Events organised by Consulate General of India, Guangzhou
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou is celebrating the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 9 January 2017.
RBI has released guidelines regarding Extension of deadline for deposit of Demonetized banknotes at RBI ( Mumbai , Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Nagpur) for resident Indians abroad till 31 March and NRIs till 30 June 2017.
The Ministry of Tourism has introduced a 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help Line to facilitate visits of foreign tourist visiting India.
International Day of Yoga
The 2nd International Day of India (IDY) in Southern China was celebrated in five cities jointly organized by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou with the local Municipality governments and other Yoga Institutes.
Sangeet Natak Akademi artists perform at Yunnan Normal University
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou organised Saptakam, a medley of seven Indian classical dances, at Yunnan Normal University, Kunming on July 3, 2014. It was performed by the artists of Sangeet Natak Akademi,New Delhi and organised as a part of ongoing Glimpses of India festival in China. A 700 capacity auditorium was full and was attended by President and all four Vice Presdients of the Uniersity, besies senior local government officials and media persons. The audience highly appreciated the performance and dance troupe interacted with the audience after the performance.
Sangeet Natak Akademi artists perform at Yunnan University of Nationalities, Kunming
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou organised Saptakam, a medley of seven Indian classical dances, at Yunnan University of Nationalities, Kunming on July 2, 2014. It was perfromed by the artists of Sangeet Natak Akademi,New Delhi and organised as a part of ongoing Glimpses of India festival in China. An auditorium with 600 capacity was full and the audience were fascinated by the varities of dance forms which could be seen by continous clapping. The dance troupe interacted with the teachers and students of the Univesity after the performance.
Hon. Vice President visits China
Inauguration of Buddhist Exhibition in Chengdu, Sichuan
On June 10, 2014 Consul General K. Nagaraj Naidu along with Ms. Li Li, Vice Chair of Chengdu People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Mr. Wang Zhongming, Deputy Director General of Chengdu Religious Affairs Bureau and the Chief Abbot of Baoguang Monastery inaugurated the exhibition – “Buddha-cārikā” – In the Footsteps of the Shākyamuni Buddha focusing on the life, teachings, important events and the sublime wandering of the Buddha which he undertook for 45 years, after getting enlightenment at Bodhgaya, as well as Benoy Behl’s photographic exhibition titled “Buddhist Heritage of India” consisting of 91 photographs and three text panels, covering the Buddhist Heritage of India from North to South and from West to East. Both exhibitions were mounted at the Baogang Monastery in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Buddha-cārikā is an attempt not only to illustrate the life, teachings and important events of the Buddha but also to provide information about the Buddhist Pilgrimage by depicting the master pieces on Indian Art and Artifacts discovered from the numerous archaeological sites in India. In the Mahāparnirvāṇa Sutra the Buddha himself has exhorted his disciples that every devout follower of the Buddha should visit the four sacred places connected with the life of the Buddha, i.e., the place of Birth - Lumbini, the place of enlightenment - Bodhgaya, the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon – Saranath and the place of his Mahāparinirvāṇa (the great demise) - Kushinagar. With this the first sapling of the Buddhist Pilgrimage (Circuit) was sown by the Buddha himself. According to the Buddha taking pilgrimage to sacred sites has two aspects, the first one is physical and the other one is spiritual, which according to him is an act of devotion and faith. By paying a visit to these sacred places with the feeling of reverence and showing veneration one is able to purify one’s thought, speech and action.
It is believed that in the 3rd Century BC the great Emperor Asoka expanded the horizon of pilgrimage by adding four more places where at different occasions Lord Buddha had shown miracles. These are Rajgir, Shravasti, Vashali and Sankasya. Thus the Emperor Asoka elaborated the pilgrimage and inspired the people to visit the holy places connected with the Buddha and called it the Dhamma Yatra. In due course of time many places throughout the length and breadth of the country became studded with the Buddhist Viharas, Monuments and Shrines.
Gradually in the next few centuries the pilgrimage routes became more elaborate and several places associated with the various events of the life of the Buddha and his prominent disciples became the part and parcel of pilgrimage. Eminent Monk Chinese Buddhist scholars like Fa Xien, Xuan Zang, Yi Jing and many others who visited the Indian sub-continent also contributed by recording and writing about the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. The world is indebted to these monk-scholars who left written records of their experience and detail descriptions of such sacred places connected with the Buddha for the posterity in the form of travelogues. These travelogues also play crucial role in our present understanding on the glorious past of India and its association with sublime wandering of the Buddha and his important disciples. Here it is worth mentioning that it was based on Xuan Zang’s travelogue that the ancient Nalanda University site was explored and excavated.
