Obraztsov Puppet Theatre from Moscow wins the Indian audience

Saturday, 06 December 2014 12:54

One of the most prestigious concert halls of the Indian capital – Kamani Auditorium – was literally stormed by a vast crowd of theatre lovers on 4 December. For the first time in last 25 years Moscow State Puppet Theatre named after Sergey Obraztsov has come to India in the framework of the Festival of Russian culture. Dilliwale were lucky to see the most famous performance of the 20th century, the Theatre’s flagship – "An Extraordinary Concert". The auditorium was overcrowded that evening - cultural and political elite, representatives of the diplomatic corps, families of Russian compatriots and many children of different age were sitting even on the floor in the aisles. The President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Professor Lokesh Chandra, and its General Director Satish Mehta were the Guests of Honour. Russian artists were really happy to see a very vivid and sincere perception of their performance by the audience. It was striking demonstration of the fact that the characters of "An Extraordinary Concert" have pushed back the boundaries of space and time. In the grand finale of the show, when the artists disclosed the secrets of their magic art, they were welcomed by a storm of applause. This amusing satirical puppet performance includes opera and musical comedy, ballet dances and circus, gipsy romances and Latin American songs. But the unsurpassed puppet master of ceremonies was without a rival. A unique multilingual, he is the best to joke on 24 languages and Hindi as well. During eighty years of its existence Obraztsov Puppet Theatre has turned into the biggest Centre and a unique Academy of Puppet Art, a Palace of Arts for children, youths and adults. The theatre is unique and has no analogies in the world. It is registered in well-known reference-books, dictionaries and encyclopedias including the famous book of Guinness and is known to be a national treasure of Russia.

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