The music-lovers of Delhi had the unique experience of a splendid Evening of Russian Classical Opera Singing by Soloists of the Gnesins’ Academy of Music (Moscow) at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi on June 6, 2012.
The musical evening, dedicated to the Day of Russian Language and the Birth Anniversary of the great Russian Poet Alexander Pushkin, left the elite gathering spell-bound with the performance of the Arias from the Opera “Eugene Onegin” and other vocal items based on A. Pushkin’s lyrics by the Russian artists.
The three-member Russian artists’ consisted of Ms. Nadezhda Kotnova (Piano artist), Ms. Elena Dyadyanova (Solo Academic Singing, Soprano) and Mr. Ilya Kutyukhin (Solo Academic Singing, Baritone).
Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, Prof. Abhai Maurya, former Vice Chancellor, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, and Dr. Dmitry Chelyshev, Counsellor, Media & Culture, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, attended the function.
The cerebrations on the Day of Russian Language took off earlier with the Floral Tribute at the monument to A. Pushkin at Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, followed by Pushkin’s Literary Carnival, Poetry Recitation by Russian children and Award-Giving Ceremony, jointly organised with the Institute of Russian Language. Teachers and students of the Institute of Russian Language as well as the Russian compatriots participated in the event. The winners received certificates and souvenirs.
Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information, RCSC), noted that in 2011, Russian President signed a Decree establishing the 6th of June-birthday of the great Russian Poet, founder of the modern Russian literary language, Alexander Pushkin, as the Day of Russian Language, which is now celebrated in Russia and by Russian compatriots abroad.
The highlights of the concerts were episodes from Petr Chaikovskiy’s best-known Operas “Eugine Onegin” and “Mazepa”, and A. Dargomyzhskiy’s Opera “Mermaid”. Arias of Tatiana and Eugine Onegin were performed by Elena Dyadyanova and Ilya Kutyukhin, accompanied by Nadezhda Kotnova. The programme also comprised the romantic songs “A magic moment I remember” and “Inezilia, I am here” by Mikhail Glinka, a lyrical song “When I hear your voice” by M. Balakirev, a romantic song “I wish I could put all my grief and sorrow in one word, and send it out with the wind”, by Petr Chaikovskiy, and other items.
From April 24 to June 6, 2012, a number of programmes, dedicated to the 213th Birth Anniversary of Alexander Pushkin, were organized by the RCSC such as Painting Exhibition, Lectures and Presentations, Exhibition of Drawings, and Screening of Films, based on A. Pushkin’s fairy tales. Over 200 participants from the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, DPS Dwarka, DPS Indirapuram, DPS Mathura Road, Bluebells School International, Springdales, Duala Kuan, Springdales, Pusa Road, etc.