The inaugural ceremony of the Festival of Russian Culture in India was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Mumbai on October 27, 2012.
Russian Consul-General in Mumbai Mr. A. A. Novikov addresses the gathering at the opening of the Festival of Russian Culture in India
The Festival will be continued in several cities including New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. The Russian artists will also perform at the International Arts Festival in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. A Gala Concert in New Delhi will wind up the Festival of Russian Culture.
Consul-General of Russia in Mumbai Mr. A. A. Novikov inaugurated the Festival on behalf of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to India H.E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin.
Consultant of the Department of Information Policy and International Relations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Russian Ministry of Culture, Member of the Russian Union of Composers, Ms. A.M. Tarakanova said at the ceremony that from now on the Festival of Russian Culture in India would be an annual feature.
The Russian Academic Youth Theater (Moscow) performs at the RCSC in Mumbai
The Director of RCSC in Mumbai Mr. V. V. Dementev and the Regional Director of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. D. M. Bhatt addressed the gathering.
The first part of the concert programme was a presentation by the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, based on the novels of Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Tolstoy.
In the second part, there was a performance by the State Dance Ensemble "Barinya" directed by E. N. Timokhina. Dances interspersed with Russian folk songs performed by E. Filippova and P.Zaharov.
As an integral part of the inaugural function, there was an exhibition "The image of India in the Russian theater", organized by the Bakhrushin State Museum of Theatrical Arts.
The State Dance Ensemble "Barinya" performs at the RCSC in Mumbai