Monday, April 6, 2009

Jana tha Japan, Pahunch gaye Cheen, Samajhgaye na

Harmonica maestro He Jiayi was in India to perform in Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Cochin. While in Delhi, he performed at the Chinese embassy. Abe Thomas, who runs the Harmonica India Yahoo group, introduced Jiayi to Ashok Bhandari, the magician turned mouth organ player. The Chinese Ambassador grabbed the opportunity to hold their joint performance. The following letter reflects the spirit:

Dear Mr. Bhandari,

Attached are a few pictures taken at the April 2 gathering at the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy.

The performances by Mr. He Jiayi and yourself were highly appreciated and enjoyed by the audience including H.E. Ambassador Zhang Yan and other members of the Embassy. I wish to thank you again for your participation and look forward to more contact and interactions with you and indeed with muscial circles of India in the future for the further enhancement of cultural exchange and cooperation between our two countries.
with high regard,
Xie Fei
Cultural Counsellor
Embassy of the People's Republic of China