The fascinating performance by the Youth Folk Dance Ensemble “Kristall” from, Tatarstan (Russia) as well as the Puppet shows by Bashkir State Puppet Theatre from Ufa City (Russia) on “Indian Legends”, based on Ramayana, “Pancha Tantra” and “Ural Batyr” overwhelmed an elite Delhi audience at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi.
The programme, jointly organized with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, was to mark the Day of the Russian Diplomatist. Side by side with it, a Photo Exhibition “The History of Diplomatic Relations between Russian and India: 68 Years Later” was also on display.
Ms. Purnima Anand, President, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Ms. Nana M.Mgeladze, Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, were present on the occasion.
Svetlana Ishkuzina, Honoured Worker of Culture of Tatarstan Republic, is the Artistic Director of the youth and students ensemble of folk dances. The ensemble presented Tatar, Russian, Jewish, Bashkir, Gipsy, Ukrainian, and Moldavian dances. The smiles, enthusiasm, cheerful eyes, professional training, passionate desire to dance – all could be vividly seen at the concerts of the ensemble. They are the winners of several international festivals.
The ensemble marked its 25th anniversary in 2003.
Ilmar Almukhametov is the Artistic Director of the Bashkir State Puppet Theatre. Established in 1932, this is the only theatre group ever to win the Government of India’s National Award instituted in the name of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1988 for their brilliant performance on the “Indian Legend”. The performance of this theatre from Ufa City in Russia in this context is virtually symbolic in the sense that the City will be hosting the next BRICS Summit in July, 2015 at which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is participating.
Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, and Ms.Nana M.Mgeladze, Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, felicitated the artists towards the end of their performance.
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