The festival of Russian culture in India ended with the ballet the Nutcracker

NEW DELHI, Oct 25 — RIA Novosti. The festival of Russian culture in India ended on Tuesday with a performance in new Delhi the ballet “the Nutcracker” with the participation of artists of the Bolshoi theater.

The performance was held in the largest concert hall of the new Delhi Siri Fort in which through the ads in the local media was filled with almost all 2,5 thousand places. The soloist in this evening’s first soloist of the Bolshoi theatre, honoured artist of Russia Andrey Bolotin and artist of “Big” Diana Kosyreva, who performed, respectively, the Nutcracker and Marie. Just arrived in Delhi ballet group consisted of 30 people invited from various Russian theatres.

The presentation provoked a lively response in the unsophisticated classical ballet Indian public: the completion of each episode was followed by thunderous applause in the hall regularly flickering screens of smartphones, on which the Indians tried to capture what is happening on stage. A special delight of spectators was the Divertissement, in which Arabic, Chinese and Russian dance received the greatest share of applause, and the dance of snowflakes and, of course, the final.

At the end of the performance the audience gave the performers a standing ovation. On the stage stood the Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin and Minister of state for youth Affairs and sports Vijay Goel, to deliver flowers to the soloists. The Director of the Indian Council for cultural relations, Amarendra Khatua called the speech of Russian artists “the perfect end to the festival of Russian culture in India.”

Five cities and sold out

In turn, councillor for culture of the Russian Embassy in India Nana Mgeladze also drew a line under the Russian culture festival in India. Festivals of Russian and Indian culture are held annually, alternately taking each of their countries.

“All the interventions which took place in the framework of the festival of Russian culture, took place at a sold out, full houses,” said Mgeladze RIA Novosti.

She noted that the Russian teams just over a month (the festival started on September 23 with a presentation of the State chamber orchestra of jazz music named after Oleg Lundstrem in Kolkata) visited five Indian cities — Delhi, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Kullu, Mumbai.

“Directly in the Indian capital were four shows, the total number of arrivals of artists made up of 90 people. The most numerous from the point of view of the visits was the performance of the Pyatnitsky Choir at the International festival of folk dance at Kullu Dussehra, where there were about 5 thousand spectators”, — told Mgeladze.

The diplomat noted organizational support from the Indian Council for cultural relations and expressed hope for further attention from the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation to maintain interest in Russian culture and promoting the “soft power” of Russia.