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Delhi gets a Russian cocktail of art and culture

art-and-culture Updated: Oct 20, 2012 15:10 IST

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Delhi will soon witness a series of Russian art and cultural performances as a part of the India-Russia cultural fiesta. Starting on October 24, the festival will also travel to Mumbai and Chennai.

The festival is a result of a protocol signed between both the countries. The pact was signed by Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) Director General Suresh Goel and Russian Deputy Minister of Cultural Relations A Busygin. “The Russian festival of culture is a response to the Indian artists and officials who visited Russia in 2011 for a similar festival,” says Goel.

The festival will bring to India soloists from the Bolshoi, Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg folk ensemble Barynya - the troupe of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre and a photography exhibition. It will end with a ballet gala at Siri Fort November 1.

ICCR will play hosts to 65 artists during the festival. “We will get several high quality groups from Russia. An exhibition of art and photographs is an important aspect of the festival because it will connect Russian art to the Roerich estate in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh,” says Goel. The Roerich estate has 8,000 artifacts, including 37 rare paintings by the Russian painter-thinker, who settled in India to paint Himalayan landscapes.

Catch it here
What: India Russia Cultural Fiesta
Performance dates: October 29 at FICCI auditorium, Tansen Marg, and November 1 at Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, Khel Gaon
Timing: 7pm onwards
Entry: Complimentary passes available at ICCR, Azad Bhavan