Benoy Behl’s photographic exhibition provides a comprehensive perspective of the monuments and art heritage of Buddhism, from the earliest times. It also takes us on a visual pilgrimage through the life of the Buddha: to the places of his birth, enlightenment, first sermon and final renunciation. The exhibition covers a wide range of the heritage of both Theravada and Mahayana-Vajrayana orders, providing a view of the richness of the whole Buddhist tradition.
Chinese Foreign Minister visits India
The Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, H. E. Mr. Wang Yi, is on a visit to India on June 08-09, 2014 in the capacity of Special Envoy of the President of China. The objective of the visit is to establish contact with the new Government of India. The visit is an important element of the Year of India-China Friendly Exchanges and will provide further momentum to the India-China Strategic and Cooperative Partnership.
2nd India-China Yoga Summit Press Conference held in Kunming
A Press Conference to promote the 2nd India-China Yoga Summit was held in Kunming on June 07, 2014. The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou will be organizing the 2nd Yoga Summit in Dali in Yunnan Province from July 7-12, 2014. A large number of Yoga practitioners from all over the world are expected to participate in the event. The event will be graced by renowned Yoga Masters including Dr. Geeta Iyenger from Iyengar School, Pune and Dr. H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore including prominent teachers like Joseph H Pereira, Birjoo H. Mehta , Abhijata Sridhar , Deepika Mehta , Marcia Monroe, Yogi Cameron, Jaimyse Haft , and Ishwar V. Basavaraddi. The promotional event was attended by a large number of media houses and yoga practitioners. Consul General Mr. K. Nagaraj Naidu gave a brief introduction about the real meaning of Yoga and asked the participants to follow its true spirit.
China-South Asian Countries Science & Technology Ministers Meeting
On the sidelines of the 2nd China-South Asia Expo, Ministry of Science and Technology of China and Yunnan Provincial Government organized the first China-South Asian Countries Science & Technology Ministers Meeting on 06 June 2014. The event was attended by Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology; Amirzai Sangin, Afghan Minister of Communications and Information Technology; Khondaker M. Asaduzzaman, Secretary, Bangladesh Ministry of Science and Techonology; Nagaraj Naidu, Consul General of India in Guangzhou; Mohammed Ashmalee, Maldives Minister of Finance and Treasury; Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary, Nepal Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment; Zahid Hamid, Pakistan Minister of Science and Technology; and Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sri Lanka Minister of Technology and Research. During the opening ceremony of the Expo, the logo for the China-South Asia Technology Transfer Center (TTC) was unveiled and it was announced that the Center will be set up in Kunming.
Consulate organises Kathakali dance performances
The Indian Council for Cultural Reatlions, New Delhi sponsored 08 member Kathakali dance delegation led by Mr. K Gopalakrishanan, Director, Kathakali School, Thrissur, Kerala visited Guangzhou from May 28-June 2, 2014. The delegation gave performances in Shenzhen University, Shenzhen (May 30), Iyengar Yoga Institute of China, Guangzhou (May 31) and Liu Zu Temple, Sihui (June 1). The performance was of very high standard and was appreciated by the audience. In Shenzhen, there were 500 people watching the performance, while in Guangzhou and Sihui, there were 400 and 700 respectively. In all the three places, the performance was appreciated not only by the general audience but also by the distinguished guests present there consisting of local government officials, senior academicians and senior representatives of local media. After the performances, the delegation also interacted with the audience and also answered their queries leaving a lasting impression. As the performances were based on our famous epic Mahabharata and also on the Puranas, the local audience got a chance to get the glimpse of these cultural repositories.
Indian Food Festival organised in Chengdu
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou organised Indian Food Festival in Shangrila Chengdu from May 23-30, 2014. It is part of 'Glimpses of India' Festival being organised in China to celebrate 2014 as the Year of Friendly Exchanges between India and China. The opening ceremony of the food festival was held on May 23 and was attended by a large number of people including representatiives from local government, Consulates based in Chengdu, Indian Community and media organisations. The event has been a grand success as large number of people are attending the festival every day and have appreciated the food items prepared by Mr. Sanjay Dasaria and Md. Ismail, Chefs deputed for the Food Festival by India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., New Delhi.
