It was a wonderful evening for those who got an opportunity to witness musicians from China deliver soul-stirring performances at the ICCR Kolkata. Chinese artistes displayed their talent on Chinese instruments, leaving the audience spellbound.
The China Story A Music Tour for India was organized by Consulate General of People’s of China in Kolkata in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations Kolkata
Tan Longjian, a famous Sanxian player in contemporary China said on the sidelines of her performance “Sanxian, a traditional instrument, has displayed its mature artistic charm due to the profound historical culture it carries. “
The yangqin is a trapezoid string instrument having its origins in Persia, over 4,000 years ago. Over the years, the yangqin became integrated into the Chinese musical tradition and has now a distinct style of playing. It is an integral part of the nation’s folk music culture. The yangqin is is played with thin, flexible bamboo sticks called qin zhu. Liu Yuening , one of China’s best-known musicians and also a scholar, with music albums, books and research papers to her credit played yangqin. She said “ I have collaborated for three years with top Indian musicians, like santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya and mandolin artiste U. Srinivas, to create something unique.” Chen Bing is a promising young conductor who graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music with a M.A. degree and started her teaching and conducting career right after that also performed. Ms Chen’s conducting ensured a great range of emotion and power.
Other Chinese musicians presented their beautiful music to the audiences through their wonderful skills and rich musical expression.