The Closing Ceremony of the 3rd Indo-European Dance Festival-2012 “Final Bow”, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Alaknanda Institute for Performing Arts, was held on April 01, 2012. The colourful and spectacular function was attended by a large gathering, mostly guests from foreign countries.
The function presented dances from Poland, Germany, France, India and Spain. The students of the School of Russian Classical Ballet of the RCSC also showed their achievement on this occasion.
The Chief of the function, Dr. Suresh K. Goel, Director-General, ICCR, could not participate, and in his absence, a message sent across by him was read out.
In her welcome remarks, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina. Deputy Director (Culture & Information), noted that such joint ventures involving artists from different counties would go a long way in strengthening multi-lateral cultural tie-ups. In this context, she referred to the decades-long cultural exchanges, joint programmes, etc., between Russia and India. Point out that this month we are going to mark the 65th Anniversary of Russian-Indian Diplomatic Relations, she expressed the view that it would be much appropriate to have such cultural events jointly organized with the mutual cooperation of ICCR, RCSC and Alaknanda Institute for Performing Arts on the sideline of this historic anniversary to the broader interest of the people.
The official function was followed by an impressive performance by the Hawaiian Guitarist Sir Gautam Dasgupta, followed by the momentous Kathak Dance performance by Nrityashri Alaknanda, noted Kathak Dancer & Art Motivator. The Bharatnatyam Dance by Magdalena Niernsee (Russia), Kathak Dance by Natalia Dits (Russia), Barooque Dance by Romana Agnel (Poland) and Renaissance Dance by Marie Claire Le Corre (Germany), Flamenco Dance by Paola Santa Cruz (Spain), received tremendous response with standing ovation from the audience.
The young talents and budding students artists from the School of Russian Classical Ballet showed their mettle.