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A cultural extravaganza to celebrate Chinese New Year

Madhur Tankha
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Aimed to strengthen cooperation between the two nations

The Guangxi Acrobatic Troupe during a performance.Photo: Special Arrangement
The Guangxi Acrobatic Troupe during a performance.Photo: Special Arrangement

To celebrate the Chinese New Year in India, a 17-member group from the Guangxi Acrobatic Troupe is presenting a cultural extravaganza at the Siri Fort Auditorium here on Thursday.

Organised by the Embassy of China in association with the India China Economic and Cultural Council, the event is open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

According to the Chinese Embassy Counsellor (Cultural) Zhang Zhihong, the event is basically aimed at strengthening bilateral cultural cooperation between the two nations.

“As 2014 is the year of friendly exchanges between China and India, we are encouraging people-to-people contact between the two nations. We want to showcase our rich cultural heritage and traditions with the Indian public. This is the Year of the Horse in accordance with the traditional Chinese lunar New Year calendar. According to Chinese cultural experts, the horse assumes special significance. It stands for good qualities like hard work, strength, success and courage,” he told The Hindu .

Zhu Chuang Wei vice-president of Guangxi Acrobatic Troupe said: “We want to showcase the best of Chinese tradition. We have been practising to Indian music.But the presentation will be totally authentic.

Set up in July 1952, the Guangxi Acrobatic Troupe has been improvising by learning through national and international programmes. It has been assimilating whatever it has learnt from various artistes but has evolved a unique artistic style of performance of its own.

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