Delhiites, it is time to rediscover the romance of Russia that Bollywood once created soon after Independence. So from Russian theatre to ballet, you can catch them all in your city itself.
And all this, thanks to a protocol that was signed on Monday between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations [ICCR] and the Ministry of Russian Federation. As a result, a festival that will showcase Russian culture in India will be held later this month and will go on till early November. Not just Delhi, those living in Mumbai and Bangalore will also get a chance to be a part of this cultural extravaganza.
A total of 65 artistes and delegates will travel from Russia for the festival and they will be provided with hospitality by ICCR. A similar cultural programme will take place in Russia next year.
In India though, expect performances by soloists of the Bolshoi, Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg Folk ensemble Barynya, the troupe of the Russian Academic Youth Theatre and a photo exhibition.
The two-day festival in Delhi will see joint performances by folk dance ensemble Barynya and the State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT]. The next day, there will be a performance of Russian Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, St Petersburg.
Barynya originally is a Russian folk dance accompanied by music. The word barynya was used by simple folk as a form of addressing a woman of a higher class. The Barynya dance is an alternation of chastushkas and frenetic dancing. The dance doesn’t adhere to a choreography and consists mainly of fancy stomping and traditional Russian squatwork — knee bending. Go for this.
What: Barynya and State Academic Youth Theatre [RAMT]
When: 29 October
At: FICCI Auditorium,
What: Bolshoi Ballet and Marinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres
When: 1 November
At: Siri Fort Auditorium
Timings: 7 pm