Kolkata, May 5 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Kolkata savoured the beauty of Chinese classical music on Wednesday night, as popular Chinese music composer and Yangqin (Dulcimer) player Professor Liu Yuening performed a fusion concert in the city along with other Indian performers.
This was the Chinese musician’s way of paying homage to Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 150 birth year.
Present on the occasion were Governor of West Bengal M K Narayan, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China Zang Lizhong, Chairwoman of Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) Guo Shulan and The School of Chinese Language founder Madan Saraff, among other notable personalities.
Governor M K Narayan said, “ I am very happy to be present at this occasion of commemorating of the legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore.”
“Since Tagore had visited China and believed in friendly ties between the two neighbouring countries, hence today marks the day when India and China must bond together and work together,” he said.
Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China Zang Lizhong said that the fusion of classical musics of both the countries represents harmony, solidarity and understanding between China and India.
He said, “India-China friendship is essential and we must nurture it.”
Among the performers were young Yangqin player Du Yu, Santoor master Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Sitar maestro Pandit Prateek Choudhuri and Tabla player Arif Khan among others.
The event was organised by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (MOE), Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), China India Friendship Association (CIFA) and others.
The co-organizers were China Eastern Airlines, The School of Chinese Language, Yje Palladian Lounge and Santoor Ashram.
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