Thiruvananthapuram: Seeking to reinforce the centuries old cultural relations between India and the Arab world, a forum has been formed in Kerala at the initiative of political leaders, writers, entreprenuers and NRIs.
The forum, christened as Indo-Arab Cultural Acdemy (IACA), would seek to further strengthen and diversify the long-standing cultural and social ties between India and the Arab world in tune with the changed times and possibilities offered by the prevailing situation.
Congress leader and Lok Sabha member from Kozhikode M K Raghavan was slected as Chairman of the Academy and noted writer B M Suhra its vice-chairperson, an IACA release said on Wednesday.
Noted Malayalam writer Akbar Kakkattil is co-ordinator of the academy.
Eminent writer and MD of leading Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi M P Veerendrakumar and leading entrepreneur and Director of Mathrubhumi P V Gangadharan are among the executive members.
The Academy would promote translations of Arabic literary works into Malayalam and vice-versa. It would also organise cultural exchanges, workshops and launch publications as part of its basic objectives.