International cultural program
India: Indus Valley and Beyond

February - December 2020

The program is under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of India to the Republic of Croatia.

Magical and colorful, full of breathtaking landscapes, of rich culture and remarkable history, mystical – these are just a handful of the epithets that describe the majestic and somewhat frightening land of South Asia that has both attracted and repelled travelers from the beginning of time – India. It is precisely the diverse culture and spirituality that make this country attractive to visitors from all over the world. However, apart from the already known facts, many are not aware of the extent of its cultural richness.

What is meant in the Western world by the term civilization, India developed as early as the Bronze Age (from the 4thto the 2nd millennium BC), and went on to be the birthplace of various cultures, rulers, and empires. This program is, therefore, the representative of all that India has to offer – we offer the visitors numerous thematic lectures and workshops that relate to India and its cultural heritage.

The lectures will thematically cover the Indus Valley Civilization (the so-called Harrapan culture) and the mystery of its "script", as well as the cultural contacts that have been established between the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Indians. Visitors will also be able to attend lectures on prominent emperors of the Indian empires, and on the material archaeological remains of large Indian empires and the (perhaps unexpected) significant Portuguese legacy on the beaches of Goa. Hinduism, a trademark of Indian spirituality, the influence it has had in Croatia, and other topics, will also be discussed. Through workshops and lectures, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the Indian script, its legends, as well as the relations of Indian people with remote countries (including Croatia). Through travelogue tea parties and photo exhibitions, visitors will get a firsthand experience of how this civilization has evolved over the centuries.


21 February 2020, 7 pm
Was the Indus Valley Civilization literate?
(lecture in Croatian)
Ivan Andrijanić, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

23 April 2020, 8 pm
Emperor Chandragupta Maurya: Between history and media
(lecture in English)
Jyoti Sharma, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

20 May 2020, 8 pm
The History of Hinduism in Croatia
(lecture in Croatian)
Hrvoje Čargonja, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

8 June 2020, 7 pm
Precious objects of desire. Rome and the gemstones from India
(lecture in Croatian)
Iva Kaić, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

9 September 2020, 7 pm
India and Byzantium: Long-distance contacts in Late Antiquity
(lecture in Croatian)
Vinka Matijević, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

4 November 2020,7 pm
The legacy of the Great Mughals: splendor and archaeology
(lecture in Croatian)
Nikolina Vrančić

2 December 2020, 7 pm
The Portuguese legacy in Goa
(lecture in Croatian)
Marijana Janjić, Indian Cultural Centre

Travelogue tea parties - presentations

16 April 2020, 6 pm
Through the paths of wisdom
Filip Gour

29 September 2020, 6 pm
At the spring of the sacred Rivers
Filip Gour

Workshops for all ages

22 February 2020, 4 pm
Indus Civilization Script and Seals making workshop
Nikolina Vrančić, Luka Štefan

Storytelling workshop for children (adaptation of famous Indian children stories)
Krešimir Krnic
(The date of the event is not yet defined)

28 October 2020, 6 pm
Bookmark making workshop - Devanagari writing and bookmark making workshop
Nikolina Vranić, Luka Štefan

6 November 2020, 6 pm
Evening Literary Tea Party - How to be a Bodhisattva and lead an ordinary life? Selection from the narrative of Gautama Buddha's previous existences
Višnja Grabovac

Workshops will be charged, see the AMZ website for more information.

Photo Exhibition

Ascetic and lavish India: A view from the inside
Travelogue exhibition by Branko Kladarin
1 - 9 October 2020

opening of the exhibition
1 October 2020, 7 pm

Authors of the program: Nikolina Vrančić i Luka Štefan

Taj Mahal