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Consul General Zha Liyou Visits Satyajit Ray Films & Television Institute (SRFTI)

On April 24, Consul General Zha Liyou and his wife Zheng Huiqun visited the Satyajit Ray Films & Television Institute(SRFTI) in Kolkata, met with Debamitra Mitra, President of the Institute, and dean of the Film Department Ashoke Viswanathan and Digital Media Management director Abhijit Dasgupta.

Consul General Zha gave an introduction on recent development of exchanges between China and Eastern India. He said that at the end of last year the foreign ministers from the two countries co-chaired the first meeting of China-India High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges and identified the key direction for cultural and people-to-people exchanges to a higher stage, including cooperation in film shooting. The Satyajit Ray Films & Television Institute is a well-known film and television institute with huge potential in promoting film and television cooperation between Eastern India and China. Consul General Zha hoped that the institute would enhance its publicity, integrate high-quality resources, and strengthen cooperation with Chinese film and television universities. The Consulate General would be willing to work together with the institute to promote quality and efficiency of people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Eastern India.

The Consul General and his wife also watched a short film made by the students of the institute. President Mitra welcomed the visit of Consul General and introduced the history and management of the institute. She said that named after film maestro Satyajit Ray, SRFTI is the country's most prestigious higher learning institute with direction, film making and digital media as its core programs, and many of its graduates are internationally acclaimed. The institute is looking forward to maintaining close contact with the Chinese Consulate General and strengthening exchanges and cooperation with higher education institutions in China's film and television industry, including signing a memorandum of cooperation, inviting Chinese directors, producers, etc. to give lectures and promoting exchanges of visits between Chinese and Indian teachers and students.

Satyajit Ray Films & Television Institute was established in 1995 and is directly affiliated to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India. Together with Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and the National School of Drama in New Delhi, the institute is an important talent training base for India's film industry. The institute offers a three-year postgraduate program covering six majors: Direction, Screenplay Writing, Cinematography, Sound Recording & Design, Producing for Film and Television, and Animation Cinema.

Consul Zhou Yaoyao participated in the above activities.

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