14th International Food Exhibition and Guangzhou Import Food Exhibition (IFE-China), May 27-29, 2014
The 14th edition of International Food Exhibition and Guangzhou Import Food Exhibition (IFE-China) was held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex (Pazhou Fair Complex) in Guangzhou from May 27-29, 2014. Consulate General of India in Guangzhou participated at the Fair with a Pavilion. The Consulate displayed Indian spices and India wine. India pavilion received large number of footfalls and a number of visitors got a chance to taste Indian wine. On the suggestion of the Consulate and Coffee Board, two Indian Coffee exporters participated in the exhibition and exhibited their products. Organized by the China Food Industry Association, the largest authorized food association in China, IFE-China was supported by Chinese Cereals and Oils Association, and China Specialty Coffee Industry Association. IFE China 2014 had 6 focused pavilions covering (1) Food and Beverage (including coffee & tea), (2) Edible Oil & Olive Oil, (3) Meat & Related products, (4) Wine & Spirits, (5) Nutrition & Healthcare Food, and (6) Food & Oil Machinery spread over an area of 1.1 million square meters. Prominent organizations that participated at the exhibition include – the Italy Trade Commission, ApexBrasil, Belgium Meat Office, Austrade, and the Consulates of Chile, Italy, Croatia, Thailand, Turkey, Spain, European Union Chamber, etc.
Henna painting session organsied by the Consulate in Gaugnzhou Library
As a part of the India Culture Month being held in Guangzhou Library, the Consulate organised a session on Henna painting on May 24, 2014. The session comprisesd of a lecture cum demonstration on Indian traditonal Henna painting (mehendi). Ms Anisha Chawla, henna painting expert gave a lecture and also taught the art of henna painting. A large number of people attended the session.
A session on Yoga organised by the Consulate in Guangzhou Library
As a part of the India Culture Month being held in Guangzhou Library, the Consulate organised a session on Yoga at Guangzhou Library on May 24, 2014. The session comprisesd of a lecture cum demonstration on Yoga by Mr Deepak Prajapati, famous Yoga teacher and owner of Yoga studio, Yoga Sutra. A large number of people interested in Yoga participated in the session and learnt the basic practices. Ms Anisha Chawla, henna painting expert gave a lecture and also taught the art of henna painting. A large number of people attended the session.
Ambassador meets Chengdu City Mayor
On May 15, Ambassador met with Chengdu Mayor – Mr. Ge Honglin (GHL). This was Ambassador’s second meeting with GHL who had earlier met him in Beijing. During his meeting, Ambassador briefed GHL on his earlier meeting with Sichuan Party Secretary WDM, the launching of the “Glimpses of India” Festival in Chengdu as well as his meetings with the President of Sichuan University and Chairman of DEC. He also briefed GHL on the series of activities that the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou will be organizing in Chengdu over the next few weeks. He specifically mentioned the Indian food festival which will take place at the Chengdu Shangrila Hotel from May 22 to 29, the Buddha Carika Exhibition combined with Benoy Behl’s Buddhist photographic exhibition at the historic Baoguang Monastery from June 4 to 12, followed by tourism and business promotion events, and a Bollywood film week.
Ambassador meets Sichuan Party Secretary
India’s Ambassador to China Mr. Ashok K. Kantha visited Sichuan Province from May 13 to 15, 2014. This was Mr. Kantha’s first visit to Sichuan province and Chengdu city after taking over as Ambassador. His last visit to the city was in year 1984. On 14 May, Ambassador along with Consul General Mr. K. Nagaraj Naidu met Sichuan Party Secretary Mr. Wang Dongming (WDM). WDM told Ambassador that Sichuan province is rightly positioned in southwest China to enhance multi-faceted engagement with India. He said that Sichuan province was endowed with a rich cultural heritage, strong industrial foundation, excellent educational facilities and rich human resources to enhance greater economic and people-to-people contacts with India. Ambassador briefed WDM on the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) and the significant role that Sichuan based companies can play in the some of the projects that were being discussed under this dialogue particularly in the railway sector as well as industrial parks. Ambassador also briefed WDM on the activities that the Embassy and the Consulate were planning to organize in Chengdu as part of the festivities that were planned for the year that was being celebrated by the two countries as the “India-China Year of Friendly Exchanges”.
Ambassador visits Sichuan University
On 14 May, Ambassador met with the President of Sichuan University, Mr. Xie Heping. In his meeting Ambassador emphasized the need for greater academic and educational exchanges between Sichuan and Indian universities. Sichuan University is also keen to work with India on setting up a center for Finance and Management in the campus. Ambassador also met with senior academicians and scholars of the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at Sichuan University.