The day commenced with an inauguration ceremony in the presence of Prof. Swapan Kumar Datta. Vice-Chancellor (Officiating), Visva-Bharati, Mr. Yasuhiko Tanaka, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata and Ms. Hiroko Nagahama, Calligraphy expert from Japan among other dignitaries.
Thereafter, Ms. Nagahama conducted a Calligraphy Workshop in the Central Library of the university. She retired last year from Tokyo Kasei University Girls Senior High School where she was a calligraphy teacher. She has conducted calligraphy workshops in Kolkata several times, in addition to other places in India and Nepal.
Around 100 participants, mainly students from the Departments of Japanese and Fine Arts of Visva-Bharati, participated in the workshop and received hands on experience in this traditional art using traditional calligraphy set.
The day was concluded with the screening of a Japanese movie, Swing Girls, at Lipika Auditorium of Visva-Bharati. Students and faculty of the university thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
It is hoped that the event provided a little more exposure about Japan and will gradually help in further strengthening the bond of friendship and understanding between the Japan and India.
This event is enlisted in the agenda of ‘2017 The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’