| Photographs at the exhibition on Chinese culture and traditions in Bhubaneswar. Pictures by Sanjib Mukherjee |
Bhubaneswar, Dec. 23: A team from the Chinese Embassy is on a visit to the state with a view to exploring the tourism potential between India and China. A photography exhibition featuring the culture and traditions of the People’s Republic of China has been organised at Jayadev Bhavan on the occasion.
More than 50 photographs are on display at the event, organised jointly by the Friends of China Society and the Chinese Embassy supported by the Odisha tourism department. The pictures showcase themes that vary from festivals, arts, crafts and lifestyle of the Chinese to their business and educational infrastructure.
All of these have been depicted from a tourism point-of-view that would make it tempting for the viewers to make a trip to the neighbouring country.
The photographs vary from one of the Chinese traditional dance performed by deaf artistes dressed in glittering costumes wearing artificial nails to that of an awe-inspiring acrobatic stunt by a dancer as part of a 2,000-year-old Chinese folk dance.
Glimpses of the lifestyle of ethnic groups such as Mukkam and amazing crafts such as dough craft, piying (a kind of shadow play) and pedicals (rickshaw) on the streets of China attracted many visitors in the city.
“I did not know that they had shadow play similar to the Ravanachaya of Odisha. Moreover, the picture showing the white pagoda of AD 1651 and the historical Temple of Heaven illustrates the rich history of China,” said Samarpita Dash, a visitor.
Moreover, photographs of the Beijing Financial Street and many more among business and financial centres in China are on display here.
Representatives from the Chinese Embassy said they were here to make a stronger bond with India, especially Odisha.
“Odisha has always been an important religious centre for people in China owing to its history in Buddhism. In fact, there are a lot of things in common in our traditions. Moreover, this visit of members of our embassy is to strengthen the ties between the two nations and to mark the 61st year of our political relations,” said an official of the eight-member team of the Chinese Embassy.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Zhang Yan, ambassador of China and Odisha revenue and information and public relations minister Surya Narayan Patro yesterday. The exhibition is on till December 27.