A splendid performance by the world known Borodin Quartet in New Delhi on December 1 was one in the series of events in the framework of the Festival of Russian culture in India. The renowned string ensemble was warmly welcomed by hundreds of classical music lovers in one of the most prestigious concert halls of the Indian capital – Kamani Auditorium. The Ambassador of Russia in India H.E. Mr. Alexander M.Kadakin, high-ranking officials from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, cultural elite and representatives of the diplomatic corps were among the distinguished guests. On the eve of its 70th concert season the quartet presented to the Indian audience an extraordinary expressive performance. The programme included the works by D.Shostakovich who played a very special role in the ensemble’s creative life – for thirty years he personally supervised its study of each of his quartets. Musical compositions by P.Tchaikivsky, A.Borodin, N.Myaskovsky were also performed. The members of the famous quartet – Ruben Aharonian (first violin), Sergey Lomonovsky (second violin), Igor Naydin (alto) and Vladimir Balshin (cello) played in Kolkata as well. The Borodin Quartet takes a special position in the world of chamber music. During more than 60 years of its existence it has preserved a unique performance tradition, focusing on the masterpieces at the very heart of the quartet repertoire. The musicians have been performed all over the globe. The Borodin Quartet has produced a rich heritage of recordings over several decades and is famous as one the best and the oldest string quartets in the world. The Festival of Russian culture in India, dedicated to the official visit of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir V. Putin, was inaugurated on November 5 by a bright concert of Moscow State Academic Theatre of dance "Gzhel". Next will be the performance by Moscow State Puppet Theatre named after Sergey Obraztsov. New Delhi and Jaipur will enjoy its fadeless "An extraordinary concert". The Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre gala concert in New Delhi on December 22 will crown the Festival programme.