Chinese cultural exhibition held in Kathmandu

By Melsam Ojha
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Song Xiaomei works at the exhibition to perfect her sculpture. [Photo by Melsam Ojha/]  

An exhibition, jointly organized by the China Cultural Center in Nepal and Tianjin Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and Television of Tianjin (TMACRFT), was held in Kathmandu on June 22 to display cultural heritages of Tianjin, as part of a cultural program.

Newly elected Mayor of Kathmandu Bidhya Sundar Shakya and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong jointly inaugurated the program by lighting traditional Nepali candle known as "panas".

The program was staged at the heart of Kathmandu, with a banquet attended by local lawmakers, foreign diplomats, academicians, media representatives and students. The cultural delegation from Tianjin comprised 10 artists led by the deputy director of TMACRFT Xu Henqiu.

Tianjin has developed a unique style as a center of Chinese and Western civilizations over hundreds of years. With long history, profound cultural heritage and advantageous geographical location, it has given birth to a long-standing, colorful and distinctive national and folk culture.

The city is honored as birthplace of Pingju, an opera form based on folk songs and dance (Yangge). It also has a variety of folk arts like Yangliuqing wood engraving pictures and Master Zhang's painted sculpture, making it one of the representative regions for intangible cultural heritage in China.

The purpose of the Kathmandu program was to show Chinese people's longing for and pursuit of a better life. Meng Yongquan, member of Tianjin Arts and Crafts Guild and also a guest professor at Tianjin Arts and Crafts Professional College, was busy at the venue carving delicate patterns on eggs with tools such as delicate knives and a drill to create embossment or hollow engraving.

Wang Peng, a disciple of the senior artist Zhao Lianbin, displayed his artistic skills on filigree, which has a history of over 2,000 years beginning from the Han Dynasty. He has also designed and fabricated a series of special jewelry pieces in the shape of animals, plants and figures.

Wang Jing, successor of the ancient Chinese knot button skill, showed a fascinated audience the beauty of this particular art form.

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