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Remembering XuFancheng: A Tribute Through a Symposium

On March 10th, 2018, a historic event took place in Pondicherry, India. The “Pondicherry India China Friendship Association” (PICFA) in collaboration with the Government of Pondicherry, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi -India, Sri Aurobindo Ashram,  INTACH Pondicherry, Chennai centre for China studies and other organizations, organized a symposium in memory of XuFancheng, a cultural ambassador between India and China. The event was attended by dignitaries from both countries, including the Chinese ambassador to India, H.E. Luo Zhaohui.sympo

The symposium was dedicated to the life and legacy of Hu Hsu (Prof. Xu Fancheng), a Chinese scholar, Indologist, and artist who lived in India from 1945 to 1978. Hu Hsu is remembered for his contributions to the cultural exchange between India and China through his translations of Indian classical texts, contemporary writings, and works of philosophers such as Sri Aurobindo. He also created over 300 paintings in the traditional Chinese style. During his time in India, Hu Hsu had the opportunity to study at Shantiniketan and learn Indian philosophy.

The keynote address was delivered by H.E. Luo Zhaohui, who was a student of Hu Hsu. In his speech, the ambassador emphasized the importance of cultural exchange between India and China and the role of individuals like Hu Hsu in fostering closer ties between the two countries. The Chief Minister of Puducherry, Shri V. Narayanasamy, also gave a welcome note and talked about the significance of cultural cooperation, especially between Dali and Pondicherry, which have been designated as friendship cities.

The symposium featured a number of international speakers who discussed different aspects of Hu Hsu’s life and its connection to Indo-China relations. Prof. Huang Xinchuan, a former director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Prof. Nirmala Sharma, an art historian and professor, were among the speakers. They explored the cultural, spiritual, and heritage implications of Hu Hsu’s work in bringing India and China closer.

In conclusion, the symposium in memory of XuFancheng was a significant event that demonstrated the strong cultural ties between India and China. The legacy of Hu Hsu serves as a symbol of the close relationship between the two countries and provides a basis for further cultural exchange in the future. The event was a tribute to the great scholar and artist who dedicated his life to promoting understanding and friendship between India and China.


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