“Tourist arrivals in Bulgaria from India have gone up sharply”

I could not agree with you more. 2014 was a year of particular...

This year Dharma Productions, in collaboration with Nu Boyana Studio in Bulgaria, has started the shooting of the film “Brahmastra” with the famous Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. According to the producers this is the first time an Indian film will actually be shooting such an extensive indoor sequence in a foreign country. I wish all success to the team and have positive expectations as for the coming of the film. 

Is tourism from India to Bulgaria on the rise, and if so, which are the major tourist destinations?

As Bollywood’s biggest stars were in Bulgaria for shooting, there are expectations for more Indian tourists to visit our country. In 2017 there was an increase of more than 20% of Indian arrivals in Bulgaria. The country if famous for its beaches and mountains but one can take advantage as well of the opportunities provided for by the spa, village, religious and other types of tourism being developed there. 

What kind of cultural exchanges have taken place between the two nations in recent times?

Several are the main dimensions of our cultural exchanges such as art, dance performance, music, movies, literature, etc. Bulgarian folklore dance groups have visited India to perform on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of our diplomatic relations and to take part in international cultural festivals hosted by your country and in some cases even winning prizes. Annually Bulgarian movies are included in the programme of the European Union Film Festival in India with screenings taking place in a number of cities. There have been music performances and exhibitions like the “Bulgarian Folklore Motives”–a collection of paintings which was much appreciated by the Indian public. As for the literature, it is a little known fact that the play “Golemanov” by the Bulgarian author Stefan Kostov previously performed on a stage in India was translated in Bengali language and published two years back.