Cultural extravaganza in Delhi to celebrate China's National Day

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 18:10 hrs

New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Celebrating the 64th National Day of China here, Indian and Chinese artists Saturday enthralled the audience with cultural performances like face changing, Rajasthani folk dances, musical performance and magical tricks.

"China-India Cultural Extravaganza 2013" was organised by the India-China Economic and Cultural Council in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy and the China National Tourist Office.

The 90-minute long performance at Kamani Auditorium represented a slice of culture from both the countries, and was aimed at strengthening bilateral cultural cooperation between the two nations.

"With culture and people-to-people exchange between our two countries, we can promote mutual perception and understanding, consolidate the popular support of China-India ties, and continue to expand, deepen, and enrich our cooperation," said Zhang Zhihong, counsellor (cultural) at the Chinese embassy here.

The evening began with a popular form of opera arts, "Face Changing", an age-old technique where the actor on stage paints his face in different hues. It is believed this technique was used in ancient days by the Chinese to scare away fierce beasts.

It was followed by Diabolo acrobatics, a traditional Chinese acrobatics art form where the performer uses many tricks to engage the audience.

Other performances comprised a colourful Rajasthani folk dance, Indian and Western fusion music, foot juggling and magical tricks by an Indian magician.