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Chinese Consulate Kolkata Holds Happy Chinese Day

On 6 November 2017, the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, along with the School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, held an event called “Happy Chinese Day” at Xuan Zang Temple, Kolkata. More than 100 teachers and students from Modern High School, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Shri Shikshayantan School and the School of Chinese Language in Kolkata attended the activity.

After expressing his welcome to the teachers and students present at this event, Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, said that the number of students learning Chinese in Eastern India is rapidly increasing. In Kolkata alone, more than 500 students are studying the language. And students of the Chinese language would find more fun and make faster progress if they understand the Chinese culture. He hoped that the students could learn more about Chinese culture through the activity that morning and make more progress in their Chinese in the coming weeks and months.

Consequently, the Consul General performed Chen-style Taiji and told the audience some basics about this style of the so-called shadow-boxing, saying that when practicing it, one should maintain a centered and stable position, coordinate the mind with the body movement, combine slow and fast movements, mingle soft gestures with fierce ones, and keep a constant twisting of the limbs and the body.

Next, the artists from China’s Yunnan Province performed the traditional Chinese music on such instruments as the pipa (Chinese lute), the flute, the zither (21 stringed plucked instrument), and erhu (two-stringed bowed instrument). They explained the representation of the different sounds produced by the instruments and demonstrated how they could imitate sounds from the nature.

Afterwards, the team from the local Chinese community at Tangra presented the lion dance. With the accompaniment of the drum and the gongs which changed the rhythms now and then, the lion jumped, raced, wallowed, and rolled, and put on cute looks now, and become violent the next second.

The above performances won many rounds of applause from the audience.

The Quiz and Prize part of the activity was most exciting. Once Ms. Charisma Saraff, Principal of School of Chinese Language in Kolkata, read out her questions, several or dozens of hands would be raised high. And the students performed Chinese tongue-twisters, Chinese songs and answered questions on the Chinese language or friendly exchanges between China and India. And many of the students won their prizes, which were all brought to Kolkata straight from China.

All the teachers and students enjoyed the fun-filled activities and they expressed appreciation to the organizers and sponsors of the event. They also expressed the hope that there could be more of such events in the future.

Correspondents from the Indian newspapers Telegraph, the Chinese TV station China Central Television (CCTV) and the Chinese newspaper People's Daily were present to cover the event.

Consuls Zhang Jing and Chen Yongliang, and Consular Attache Liu Li were also present at the activity.

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