The Xi Ban Band from Shanghai, China performed at DLF Public School, Sahibabad, Delhi-NCR, India on November 24, 2016 in collaboration with the Delhi International Art Festival, celebrating their 10th edition. The DIAF attracted performers from over 30 countries and over 2000 plus artistes of all genres from all over India.
The band took an audience of around 1000 children at the school to a brand new art form – the Beijing Opera, a form of Chinese Opera combining music, vocal performance, mime and dance. Wrapped in an hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisited the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, the Xi Ban Band created an intriguing interplay between traditional idioms and pop culture references. This engagement exposed our young minds to the varied art forms of the world while hoping to facilitate healthy respect and understanding of cultural diversities prevalent across the world.
It was a fascinating experience for all, more so, as the performances and the music film found some striking similarities with the Indian musical styles and percussion instruments while being diverse in their own way. Principal Seema Jerath pointed out that there is disconnect, a gap in our beliefs and towards acceptance to a culture different than ours. Since we live in transformational times, these collaborative exercises are important for our learners to become success stories of tomorrow. She added that the music group, Xi Ban, with their soulful performance formed a classroom of diversity aligning the school’s vision of creating true global citizens.