On June 9, 2011 the Indian capital saw the beginning of the concert tour of the virtuoso ensemble “Maestro” from St. Petersburg. A sparkling performance by the renowned artists made an impressive prelude to the celebrations of the Day of Russia in India, traditionally accompanied by special social and cultural events.
This time immersion in the wonderful world of music was preceded by no less exciting acquaintance with the exhibition of modern Russian artists. The paintings were kindly provided by well-known Indian poet, artist and diplomat Abhay Kumar, a true connoisseur of the Russian language, literature and art, who used to work in Russia.
His collection of a few dozens of distinctive works made in various techniques and styles – from realistic landscapes to abstract paintings – he accumulated basically during his stay in St. Petersburg.
While addressing the audience at the inauguration ceremony H.E. Mrs Kiran Walia, Minister of Social Welfare, National Capital Territory of Delhi, noted that “the exhibited paintings by Russian artists enable us to deeply feel the soul of the people with whom we are bound by decades of firm friendship and mutual understanding”. “The emotional spirit, feelings and experience reflected by the artists, are familiar to the Indians”, she emphasized.
“On the eve of the Day of Russia I would like to express my special gratitude to the people of the country which has always been by our side in the difficult times of ordeals”, stressed in his heartfelt speech Major Dalbir Singh, National Secretary of All India Congress Committee. Mr R.B.Singh, Secretary General of the Indian-Russian Friendship Society, also read out a welcome address on the occasion.
The debut performance of the ensemble from St. Petersburg, which was created in 2005 by composer L.Levashkevich and consists of young laureates of Russian and international contests, enjoyed the full house. The concert hall of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture saw prominent politicians, public figures, renowned businessmen, representatives of academic and cultural elite, students, schoolchildren and common Delhiites. Ambassador of Russia to India Alexander M.Kadakin was among guests of honour.
The music evening featured classical pieces by Western and Russian composers, popular folk songs in original arrangement, vocal and instrumental items. The audience warmly welcomed the laureates and prize-winners of many contests – Alexander Sarsenko (accordion), Andrey Baranenko (piano), Ekaterina Shulenkova (violin), Maria Galkina (vocalist) and Andrey Bobrov (vocalist).
In the framework of their concert tour sponsored by the state corporation “Russian Technologies” and Gazprombank, the artists will also perform at the official reception in the Russian Embassy in New Delhi on the occasion of the Day of Russia and at the solemn event in BrahMos Aerospace JV.