On February 25, 2013, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture hosted the Closing Ceremony of the IV Indo-European Dance Festival (IEDF), organized jointly with the Alaknanda Institute of Performing Arts. It was the second time that the Institute staged its performance at the RCSC.
Russia was represented by the Round Dance by the students of the School of Russian Classical Ballet, RCSC, and the Sailors’ Dance by the students of the D.P.S. School, Dwarka.
The programme also included Kathak and Nritya Sangam (Kathak, Oddisi & Bharatnatyam) by the disciples of the Director and Kathak Guru Nrityashri Alaknanda and the Baroque Dance by Romana Agnel, a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher and art historian and founder of “Cracovia Danza”, the only professional Court Ballet in Poland.
A large gathering attended the programme. The colourful and brilliant performance highly impressed the large gathering.
The dignitaries, who attended the cultural event, consisted of Mr. Andrey Andreev, Deputy Director, RCSC, Pt. Rammohan Maharaj (Chief Guest-son of the late Padmasree Pt. Sambhu Maharaj) and Mr. P. K. Jain, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Nrityashri Alaknanda envisioned and organised the First IEDF in 2010 with a vision to introduce classical court dance styles of the world and strengthen cultural exchange of dance styles. The festival focuses on global harmony and friendship, bringing the artists from all over the globe to create a pulse of joy, love and peace.
And the current IV festival showcased the Baroque dance from Poland, Russian folk dance, and rich cultural heritage of our country representing through Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Rajasthani folk dance.
After the performance, the artists were felicitated by the dignitaries present at the function.