It`s `jai ho` to Sino-India cultural ties

Chinese folk dance fused with Kathak to create a cultural synergy tonight leaving the audience spellbound at a glittering function here to celebrate 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two Asian giants.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 23:46 PM IST

New Delhi: Chinese folk dance fused with
Kathak to create a cultural synergy tonight leaving the
audience spellbound at a glittering function here to celebrate
60 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the
two Asian giants.

As curtains came down on the year-long celebrations,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen
Jiabao pledged to strengthen ties between the two countries
and march together in the 21st century as "friends not as
rivals."
The refurbished weightlifting arena of the Jawaharlal
Nehru Stadium reverberated with Indian and Chinese folk and
film songs as artistes from both the countries captivated the
3,000-strong audience that included Singh and Wen.

`Jai ho`, the Oscar-winning number of A R Rahman, was
performed by a group of eight Indian and Chinese artistes
using guitar, key board and tabla. The performance that lasted
for five minutes was lapped up by continuous applause by the
audience.

A ball-juggling performance by a Chinese acrobatic
troupe was mind blowing as the artiste went up and down the
ladder with a couple of balls in his hand.

Popular Chinese paper-cut dance performed by women and
Magic Oriental Charm from the Chinese side and a `Song and
Dance to the Motherland` by Indian artists were equally
enthralling.

The message of Sino-India friendship was visible
everywhere at the stadium with a giant podium dotting the
flags of both countries.

Addressing the gathering, Wen said: "Heart-to-heart
exchanges between the two countries will help in further
boosting the ties between China and India.

"The outcome of my visit has been successful. We can
say that an Asian century has arrived."

Singh said he was happy that there was convergence of
views to widen and deepen and to further take multi-faceted
cooperation between the two countries.

"Universally, it has been acknowledged that 21st
century is Asian century. In the 21st century, India and China
will march together as friends and not as rivals," he said.

Dancers from Beijing Dance Academy and folk artistes
from Fujian swayed in synergy with Kathak dancers from Pandit
Birju Maharaj institute.
There was also a performance by violinist Anupriya
Dotale accompanied by Ustad Akram Khan on the tabla.

`Dance Lotus of June` was performed after the
intermission followed by the song `Ode to the Moon` by Chinese
artists. Acrobatics juggling bowls on the head integrated into
a festal melody of the `Bumper Harvest` dance.

Wen said one can now say that the 21st century has
arrived and it will be an Asian century, a point endorsed by
Singh in his speech later.

Singh said he was happy that there was convergence of
views to widen and deepen and to further take multi-faceted
cooperation between the two countries.

The Festival of India in China was inaugurated at the
prestigious auditorium situated within the grounds of the
historical Forbidden City.

The opening Event was a Theatre Presentation "Uttar
Priyadarshi" based on the life of emperor Ashoka and
choreographed by the eminent theatre director Ratan Thiyam.

The remaining months of the Festival witnessed a
series of carefully chosen presentations of various Indian
dance and music forms by eminent artistes.

A 160-member Buddhist orchestra group, Shenzhen
Symphonic Orchestra had earlier performed `Harmony of the
Divine Land` (a symphony of Chinese Buddhist music) at the
inaugural event of the Festival of China in India in April.

With this, the festival part of the year-long
celebrations to commemorate 60 years of establishment of
diplomatic ties between India and China came to a close.

The festival was organised in India by the Indian
Council for Cultural Relations and the Embassy of China in New
Delhi.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had kicked-off
the year-long celebration of Indian culture in China during
his Beijing visit in April.

The year-long "Festival of India" was organised by the
government of India in several Chinese cities to celebrate six
decades of diplomatic relations.

A joint declaration was signed between India and China
on November 21 to celebrate the establishment of 60 years of
diplomatic relations between the two countries with a Festival
of India in China and a Festival of China in India.

PTI