China culture date at Visva

Visva-Bharati university will on Friday host a two-day international conference on "India China Cultural Resonance", which will be attended by dignitaries from both countries.

By Snehamoy Chakraborty
  • Published 1.11.17
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Santiniketan: Visva-Bharati university will on Friday host a two-day international conference on "India China Cultural Resonance", which will be attended by dignitaries from both countries.

Varsity officials and scholars on Chinese said in Delhi that the conference - being organised close on the heels of the standoff over the Doklam region - was likely to be the biggest platform in recent memory where representatives from both countries would enhance the bond between the nations.

The conference will feature cultural exchange with 45 scholars from China, besides Hu Sishe, the vice-president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Ma Zhanwu, the consul-general of China in Calcutta.

Riva Ganguly Das, the director-general of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and C.V. Ranganathan, former Indian ambassador to China, will also participate in the conference.

"The event has been organised to mark 80 years of Cheena Bhavana," said Abhijit Banerjee, the head of the Chinese department.

Cheena Bhavana was set up in Visva-Bharati by Rabindranath Tagore in 1937, nine years after he initiated the effort to establish a centre for Chinese studies.

Sources said the ICCR had disbursed around Rs 10 lakh as travel costs for the Chinese delegates.

Visva-Bharati officiating vice-chancellor Swapan Kumar Datta said: "It is a really big event."

Priyadarsi Mukherji, a professor of Chinese and chairman of the Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, said: "I can't recall another such programme, with delegates from both countries, in an Indian educational institution."