The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea has recently honoured Rathi Jafer, director of InKo centre with a Certificate to Merit for her contribution to the InKo (India-Korea Cultural Centre).
The event was held at the office of Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai.
Founded in 2006, the centre based in Adyar Club Gate Road, R.A. Puram has been promoting intercultural dialogue and traditions of India and Korea through performing and visual arts.
The not for profit organisation is supported by TVS Motors and Hyundai Motor India Limited.
The award was presented to Rathi by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea Young-seup Kwon.
Says Rathi Jafer, director of InKo centre, “I would like to dedicate this award to Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS motors and Goodwill envoy of culture and diplomacy of the Republic of Korea, the Managing Director of Hyundai Motors India, our partners and the team at InKo centre.”
Through the years, the Thiruvanmiyur resident says the InKo centre has been highlighting unique differences and similarities between the traditions of India and Korea through different art forms including music, language, literature and wellness.
“While we host full-fledged curated cultural programmes from Korea, we always look for opportunities to collaborate with artists from both nations.” At present, InKo centre has ongoing collaboration projects in music, theatre and literature.
Going forward, Rathi says they would like to focus on providing platforms for emerging artists. And look for more opportunities to bring both cultures together.