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CULTURAL CONNECT evidence of the religious beliefs and natural considerations of its architects, while their contemporary counterparts are making their mark on the world stage. Nowadays, Peruvian architecture draws on international infl uences. Following the opening of the Panama Canal and World War I, Lima, the capital of Peru saw a period of prosperity, with a number of grand Art Nouveau houses built. The surrounding haciendas gradually urbanised, with mock Tudor and Art Deco, both popular styles. In most rural regions of Peru, architectural traditions have remained largely unchanged for centuries. Whitewashed adobe bricks are still used in dwellings today, combined with roofs constructed from wood, straw or hand-made clay tiles. How are you strengthening cultural diplomacy between Peru and India as a way to bolster bilateral ties? Peruvian literature has its foundations in the oral traditions of the pre-Hispanic period, which unfortunately remains largely unknown. From the beginning of the 20th Century, José Santos Chocano and José María Eguren are the best- known exponents of modernism in Peruvian literature. Cesar Vallejo championed the Avant-garde movement amongst Peruvian authors. Second half of the 20th Century saw the rise of important Peruvian writers such as the 2011 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Ramon Riberyo and Alfredo Bryce Echenique. Peru and India as cradle of human civilization share a broad range of multicultural richness that provides strong foundations for people-to-people contacts between the citizens of the two countries. Despite the geographical distance that separates us, the Embassy of Peru in India through its Art Gallery which opened on 30th May 2017, has organised various cultural events in an increasing number on a permanent basis, which in turn helps in strengthening the bilateral relations between India and Peru. Many of these cultural activities have been organized with the support of the Honorary Consulates of Peru in Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai. This includes the translation of Peruvian literature from Spanish to Hindi and Bengali, screening of Peruvian films, participation in the Kolkata International Book Fair, exhibition of photographs and paintings, traditional dresses, promotion of the Peruvian gastronomy and beverages, through food festivals and cookbooks on Peruvian cuisine, lecture and guided tours on Peruvian ancient culture for school students. This year, to commemorate the 55 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Peru and India, a big exhibition on Peruvian Culture, organised by the Embassy of Peru, is scheduled to be held in the National Museum of Delhi this October, which will last until December 2018. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist • Vol 6 • Issue 4 • April 2018, Noida • 45