Two artists from China presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a collection of their artworks. Ms. Tian Dan, who works with the Shaanxi Normal University Press, presented the Prime Minister a beautiful collection of caricatures demonstrating Shri Narendra Modi’s various engagements in Xi’an during his visit to China in May 2015. It captures Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Daxingshan Temple.
An especially designed box containing a beautiful painting of Buddha and his disciples on a long scroll was also presented to PM Modi by Professor Yue Yu. Professor Yue Yu is the Director of Religious Art Institute of North West University in Xi’an and a renowned Buddhist artist, scholar. The box also contains a book “True and Free: Portraits of the Eighteen Arhats in Buddhism”, with paintings by Professor Yue Yu. Professor Yue Yu has studied temples in Xi’an to have a better understanding of Buddhist scriptures. He has travelled to many countries in the world including India to study the ancient Buddhist artworks. He has visited famous temples to understand the various aspects of Buddhism.
These indicate the growing interest in China towards the Prime Minister and the good government initiatives he has initiated in India. It also illustrates the growing buzz around strong India-China ties in the years to come.