On January 13, 2015 the Russian Embassy hosted the 6th traditional fancy ball timed to the end of the Orthodox Christmas week and the Old New Year which coincided with the Indian Lohri Festival. According to Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin, this only shows how close the two nations are.
The carnival spirit yet again drew numerous friends of Russia in the Embassy’s hospitable halls. This year a 4-meter tall Christmas tree brought for this occasion from Russia as a gift from the Moscow town hall, saw a gathering of around 1000 guests in various costumes and national dresses at the Embassy’s White Hall.
The colourful and jolly celebrations were attended by influential statesmen and politicians, reputed public figures, businessmen, bohemians, and diplomats, including the heads of missions of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belorussia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Kuwait, Serbia, Turkmenistan, and many others. The reception also saw ministers, former ambassadors to Russia, MEA top brass.
The ball was flavoured by the performance of the outstanding jazz band from Moscow “Oscar Jazz”. Talented artists worked wonders playing both well-known Russian national tunes and international hits which made the guests break into a dance. Solo singer Ksenia Maya won the hearts of the public by the brilliant performance of popular Hindi songs Tere mere pyar ki charcha and Idhar chala, udhar chala.
Many guests gave free scope to their imagination while thoroughly preparing, sometimes even with the own hands, their costumes. That is why the independent Indian jury and Ambassador of Russia to India Alexander Kadakin had trouble in choosing the best male and female costumes – the king and the queen of the ball.
The first prize went to the Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Mr Denis Alipov for the costume of a brave Cossack. The first prize for the most elegant female attire went to Ms Tatiana Kutinova, Press attaché of the Russian Embassy, who outshined all other ladies in her moon masque and dainty beige evening gown.
The Christmas and New Year celebrations ended with fantastic fireworks on the Embassy’s lawns. By all accounts and judging by numerous media reports, the fancy ball was a true success.
New Delhi saw the revival of this ancient tradition in diplomatic circles in the early 2000s at the Russian Embassy. It has become a very popular social event in the life of India's capital.