Performances by the Russian folk dance ensemble “Siberian patterns” (Novosibirsk) in Trivandrum and Nagarcoil held respectively on October 22 and 23 concluded the Fifth Himalayan expedition of young Russian artists in India, organized by Rossotrudnichestvo and the Assembly of achievements of continental cultures “Dostoyanie” with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
As a colorful addition to the dance programme there was displayed the art exhibition “From rhythms of time to treasures of space” comprising paintings by the winners of the painting contest held by Assembly “Dostoyanie”.
Performance of the “Siberian patterns” dance group in Trivandrum, held in one of the largest concert halls of the city – AKG Centre Hall and attended by more than 1300 spectators was dedicated to the closing ceremony of the Festival, marking the 1150th anniversary of the Slavic writing and culture, organized in South India on the initiative of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum and its director, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation Mr. Ratheesh Nair.
Government Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala Mrs. Rani George IAS inaugurated the function as the Chief Guest.
The performance in Trivandrum was followed by a special concert organized for Russian and Indian officials and experts of the Kudankulam NPP in Nagarcoil.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Georgy Goverlenko, acting head of the Russian specialists at the Kudankulam NPP thanked Rossotrudnichestvo, the Assembly “Dostoyanie” and the Russian Embassy in India for organizing the wonderful performance, particularly in the light of the successful completion of the KKNPP first unit construction. “We are more than happy to have this opportunity to see our national dance while we are so far away from Russia,” – he added.
Events organized in the framework of the Expedition caused great public interest in the various cities of India – from Himachal Pradesh in the north to Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the south, and were widely covered by the local and Russian media. Fifth Himalayan expedition of young Russian artists has once again proved that Indians are showing great interest in Russian culture and art.