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Consul General Zha Liyou Attends International Festival of Dance and Jazz

Consul General Zha Liyou and Deputy Consul General Yu Xiong were invited as Chief Guest to attend the fourth International Festival of Dance and Jazz held by Heritage Bengal and Indian Council for Cultural Relations on 1 and 2 March respectively. More than 2,000 people including Mr. Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Mr. H.L. Majumdar, Working President of Heritage Bengal, Mr. Ashim Kumar Roy, Lokayukt of West Bengal, and local audiences were present.

Consul General Zha Liyou was invited to deliver a speech. He said it’s a great pleasure to attend the International Festival of Dance and Jazz and thanked Heritage Bengal for its hard work. Both China and India are ancient civilizations with time-honored history and the two countries have had cultural exchanges since ancient times. Last year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi met four times to reach very important consensus on developing further the partnership between the two great nations, which has turned a new chapter in the bilateral ties. Besides, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the first meeting of China-India high-level cultural and people-to-people exchanges mechanism, which reflects the high expectations of the two leaders on people-to-people exchanges. Kunming and Kolkata are sister cities, and there is a friendly connection between Yunnan and West Bengal. At the invitation of Mr. Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Chinese Consulate specially arranged the cultural performances by artists from Kunming, Yunnan Province to make Indian people know more about Chinese culture and art. The Chinese Consulate is willing to work with Heritage Bengal and other institutions to promote cultural exchanges between Yunnan and West Bengal, and vitalize friendly connections between the two parts.

Mr. Sukhendu Sekhar Ray warmly welcomed Consul General Zha Liyou and artists from Yunnan. He emphasized both China and India enjoyed splendid civilizations and there should be more exchanges between the two countries. He was willing to keep in close contact with Chinese Consulate to push forward cultural exchanges between West Bengal and Provinces of China.

During the two-day performances, young artists from Yunnan provided wonderful Chinese cultural feasts for the local audience. Folk dances "Red Fish" and "Ava in the Sea of Clouds" displayed Yunnan’s ethnic customs and cultural features; instrumental performance "Deep Bamboo Forest" revealed the unique music of Yunnan; the song "Beauty of Yunnan" made audiences feel like being in Yunnan; Indian songs like "Zoobidoobi" resonated with audiences and many of them kept applauding. At the end of the performance, many enthusiastic audiences went to the stage to pay tribute to Chinese artists and took photos with them.

The International Festival of Dance and Jazz would last for three days and artists from China, Germany, the UK, Israel, Russia and Italy would provide cultural feasts for local audiences along with Indian artists, which was widely reported by local media.

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