: Shaping the Built’ as a mission. He emphasized the importance of making indigenous design a part of study and research for the youth to further enrich it. Noting that the equality theme celebrates the participation of women in the field of architecture, he expressed confidence in the imagination and creativity of women to take this field to new heights.


“Art, taste and colors are considered synonymous with life in India”, the Prime Minister remarked. He reiterated the message of the ancestors that it is literature, music and art that acts as the main differentiator between humans and animals. “Art, literature and music add flavor to human life and make it special”, he emphasized. Touching upon the different needs and responsibilities of life that have been linked to Chatushashta Kala, i.e. 64 Arts, the Prime Minister mentioned specific arts like ‘Udak Vadyam’ or instrument based on water waves under musical instruments, dance and singing arts for songs, art of ‘Gandh Yukti’ for making scents or perfumes, art of ‘Takshakarma’ for enamel and carving, and art of ‘Suchivan Karmani’ in embroidery and weaving. He also touched upon the dexterity and craft of the ancient clothes made in India and gave the example of muslin cloth that could pass through a ring. He also noted the omnipresence of amazing artwork on war paraphernalia like swords, shields and spears.

The Prime Minister highlighted the indestructible culture of Kashi and said that the city has been the land of the immortal flow of literature, music and arts. “Kashi in its art, has established Lord Shiva who is spiritually considered the originator of arts,” he added. “Art, Craft and Culture are like energy flow for human civilization. And energy is immortal, consciousness is indestructible. Therefore Kashi is also imperishable.” The Prime Minister highlighted the recently launched Ganga Vilas Cruises which took passengers from Kashi to Assam providing a tour of the many cities and areas situated on the banks of Ganga.

“Whatever may be the form of art, it is born close to nature. Therefore, Art is pro-nature, pro-environment and pro-climate”, the Prime Minister emphasized. Throwing light on the riverfront culture in the countries of the world, Shri Modi drew the analogy to the tradition of ghats on the banks of rivers for thousands of years in India. He said that many of India’s festivals and celebrations are associated with these ghats. Similarly, the Prime Minister highlighted the rich tradition of wells, ponds and step wells in our country and gave the example of Rani Ki Vav in Gujarat and several other places in Rajasthan and Delhi. The Prime Minister praised the design and architecture of these step wells and the forts of India. He also recalled his visit to Sindhudurg Fort a few days ago. Shri Modi touched upon the Patwa Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer which is a group of five mansions built in a way to work like natural air conditioning. “All this architecture was not only long-lasting but also environmentally sustainable” Shri Modi said as he underlined that the world has a lot to understand and learn from India's art and culture.


“Art, architecture and culture have been sources of both diversity and unity for human civilization”, Shri Modi reiterated. He said that India is the most diverse nation in the world and the diversity binds us together. He credited the source of diversity to the democratic tradition of India as the Mother of Democracy. He noted that art, architecture and culture flourish only when there is freedom of thought in society and freedom to work in one's own way. “With this tradition of debate and dialogue, diversity automatically flourishes. We welcome and support every kind of diversity”, the Prime Minister said as he highlighted the organization of G-20 in different states and cities of the country to showcase this diversity to the world.

The Prime Minister reiterated India’s belief in no discrimination as its people talk about the universe instead of self. Today, the Prime Minister underlined that when India is emerging as the biggest economy in the world, everyone can see a better future for themselves in it. “India's economic growth is linked to the progress of the entire world and its vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ brings new opportunities”, the Prime Minister remarked. Similarly, he noted that India's revival in the field of art and architecture will also contribute to the nation’s cultural upliftment. Shri Modi also touched upon the heritage of Yoga Ayurveda and highlighted the new initiative of Mission LiFE for a sustainable lifestyle while keeping in mind India’s cultural values.


Concluding the address, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of interaction and cooperation for the prosperity of civilizations and thanked the participating countries for their partnership. He expressed confidence that more and more countries would come together and IAADB would prove to be an important beginning in this direction.

