New Delhi, September 30, 2015
Dear Indian and Russian Friends and Jazz Lovers, It gives me immense pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all participants, organizers and guests of the Jazz Tour by Igor Butman & Oleg Akkuratov in Goa, Mumbai and New Delhi. The two of the most brilliant Russian jazzmen, they are known the world over as splendid musicians of highest professional order. A familiar and desired face in India, Igor has been championing a noble cause of helping young Indian artists and visually impaired students of music through workshops, organized by him under the motto “Made in Russia – pyaar se”. Mutual affection and spiritual affinity have always been at the core of special Russian-Indian relationship deeply rooted in historical, cultural and emotional ethos. May I wish every success to this Tour and heartily thank the partners of the Russian Embassy in this project, “Jazz Addicts” team from Mumbai, and sponsors for making this memorable extravaganza possible.
Alexander M. Kadakin