On January 9, 2013 the Russian Embassy hosted a colourful and jolly fancy ball timed to the Orthodox Christmas. The masquerade has already become a traditional and sought-after event in the cultural and social life of the Indian capital.
The carnival spirit yet again drew numerous friends of Russia in the Embassy’s hospitable halls. This year a 5-meter tall Christmas tree brought for this occasion from Russia as a gift from the Moscow town hall, saw a gathering of around 1000 guests in various costumes and national dresses at the Embassy’s White Hall.
The celebrations were attended by influential statesmen and politicians, reputed public figures, businessmen, bohemians, and diplomats, including the heads of missions of Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belorussia, Iceland, Spain, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Macedonia, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Sri-Lanka and many others. The reception also saw Adviser to the Prime-Minister Mr T.K.A.Nair, ministers, former ambassadors to Russia, MEA top brass, including Mr Ajay Bisaria, Director of the Eurasia department.
The ball was flavoured by the performance of the wonderful band – the folk ensemble “Kupina” from Moscow. Famous psaltery players worked wonders playing on the ancient musical instruments both folk tunes and modern hits which made the guests break into a dance.
Many guests gave free scope to their imagination while thoroughly preparing, sometimes even with the own hands, their costumes.
That is why the independent jury comprising Dr Suresh Babu, Director, India’s MEA, H.E. Mr Gudmundur Eiriksson, Ambassador of Iceland to India, and H.E. Mr Alexander Kadakin, Head of the Russian mission, had trouble in choosing the best male and female costumes – the king and the queen of the ball.
The first prize for the most creative male costume went to Dr Akshay Soor, reputed Indian dentist, who arrived to the reception literally ahorseback – in a traditional Rajasthani costume depicting a raja riding a wooden horse almost in actual size.
Ms Christina Chehova, spouse of the official of the Russian company “Rostechnologii”, outshined all other ladies in her charming clown costume.
The Christmas and New Year celebrations ended with fantastic fireworks on the Embassy’s lawns. By all accounts and judging by numerous media reports, the fancy ball was a true success.