The international annual fair of traditional folk craft “Surajkund Mela” is famous not only as a crafts show but also as a vast open-air concert ground for many folk groups from India and abroad. This year groups from CIS countries – Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan – demonstrate their national art. Russia is represented by the troupe of the National puppet theatre of Bashkiria and the youth folk dance ensemble “Crystal” from the Republic of Tatarstan. It is for the first time that artisans of jewelry and fancy needlework from Kazan participate in the Festival.
The performers from Ufa show the fragments of three performances - “Ural Batyr” (based on an old Ural legend), “Panchatantra” and “The Indian legend”. Director Pavel Melnikov, who based it on the ancient Indian epos “Ramayana”, staged the last one in 1987. It was performed in India three times at various international festivals and got the International award of J.Nehru. More than 30 puppets were brought for the performance at “Surajkund Mela”. The visitors have a chance not only to see the amazing shows but also to participate in master classes of manipulation with different kinds of puppets held by the people’s artist of Russia and Bashkiria Ayrat Ahmetshin.
The artistic director of the youth folk dance group “Crystal” Svetlana Ishkuzina previously visited India together with her pupils: the child’s choreographic group “Happy Сhildhood” that successfully performed at “Surajkund Mela” in 2012.
Russian art groups will participate in the concert on the occasion of the Day of Russian Diplomatist at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi on February 11, and on February 13 – at the Annual students’ festival in the largest Indian private university Amiti University.