The Festival of the Russian culture in India ended with a triumphant show of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in New Delhi.
The gala concert, hosted on December 22nd by the best metropolitan hall “Siri Fort Auditorium”, gathered more than one and a half thousand spectators. One of the most influential women politicians of India, Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla, Director General of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) Satish Mehta, Ambassador of Russia in India Alexander Kadakin, President of the International Roerich Center Alexander Losyukov (Moscow) and Director General of the Russian State Concert Corporation “Sodruzhestvo” Andrey Malyshev ranked among the distinguished guests. The ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Belarus and other countries, prominent Indian politicians, public and scientific figures, representatives of cultural elite, eminent businesspersons, active members of friendship societies and Russian compatriots were also present in the hall. Tens of seats were occupied by students of the Russian Ballet School under the Russian Scientific and Cultural Center in New Delhi. The program featured the most beautiful parts of two Ludwig Minkus’s ballets “The Bayadère” with mesmerizing scene “The Shades” and “Paquita” with splendid Grand Pas in the choreography of renown Russian master Marius Petipa. The leading parts were performed by soloists Vera Sabantseva and Anna Odintsova of the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. International ballet star Sergey Polunin, multiple winner of international contests and the International Theatre festival “Golden Mask” awardee, rightfully enjoyed his share of rapturous applause. In the final, the enthusiastic audience showed their gratitude to artists by “Bravo” exclamations and long warm ovations.
In a conversation with journalists Sergey Polunin confided that though he visited India for the first time, he had very warm impressions connected with this country. “The thing is that the first dance which remained as a flashbulb memory of my childhood was from the Indian movie “Disco Dancer” which was popular in Russia - he told. – I was five years old then, but I’m still in love with Bollywood”. According to Satish Mehta, “The Russian festival was, for sure, the most memorable and visited cultural event of the year”. As he stated, “We are glad that the rich festival programme was crowned with such majestic performance of a famous Russian ballet, known to and appreciated by all Indian art connoisseurs. On behalf of the ICCR and all those happy enough to see the concert I would like to express gratitude to the organizers of the tour and the Siberian performers for this unforgettable gift”. The Festival of the Russian culture in India began on 5th November with the performance of Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre “Gzhel”. The Borodin Quartet with the program of classic music and the Sergey Obraztsov Puppet Theatre with the unfading show “Unusual concert” also performed in New Delhi and other Indian cities during the festival. The response Festival of the Indian culture is to be held in Russia in the coming year 2015.