The Hindu report
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BANGALORE: Cuba may be far away but the Cuban spirit pervaded here much to the joy of a large gathering at the Senate Hall of the Central College on Sunday.
The packed hall resonated with songs, music and poems during a festival organised by the Cuba Solidarity Committee, Bangalore, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. Spanish songs and Kannada poems interspersed with inspirational talks on the courage, heroism and distinct attributes of Cubans kept the gathering glued to their seats for over two hours.
Three books on the Cuban revolution translated into Kannada were released on the occasion.
The books included the “Socialism and Man in Cuba” which was authored by Che Guevara. A weblog on Cuba, which can be accessed at http://cubaa.wordpress.com, was also launched.
The corridors of the Senate Hall bore Cuban paintings, posters and photos. Literature and books on Cuba’s history and the central characters of the revolution, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, were available at the venue. The programmes essentially depicted Cuba, its people, its difficulties and its achievements. “Cuban people braving economic sanctions have shown to the world at large that they have the right to choose a system which they want and not a system dictated by a foreign country,” said convenor of the committee T. Surendra Rao.
Cuban Minister of Council and Deputy Chief of Mission Eduardo Iglesias Quintana and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat joined writer G. Ramakrishna, Kannada director B. Suresh and Kannada poet Mamatha Sagar in paying tributes to the Cuban people.