Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Sunday presented with a hand-painted oil-painting of himself by a Chinese painter and Chinese translations of ancient Indian texts including Bhagavad Gita and essays of Swami Vivekananda. Modi, who arrived in Hangzhou on Saturday for the G20 summit, was gifted a set of 10 Chinese translations of the ancient Indian texts by Indophile Professor Wang Zhicheng, who teaches Hindi at the prestigious Peking University.
The translations include Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Narada’s Bhakti Sutras, Yoga Vasistha among others.
“New translations, old traditions! PM @narendramodi is presented Chinese translations of ancient Indian texts,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The Prime Minister was also gifted a portrait of himself by Professor Shen Shu from Hangzhou’s Zhejiang Kaiming Art Gallery.
The painting took nearly four months to complete, Swarup said in a tweet. Modi landed in Hangzhou on Saturday night after concluding his two day visit to Vietnam.