November in Delhi heralds the ‘event season’, as I like to call it! After enjoying my visit to the Cocktail Village over the weekend, I was invited to attend a Gala Concert by performers from Moscow, as part of the two-day festival “Days of Moscow in India 2019”. Read on to know about this interesting cultural experience.
DAYS OF MOSCOW IN DELHI:
Organised by Delhi Tourism, in collaboration with the Government of Moscow, this festival aimed to promote cooperative ties between the capitals of India and Russia.
“Days of Moscow is a comprehensive event aimed at deepening interaction between the two cities in the economic, cultural, sports, educational spheres, as well as in the field of urban development,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said (Source: Outlook India).
The festival included a cultural show, a movie screening, a business conference, a session of chess with a Russian grandmaster, and a speech by a Russian cosmonaut.
India and Russia have shared a strong bond since India’s independence, which has deepened over the years through economic investments and the exchange of technical expertise.
The Days of Moscow in India festival aims at further enhancing these bilateral ties.
The vocal group ‘Kvatro’ regaling us with their songs
THE CULTURAL PERFORMANCE:
The festival opened with a fabulous gala concert at the Siri Fort Auditorium on November 18. There were two main attractions – a musical performance by popular Russian vocal group “Kvatro”, and a stunning set of dances by the troupe “State Academic Choreographic Ensemble Berezka”.
Kvatro, a group of four classical singers, has been popularising and modernising classical music, since they came together in 2003. Delhi’s audience was delighted to hear their powerful vocals, and enjoyed watching their on-stage chemistry, as well as their ability to deliver soulful and foot-tapping numbers with equal ease.
Having set the tone for the evening, Kvatro made way for the talented dance troupe of the State Academic Choreographic Ensemble Berezka. The ensemble consisted of two groups, one of women and one of men, who performed nine traditional Russian dances over the course of an hour.
The female dancers moved with a fluid grace and were coordinated to perfection. Their beautiful appearances, costumes, and movements made them seem like Russian dolls. The elegant and classy female dancers were perfectly complimented by the highly energetic and acrobatic performances of the male dancers. These agile artistes performed amazing stunts on the dance floor without letting their smiles waver even for a moment!
The last two numbers were mixed group performances that were upbeat and fun to watch.
Directors N. Nadezhdina and M. Koltsova assembled a phenomenal cultural representation of their country through these dances. They were ably aided by a host of talented musicians and costume designers.
The audience at Siri Fort Auditorium consisted of varied age groups. There were contingents of school children, senior citizens and a multitude of international guests, and everyone hooted and applauded the wonderful performers.
The talented dancers from the Berezka group
THE ORGANISERS- DELHI TOURISM & THE GOVERNMENT OF MOSCOW:
Days of Moscow in India festival is the brainchild of Delhi Tourism and the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow. It was flagged off by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India, Nikolai Kudashev, and important dignitaries from the Tourism Department of the Delhi government.
I laud Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager (Public Relations and Publicity) Delhi Tourism on the well-organised execution of this exclusive cultural festival. Here’s hoping Delhi Tourism plans to endorse and organise more cultural events of this nature, both national and international.
Did you visit Days of Moscow in Delhi? If yes, what did you think of this festival? Let me know in the comments section below!
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I did not visit the event but through your post felt was a part of it. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for reading and appreciating!
This sounds like a colourful extravaganza. The dances from Russia are well known for their sheer grace and finesse. Nice to see this cultural showcase of Moscow right in Delhi. You must have had a great time.
Yes I certainly did!
It is a great delight to be part of such a happening event. I remember visiting a similar sort of event focussing Moscow long back as a child in Kolkata. Dont remember what it was about though.
It is always nice to witness a different culture in our own home cities!
Though I missed the event, through your detailed review I feel like being there. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you liked it
This seems like an interesting event where as one can know more about their culture and traditions .
Yes it was
Such cultural events are good to get together and know more about culture. I can see that the culture of Moscow is represented so well with your article.
Wow that look extravagant event, it seems you had a great time at cultural event.
Yes I did. Thank you.
Wow looks like Russian tourism is trying to make it’s Mark in India! Great event!
Yes and doing a good job so far!
This is such a unique event to know about each others culture. Glad you attended and enjoyed it.
Wow this is an awesome event and it’s great to know it’s been done in collaboration with Moscow government. I loved Moscow and it’s concealed lighting all over the city.
What a lovely cultural event. I’m sure it was informative and you had fun there. I love such arts and cultural events where you get to take a lot of information.
Looks like a great event. Must be a fun event to know things about Russian Culture.
Delhi has the best exhibitions and fairs and concerts like these. Mumbai is happening but I wish we had all of these cultural exchange conferences too. Lovely post describing the event.
So many beautiful performance by overseas artist at cultural fest Days of Moscow. Seems you have great time
Yes I did!
Is looks and sound so interesting I wish I had known about it and could have attended to I love attending cultural evening send just immersing myself in the experience of a different place a different culture different nation
Wow! Such cultural exchange programs are so important to strengthen international relations. Glad you had a great time there.
I so wish I could have attended the event. This looks super enchanting.
It was lovely!
Looks like you had a great time learning about the Russian culture. Russians are wonderful artists.
I love visiting such events and how I wish they do something like this in my city soon.