The simmering Doklam dispute between India and China doesn’t seem to have dented the popularity of Indian culture in China. If anything, the Chinese have been welcoming to Indian culture and the Indian nationals working across the border.
From organising cultural events to celebrating religious festivals, the Chinese have accepted and imbibed many traditionally Indian practices.
There’s an ‘India Day’
In a friend’s Beijing primary school, today is “India Day”. All teachers, students encouraged to come wearing Indian clothes (although all he could manage for his son was Aladdin). Here, teachers put on a show for the students. Pretty amazing! pic.twitter.com/xNidatgN0f— Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) July 30, 2018
Numerous schools in China have introduced ‘India Day’ in their calendars to educate the youth about different cultures and increase cultural sensitivity.
Bharatanatyam is also growing in popularity in China. The popular classical dance is being performed by street performers and professional artists around China.
What a beautiful Sunday surprise: Head to a Beijing mall and what do I find? A young Chinese student brilliantly performing Bharatanatyam! pic.twitter.com/JvWH7pXRB5— Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) July 22, 2018
The Chinese media has also made an effort to learn Indian languages such as Tamil to cater to the increasing diversity in their country.
In the tweet below you can see a Chinese anchor describing the growth of lotus flowers in Tamil.
Many Indian languages in the following index— Kishor Rathore (@iKishorRathore) February 13, 2018
Yet we're supported by the English language for the Education of Technical, Scientific, Psychoanalytic, and Practicality.
In this case, we should learn from China. They use their stuff everywhere@mariawirth1https://t.co/OCLwHYouGD
The Chinese have also taken a liking to Bollywood. Hindi movies such as Dangal made a hefty profit in the Chinese market, and Salman Khan-starrer Sultan is going to release in China at the end of this month.
Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium came close to a collection of Rs 200 crore. A major proportion of the profits for the film were from China, where the film seems to have struck a special cord with the audience.
One of China’s biggest movies of the year was Dying to Survive, which revolved around a Chinese protagonist who smuggled cheap Indian medicines to cure his illness.
Ali Abbas: "I just feel that all South Asian countries somewhere or the other are familiar with Indian culture… These films are really high on emotions. When an emotion works, it works universally.”#Sultan Releasing on Aug 31 in China.#SalmanKhan— !!Bharat (@mystery0725) August 2, 2018
In a special tribute to the literary legend, Chinese students of Communications University in Beijing presented Rabindra Sangeet in Bengali language. Listen to them singing ‘Ami Chini go Chini’ in this video!@IndianDiplomacy pic.twitter.com/ixD4Cl9BkP— India in China (@EOIBeijing) May 19, 2018
Chinese students of India Cultural Centre at the Embassy presented a dance recital based on Rabindra Sangeet titled- Aloker Ei Jhorna Dharaye Dhuiye Dao. Here is a glimpse! pic.twitter.com/8TSCQI7iLs— India in China (@EOIBeijing) May 19, 2018
‘Indian culture for Young China’— India in China (@EOIBeijing) May 25, 2018
‘Indian Culture Day’ was organized by the Embassy today at Renmin University in Beijing. The event introduced Indian classical music and dance to Chinese students and gave them an opportunity to learn more about Indian arts. pic.twitter.com/3w7JSEMGsj
Yoga is another Indian cultural practice that has become incredibly popular in China. The Chinese have used clips of Chinese people practising yoga to promote tourism in the province of Fujian.
China's Fujian province now using Yoga to promote tourism, holding yoga activities for tourists. Wondering if any Indian state has ever thought of that? pic.twitter.com/YgOXktbAqY— Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) July 10, 2018
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