Kolkata, Chandigarh and Delhi to host Russian cultural extravaganza

The Gzhel Dance Theater will go on tour in the city of Chandigarh. Source: tm.guzei.com

The Gzhel Dance Theater will go on tour in the city of Chandigarh. Source: tm.guzei.com

Nearly 100 artists and performers from Russia will be coming to India for the Festival of Russian Culture.

A cultural extravaganza awaits Kolkata, Chandigarh and Kolkata, when several reputed Russian performers visit India for the Russian Cultural Festival in India. The performances will be held in the Indian cities between November 3 and December 22.

“Just for the festival, nearly 100 Russian artists will arrive to India, including performers from the Borodin String Quartet, the Gzhel Dance Theater, the Sergei Obraztsov Puppet Theatre, and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre,” Nana Mgeladze, Cultural Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in India told RIR.

The artists will perform at Siri Fort Auditorium, the leading concert hall of the Indian capital. Afterwards, the Gzhel Dance Theatre will go on tour in the city of Chandigarh, and the Borodin Quartet will visit Kolkata. “Later we will decide where the Sergei Obraztsov Puppet Theatre will tour,” she added.

The leaders of Russia and India agreed that every two years a festival of Russian culture will be held in India, and in Russia – a festival of Indian culture. The dates for the 2015 Festival of Indian Culture in Russia and who the festival program will feature are still under negotiation.

About the artists

Moscow State Puppet Theatre

Moscow State Puppet Theatre named after Sergey Obraztsov was founded September 16, 1931. The establisher of the theatre is the prominent Russian artist, actor, director, painter and writer - Sergey Obraztsov.

During eighty years of its existence the theatre has turned into the biggest centre of Puppet Art, a unique Academy of Puppet Art and Palace of Arts for children and adults. It is the only such recognized theatre in the world.

Sergey Obraztsov taught several generations of brilliant actors, directors, scene painters, artists and play writers of the puppet shows. All of them are working in hundreds of puppet theatres in Russia and other countries.

Gzhel Dance Theatre

The Gzhel theatre was founded by Russian Choreographer Vladimir Zakharov in 1988 in Moscow. Now it is the only one dancing group in the world performing three different types of professional ballet at the same time: folk dance, modern dance (music-hall) and classic ballet.

The theatre's costumes are unique and fantastic. They are created by the famous sewing workshops of the Bolshoi and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatres.

Gzhel gives many performances in Moscow at the stage of the best Russian capital's concert-halls, such as the Kremlin Palace Concert Hall and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Borodin Quartet

The Borodin Quartet was formed in 1945 by four students from the Moscow Conservatory. Ten years later, it changed its name from the Moscow Philharmonic Quartet to the present one. The current members of the Quartet are Ruben Aharonian, Sergey Lomovsky, Igor Naidin and Vladimir Balshin.

They will play the quartets of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Myaskovsky, Shostakovich – and of course Borodin and will play quintets with partners including Boris Berezovsky, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Ludmila Berlinskaia.

Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre was founded on May 12, 1945. By December 1963, having established a sound reputation, the theatre was awarded the honorary title of ‘Academic.’ About 350 premieres and capital reconstruction of classical productions (opera and ballet) were performed in the theatre between 1945 and 2003.

In 1998-99 the theatre was awarded the Theatre of the Year prize established by the Russian musical newspaper Musical Review. It also became a Laureate of The Window to Russia Prize as the best provincial theatre of Russia.

Schedule for the Russian Culture Festival in India:

November 3

Chandigarh – Performance by the Gzhel Dance Theatre (Russian folk dance).

November 5

New Delhi – The official opening ceremony of the Russian Culture Festival. Performance by the Gzhel Dance Theatre (Russian folk dance). Siri Fort Auditorium, 6:30 PM.

December 1

New Delhi – Performance by the Borodin String Quartet (classical music). Kamani Auditorium, 6:30 PM.

December 2

Kolkata – Performance by the Borodin String Quartet (classical music).

December 4

New Delhi  – Performance by the Moscow State Puppet Theatre (puppet theatre). Kamani Auditorium, 6:30 PM.

December 22

New Delhi – The official closing ceremony of the Russian Culture Festival. Performance by the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (ballet). Siri Fort Auditorium, 6:30 PM.

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