Union Minister for Culture, Shri G Kishan Reddy, Union Ministers of State for Culture, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Smt Meenakshi Lekhi and Principal Architect at Diana Kellogg Architects, Ms Diana Kellogg were present on the occasion among others.


It was the Prime Minister’s vision to develop and institutionalize a flagship Global Cultural Initiative in the country like the International Biennales at Venice, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Sharjah, among others. In line with this vision, a nationwide campaign to reinvent, rebrand, renovate and re-house museums was launched. Further, the development of cultural spaces in five cities of India namely Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad & Varanasi was also announced. Indian Art, Architecture & Design Biennale (IAADB) will serve as an introduction to the Cultural Space in Delhi.

The IAADB is being organized from 9th to 15th December 2023 at Red Fort, New Delhi. It also follows key initiatives like the International Museum Expo (May 2023) and Festival of Libraries (August 2023) that were organized recently. IAADB is designed to initiate a holistic conversation between artists, architects, designers, photographers, collectors, art professionals and the public to strengthen the cultural dialogue. It will also provide avenues and opportunities to expand and collaborate with the creators of art, architecture and design as part of the evolving economy.

IAADB will showcase different theme-based exhibitions on each day of the week:

Day 1: Pravesh- Rite of Passage: Doors of India

Day 2: Bagh e bahar: Gardens as Universe: Gardens of India

Day 3: Sampravah: Confluence of Communities: Baolis of India

Day 4: Sthapatya: Anti-fragile algorithm: Temples of India

Day 5: Vismaya: Creative Crossover: Architectural Wonders of Independent India

Day 6: Deshaj Bharat Design: Indigenous Designs

Day 7: Samatva: Shaping the Built: Celebrating Women in Architecture


IAADB will include pavilions based on the above themes, panel discussions, art workshops, art bazaar, heritage walks and a parallel student biennale. The student biennale (Samunnati) at Lalit Kala Akademi will provide an opportunity for students to showcase their work, interact with peers & professionals, and gain valuable exposure within the architecture community through design competitions, display of heritage, installation designs, workshops etc. IAADB 23 is set to be a watershed moment for the country as it will herald India entering the Biennale landscape.

In line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Vocal for Local’, ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Centre for Design’ at Red Fort is being set up. It will showcase the unique and indigenous crafts of India and provide a collaborative space between the karigars and the designers. Paving the way for a sustainable cultural economy, it will empower the artisan communities with new designs and innovations.


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April 15, 2024

An Evening of Music and Meditation, organised as part of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador program, commenced on Sunday, 14th April, at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi. This mega event attracted over 30,000 attendees from various walks of life, including Art of Living disciples, educators, professionals, and esteemed guests from political and corporate spheres. The gathering witnessed a blend of spiritual enlightenment, cultural celebration, and discussion on a progressive discourse for the nation, graced by the presence of revered spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

The evening's Chief Guest, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, illuminated the gathering with his wisdom and insights. Notable personalities, including Lok Sabha Delhi BJP Candidates, BJP Delhi leadership, Secretaries of important ministries, and senior corporate professionals, attended the event too.

In his address, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar commended India's strides on both the economic and spiritual fronts, emphasising the admiration garnered from global powers. He particularly praised the initiatives of the Narendra Modi government, including Direct Benefit Transfer and fostering a conducive environment for start-up growth. He added that the direct transfer of funds into people's accounts and the flourishing ecosystem for entrepreneurs symbolise India's rising prominence on the world stage.

"Today, money is being transferred into people's accounts directly. Also, it's startling to see the growth of so many start-ups; the world is looking up to India with great hope and excitement," the spiritual leader said.

"India's start-up growth is startling. The surge of entrepreneurs and start-ups has caught the world's eye, prompting a collective 'Wow, India!'" he added.

Central to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's message was the importance of embracing diversity and celebrating India's rich cultural heritage. He emphasised the inclusive nature of Sanatan Dharma, which encompasses all religions without harbouring ill intentions towards others. Stressing the need to shed the shackles of a slavery mindset, he urged citizens to take pride in their roots and religious identities.

