Chinese, Indian singers to share stage in Guangzhou soiree
By Suvam Pal
Guangzhou Grand Theatre in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. /VCG Photo

Guangzhou Grand Theatre in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. /VCG Photo

China has been a foremost promoter of global music for a while, and the country with its long musical history and profound heritage has come of age as one of the most sought-after destinations for musicians all over the world.

Come Saturday, and the city of Guangzhou will see a unique mélange of music as a slew of singers from China and India will share the stage in a concert at the Guangzhou Beilei Theatre, in the provincial capital of South China's Guangdong Province.

"Music is a bridge between hearts and souls and this event can be a small part of the bridge for relations between both the countries," He Xiao Fang, one of the organizers, told CGTN.

The much-anticipated musical extravaganza, called "Rang", which means color in English, is being organized by the Zhongshan City Kai Er Trading Company and WeChat platform CNRI and will feature popular and soulful melodies in Chinese and several Indian languages, including Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi, and Awadhi among others, sung by a number of promising singers from China and India.

Rajesh Purohit, the Guangzhou-based founder of CNRI, mentioned, "Leaders and Government are taking their efforts to get people of both China and India connected to strengthen relations between the two ancient civilizations which have been a grand repository of art and culture. Their efforts are formal and at a higher level. We are trying to use man's common language and informal means to support their goal.”

Renowned Indian satirist and poet Dinesh Raghuvanshi will join the performers on stage with his inimitable gift of gab for the event. Meanwhile, the organizers told CGTN that the show has already been sold out due to the increasing number of Chinese music aficionados along with expats from many South Asian countries that responded to the ongoing buzz about the event and purchased tickets online.   

"Performances by eight Indian singers in nine Indian languages and three Chinese performers sharing the stage with them indicates how friends from China can be comfortable with Indians from any part of India," said Purohit, who is eager to spread the universal language of world music in the coming days through more such musical events across China.

Chinese opera performer Li Yu Qing, who will perform a much-anticipated concert, said: I am really happy to sing along with many talented Indian singers. I am sure this will give a rare opportunity for our audience to witness the diversity of both Chinese and Indian music."

Quite interestingly, in a unique move to overcome the language barrier for the viewers, the organizers will use real-time translation of the songs with artificial intelligence.