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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Attends Annual Day of Shri Shikshayatan School in Kolkata, India
2018/05/06

Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, attended as Chief Guest the Annual Concert and Prize Distribution Ceremony 2017-18 of Shri Shikshayatan School in Kolkata, India on 5 May 2018.

Ms. Bratati Bhattacharyya, Secretary General of Shikshayatan Foundation, a unit of which is the school, and Ms. Sangeeta Tandon, Principal of the school welcomed Mr. Ma , and briefed the audience on the accomplishments of the school and the progress of the students in the past school year. Over 200 students and parents as well as faculty members were present at the ceremony.

During his speech, Mr. Ma congratulated the school on the great achievements it had made over the past year, and recognized the progress of the students who had won the prizes. He told the audience that he was glad to know of the progress of the girls at the school, as they along with other young people in India represent the future of not only their own country, but also Asia and the world as a whole, since the interactions between nations are getting closer and the development of one region or accomplishment of persons in one country could influence people in other countries. He gave the example of Rabindranath Tagore, saying  that the  Nobel laureate had contributed to both India and the whole world, and that he has more readers now in China than in India, as his writings are found in the textbooks of Chinese students. He urged the girls of Shri Shikshayatan School to work hard and make their own contribution to growth in India, Asia and the world when they grow up.

Mr. Ma also said that China and India will have closer ties in the coming months and years with the success of the informal meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi in Wuhan, China from 27 to 28 April 2018, during which they reached vital consensus and has thus turned a new chapter for the bilateral relationship. He called on the students, teachers and parents of the school to contribute in their own ways to development of friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two great nations.

He also gave a short introduction of the Chinese Higher Education Expo that will be held in Kolkata from 10 to 11 May 2018. In conclusion, he wished the school still greater development in the future and gave all those present his best wishes.

Later, he handed over prizes to the winners along with other guests of honor.

At the first half of the ceremony, the students presented songs and the ballet of Chitrangada, a drama by Rabindranath Tagore, and won loud rounds of applause from the audience.

Vice Consul Xie Chao also attended the above event.

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