Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui on the Screening of “Kung-Fu-Yoga”
(Sirifort Auditorium, March 16, 2017)
Mrs. Namrata S. Kumar, Deputy Director General of ICCR,
Mr. Senthil Rajan, Director of DFF,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we all know, Yoga is not only a physical practice, but also a way to purify our soul. It is an Indian cultural heritage with global influence. Today Yoga is so popular in China, many people especially young people practice it, and many Yoga institutes, associations are established. This is one example of people-to-people interaction between our two countries.
In China there are many schools of Kung Fu. The most famous school named Shaolin Kung Fu is believed to be originated from India. The Indian Great Monk Budhidharma traveled to China in early 6th century, just 200 years before Chinese monk Xuanzang to India. Budhidharma meditated for 9 years at Shaolin Temple, and created Shaolin Kung Fu. This is another example for people to people interaction between our two counties.
Today we will watch the movie Kung Fu Yoga, co-produced by the artists from China and India. It is a perfect combination of two unique cultural symbols. In China, it has attracted a lot of fans and the box office has reached more than 200 million USD. I wish you will enjoy it.
Both India and China are countries with a long history of civilization. Our cultures not only developed independently but also interacted very closely for centuries. We have learned a lot from each other. Along with the spread of Buddhism, the exchanges in religion, culture, trade and education flourished along the silk road and through land and oceans.
A few months ago, I visited the Ajanta caves. The architecture, fresco and sculptures reminded me of the Dunhuang Caves in China. We should not forget the many people including Budhidharma and Xuanzang, for their historic contribution to the development of cultural exchanges. We should build on their legacy.
More than 1 million people traveled across the two countries last year. They are the friendly envoys of our times. We welcome more and more people to visit each others countries.
Last but not least, I would like to thank ICCR and DFF for co-hosting today’s event with us. I would also like to thank Kung Fu Star Jackie Chan and Bollywood Star Sonu Sood for their video messages. Of course I appreciate everyone present here for sharing with us the beautiful evening.