The Language Friendship Bridge

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in April 2023, has launched a project called ‘The Language Friendship Bridge’.
  • The project is launched to train people & create a pool of experts in 10 languages (like Kazakh, Uzbek, Burmese, and Sinhalese) that are spoken in countries with which India has historical & cultural ties like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Indonesia.
    • The project aims to enable India to translate its epics and classics, as well as contemporary literature, into these languages so that people in both countries can read them.


  • The ICCR is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India under the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • It promotes cultural diplomacy through cultural exchange with other countries.
  • It was founded in 1950 by India’s first Education Minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
  • ICCR has been assigned the responsibility of facilitating the celebration of the International Day of Yoga by Indian Missions/Posts abroad since 2015.