A colourful and spectacular Classical Ballet Show by the Moscow State Academic Theatre of Dance “Gzhel” received a spontaneous and overwhelming response from the elite gathering. The Ballet evening was jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India on April 18 to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India.
The magnificent cultural programme by the first-ever performance of “Gzhel” in India, held in the Capital to celebrate a landmark day in the history of Russian-Indian relation, was attended by Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Head, RCSC, Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-Indian Congress Committee, Mr. Sergy Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, and a cross-section of Delhi audience.
In her welcome remarks, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, noted that “Gzhel” is the only dancing group in the world, which works in three different dance spheres: folk dance, modern dance and classical ballet. “Gzhel” was founded by Vladimir Zakharov in 1988. The theatre has travelled over 60 countries of the world, and it was given a rejoicing welcome everywhere.
The programme was held in the gracious presence of the Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of “Gzhel”, People’s Artist of Russia, Ph. D in Cultural Studies, Permyakova, and Music & Sound Engineer, Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Winner of the Russian Government Award, Oleg Kochetov.
The programme was divided into two parts. The artists brilliantly performed episodes from the ballets Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Illusive Ball, etc. The audience gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance. The artists consisted of Koloskova Nina, Anastasia Ershova, Elizaveta Nazimova, Ekaterina Kondratieva, Elena Savelieva, Dmitriy Kirilin, Natalia Nechaeva, Alexander Smolyaninov, Anastasia Afanasyeva, Varvara Prokhorenko, Sergey Belomysov and Mikhail Lebedev. Most of them are laureates of international contests.
The Russian artists were jointly felicitated by Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Head of RCSC, Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, and Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
On April 17, 2012, “Gzhel” performed at the reception in the Russian Embassy in New Delhi. On April 20, 2012, the Russian artists will give a concert at the RCSC in Mumbai.