Drawing parallels between India's spiritual landmarks and those of other religions, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar highlighted Kashi Vishwanath's significance as a demonstration of India's beliefs. He hailed the construction of the grand Vishwanath Dham as a pivotal step towards realising Viksit Bharat's vision.

"The resurgence of Kashi Vishwanath Temple signals the dawn of a developed India. Despite taking notice from leaders like Indira Gandhi and concerns voiced by Mahatma Gandhi, the temple grappled with infrastructure challenges for seven decades. Today, under PM Modi's leadership, the majestic Vishwanath Dham stands tall, in full glory," he said.

The spiritual leader also noted a positive shift in people's behaviour, with an increasing pride in their religious and cultural identities.

"A cultural renaissance is underway in India, with people openly embracing their religious and cultural roots, celebrating their identities with pride and confidence," he said.

"This Ram Navami marks a historic milestone with the completion of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple after 500 years of wait. PM Narendra Modi's personal involvement and attention to detail, amid his other duties, deserve recognition. Today, India's commitment to both culture and science remains unwavering," he added.

"Tamil culture, despite its immense richness, remained undiscovered by many in our nation. Prime Minister Modi's recent emphasis on showcasing Tamil culture is a first. Surprisingly, Tamil is the national language in four countries, and Japanese has 70% Tamil influence. Regrettably, we've hesitated to embrace such a remarkable heritage," he said.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lauded Prime Minister Modi's leadership, particularly during global unrest, showcasing India's strength in diplomatic endeavours. He also commended PM Modi's steadfast leadership amidst global challenges, particularly in navigating the Ukraine Crisis. He highlighted India's rising global prominence as 'Vishwaguru Bharat', emphasising the prioritisation of Indian interests.

"PM Modi's mediation efforts in the Ukraine-Russia standoff underscore India's robust global diplomacy. Amid pressures to take sides, India maintained a steadfast stance, offering hope when the world was on the brink of war. India's resilience prevented potential economic setbacks faced by other countries," he said.

"Under PM Modi's leadership, India's global standing has risen significantly. We have a leader who values our cultural legacy, understands its people, and engages with the global community. The vision of Ram Rajya, ensuring fundamentals for all, is becoming a reality," he added.

At the heart of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's message was a call for self-reliance and dignity. He cautioned against dependency on freebies and emphasised the importance of self-respect and integrity in personal and national development.

"Self-respecting Indians value self-sufficiency; even modest earners prioritise paying for their children's education. Let's guide those tempted by freebies towards self-reliance and positivity," he said.

Gurudev emphasised the power of inclusive development, epitomised by the 'Sabka Saath' principle, which drives India's transformative journey. He stressed the collective responsibility of citizens in shaping the nation's future.

Drawing attention to societal challenges, he also advocated for ending alcohol and substance abuse. He also underscored the significance of active participation in the electoral process, stating how each vote contributes to the collective voice shaping the nation's destiny.

"The New Education Policy heralds a departure from colonial legacies, offering ample opportunities for youth to thrive. India's march towards becoming a 'Viksit Bharat', unstoppable," he added.

The event also highlighted the Viksit Bharat Ambassador program's mission to foster positivity and happiness, aligning with the Art of Living's principles. Through active citizen participation, the program seeks to realise PM Modi's ambitious goal of making India a fully developed nation by 2047.

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador Program aims to mobilise every citizen towards the collective goal of making India a fully developed nation by 2047, as envisioned by Prime Minister Modi. Through initiatives like this, ordinary citizens are empowered to contribute meaningfully to nation-building. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar eloquently stated, India's trajectory towards becoming a global superpower is inevitable.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

Join the movement on the NaMo App:

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people
Amplify Development Stories: Access updates, news, and resources related to the movement.
Create/Join Events: Create and discover local events, meet-ups, and volunteer opportunities.
Connect/Network: Find and interact with like-minded individuals who share the vision of a developed India.

The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.