The Embassy of India in Buenos Aires is a diplomatic representation of the Government of India, accredited to Argentina and Uruguay.
The Embassy is headed by H.E. Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia, who assumed office on 21 August 2019.
The Embassy, in coordination with local authorities, yoga schools and other partners, has organised the International Yoga Day since its first edition in 2015, with well-attended events every year.
More information about the Embassy and its activities can be found on the Embassy’s website:
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) of the Government of India was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India.
Its objectives are to participate actively in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to India’s external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and individuals and to develop relations with nations.
More information about ICCR, including scholarship programmes, can be found at:
The Ministry of AYUSH of the Government of India was established on November 9th 2014 to ensure optimal development and dissemination of AYUSH health systems (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy).
The Ministry focuses on the development of pharmacopoeia standards, education and research of these ancient welfare systems, as well as the promotion of cultivation and regeneration of medicinal plants used in these systems.
More information on the AYUSH Ministry, its programmes and international cooperation can be found at:
Message from H.E. Dinesh Bhatia
AMBASSADOR OF INDIA TO ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY
The literal translation of the word Yoga means “to add” or “union”. Yoga, therefore, is meant to unite mind, body and soul.
Yoga is mentioned along with Ayurveda in ancient Indian scriptures dating back to time immemorial when the sages of the land of Bharata had discovered the science and art of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Yoga is not only a simple physical exercise to keep the body fit, but also an important meditation tool. If practised according to proper procedures, it helps to achieve physical and mental fitness at the same time.
In 2014, the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution to observe 21 June as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) every year. Since 2015, the global community has been celebrating this day with increasing enthusiasm and with greater participation with each passing year.
In 2020 and last year, 2021, within the context of the COVID 19 pandemic, we celebrated the 6th and 7th edition of the International Yoga Day virtually. Yoga sessions and workshops were live streamed in the days leading up to the final event where participants, Yoga and Ayurveda schools, artists and celebrities joined the Embassy to discuss Yoga, Ayurveda, Indian philosophy and present Indian classical music and dance.
This year, in accordance with the current COVID19 protocols, we will hold the eighth edition of the DIY in person and strive to take the benefits of Yoga even further.
Argentina has an unparalleled affection and respect for Indian culture. The love for Yoga is evident throughout the length and breadth of the country, irrespective of the size of the community. Several Indian Yoga institutions, promoting various forms of Yoga, have a substantial presence in Argentina with a large following.
I am looking forward to Argentinian Yoga practitioners participating more than usual in the DIY festivities that will start on 1 June and culminate with a big face-to-face celebration on 20 June.