PRE EVENT Press Release
India Culture Week: “India in Shanghai” to be inaugurated in Shanghai tomorrow
Building upon the recent high level visits of H.E. President Xi Jinping to India and Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi to China, a renewed emphasis has been placed on promoting people-to-people linkages as well as strengthening cultural exchanges between India and China.
In pursuit of the same, for the first time ever in the 17-year history of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (SIAF), India has been designated as the guest country, with an ‘Indian Culture Week’ being incorporated as a part of the SIAF annual festival which runs from 16th October – 16th November, 2015.
SIAF is the only state-level International Arts Festival hosted by the Ministry of Culture of China and organized by Shanghai Municipal People's Government. In past years, the festival has seen participation from renowned personalities in the field of Art.
Consulate General of India, Shanghai in association with The Center for China Shanghai International Arts Festival (SIAF) is proud to present ‘India Culture Week’ during the 17th China Shanghai International Arts Festival 2015.
India Culture Week would be jointly inaugurated by Ambassador H.E Ashok K. Kantha along with Ms. Zhong Yanqun, Vice Chair of The Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress on November 5 at the Shanghai Grand Theater.
The events at the India Culture Week showcase the best of contemporary Indian arts and comprise the following:
1. Musical – ‘Bollywood Extravaganza’
2. Dance Performance ‘Sari’ by Daksha Sheth Dance Company
3. Tribal Music by ‘Rajasthan Josh’
4. Exhibition – ‘Forms of Devotion’
Each of the above performances would be staged at multiple venues across Shanghai from Nov 5-11. The exhibition titled “Forms of Devotion” would remain open for public viewing at China Art Museum from November 6, 2015 - February 21, 2016. The complete schedule of the Culture Week with details of the programme outline is attached at Annex I.
The India Culture Week at China Shanghai Arts Festival aims to provide Chinese friends a glimpse of the multi-faceted cultural traditions of India as well as enable a better understanding of India among Chinese people. The cultural performances are also expected to lead to a greater collaboration between Indian & Chinese performing Arts and corresponding institutions. Further this year being the Visit India Year in China, it is expected that this Festival will encourage more Chinese tourists to travel to India and see for themselves the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India.
The India Culture Week in Shanghai has been brought together by the collective effort and support of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Tourism and several leading companies engaged in promotion of India China bilateral trade and investments.
4th November 2015
Annex I : Programme schedule of Culture Week