Interaction with the Chinese community living in South India.
Date :- Jan-16 ,2020, 16:00pm
Location: XuFancheng Culture study center, Pondicherry, India
ABOUT SPEAKERS :
- Dr. Das Bikash Kali -(克理), A student of China studies, and his expertise is India-China relations. Dr.Das is the Deputy Director of the “XuFancheng Culture study center”- XuCSC.
- Mr. Chun Xu – Chun is a Chinese Aurovilian, who joined Auroville in 2011. he is very much interested in cultural exchange between China and India, as it serves as an effective way of building bridges between the people of the 2 nations. he likes to share Chinese Wellbeing culture, traditional Chinese fire cupping, and moxibustion therapies, and Chinese tea /food culture with Indian friends of-course he is also eager to know more about Indian Ayurvedic and Sita medicine, Indian temple culture, Nadi astrology, and Indian languages.
- Miss Deli Zhang – Miss. Deli Zhang, born and grew up on a farm in Chongqing, Southwest China, where there are small hills and streams. She experienced an intimate connection with Mother Nature, its bounty, songs, colors, aromas, and rhythms since very young. Later on, Deli went to towns, cities, mega-cities to study and work (as an English teacher, editor, translator, free-lancer, and did a few other odd jobs); she has traveled to a few places in China, Britain, Indonesia, Thailand, and South Africa. In 2014, she decided to finally embark on “worldwide” travel and chose India as the first destination, without a travel plan. And guess what? She got her Indian name Anandi during that trip and landed in Mother’s hands, in Auroville. Anandi has been living and volunteering in Auroville for four years – in farming, gardening, organization, translation, reading, teaching, offering therapies, attending learning & creative activities.
- Miss Satyamayee Pattnaik is presently pursuing post-graduation in East Asian Studies, from the University of Delhi. She has done her graduation from Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. She first studied Chinese and learned about the history and culture of China during her graduation. Fascinated with East Asian languages, history, and culture, she decided to pursue her Master’s in East Asian Studies, to deepen her knowledge.
- Dr. Sehdev Kumar is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Historian of Science & Mystical Thought, he is the author of many books including The Vision of Kabir; his latest book, 7000 Million Degrees of Freedom: One Earth, Seven BillionWorlds, is a fervent appeal for a new earth consciousness. He currently lives in the international spiritual community of Auroville in South India. He is a committed pacifist and promotes human unity in all its varied dimensions.
The event proceeded with the introduction of the XuFancheng Culture study center by Dr. Das Bikash Kali -(克理). Dr. Das gave a brief about their works in the field of India-China cultural relations. Dr. Das mentioned that he and his team are developing a platform for youths and females in India-China cultural relations. This project will require support from peoples and dedication from his team. Understanding the fact that both civilizations historically share with each other wisdom and culture, there is a huge scope in this area, and many possibilities to be accomplished. Dr. Das urges everyone that cultural exchange will bring peace and prosperity in this world and Cultural Connoisseurs should collaborate and help develop a better world in the post-pandemic period.
After his brief presentation and speech, everyone introduced themselves, there was a total of 24 participants which included peoples from India and China.
Miss Deli Zhang, shared her insights on Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and Xu Fancheng, and their spiritual connections that are bringing together peoples from India and China.
Miss Zhang is currently translating Kabir’s lyrical verse into the Chinese language. She is a translator and a Chinese language teacher. She mentioned the legacy of over 300 Chinese paintings of XuFancheng kept at Aurobindo Ashram. She spoke about Chinese culture, the Yin and Yang theory, and how India-China is connected through the wisdom of Sri Aurobindo.
Miss Saranya shared about her works in developing Indian culture through the center’s platform.
The next speech was delivered by Miss Satyamayee Pattnaik, she gave a description of her experiences in studying Chinese culture and language, she has a profound interest in Chinese culture. She mentions that this center will provide opportunities to many youths like her, who are interested in learning the Chinese language and culture. Due to a lack of opportunities in the field of India-China cultural relations, many Chinese language students do not get the proper platform for showcasing their talents.
The last speech was delivered by Prof. Sehdev Kumar, he is a native of Punjab and is currently visiting Pondicherry. He was a former Professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Prof. Sehdev tells in brief about the history of India-China relations and its importance in developing people-to-people relations.
Mr. Chun Xu and Miss Isha perform the Chinese tea culture ceremony.