Dragon dance, kung fu & Bolly moves to celebrate the Chinese new year

  • Published 7.03.18
The traditional highlight of the celebrations — the dragon dance.
We heart little Angela’s red and grey outfit (don’t miss the cat!).
Young Audrey demonstrating Shaolin kung fu.
The Chinese consul-general in Calcutta, Ma Zhanwu, was accorded a grand reception on the occasion, which he graced as the chief guest. “I am extremely happy to be here. Congratulations to James Liao for organising such a stellar evening and to all the performers for the brilliant show they have put up. I really enjoyed being here,” he said.

The Chinese New Year celebrations at Pei May Chinese High School in Tangra on February 14, presented by India Hong De Sports Association, showcased various Chinese art forms. From dragon dance to Shaolin kung fu, from Bollywood dance to Tai Chi (a martial art practised for self-defence as well as health benefits) — all the activities kept the crowd involved. Kids demonstrated various martial art forms before a dance team from Gurukul, Jessore Road, took over the stage.

“I really enjoyed the event. The Bollywood dance was exciting. The dragon dance and the lion dance were so lovely. I am really glad to be here today,” said 21-year-old Kimberly Chen, who works as a massage therapist in Ontario, Canada.
“Really loved the atmosphere over here this evening. It was a beautifully organised event with great performances throughout,” said Cynthia Li, taking in the celebrations with her baby boy Nathan Hsiung.
Little Tristan performs with a nine-section chain whip, a weapon used in certain martial arts.
The dance team from Gurukul performed to tracks like Swag se swagat, Chalti hai kya 9 se 12, Radha from Jab Harry Met Sejal and Socha hai from Baadshaho.

Text: Subhojit Ghosh 
Pictures: Koushik Saha