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Main | Archive | Issue 1/2007

The Classics is Indian, but the Dancers are Russian
Column: The Arts



There was a performance of classical Indian dance in the Hermitage Theater. It was organized by the Embassy of India, the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center (JNCC) and the Nritya Sabha fund, which unites performers of classical dances who do performances and teach dance classes in different countries, including Russia. The most talented students get an opportunity to perfect their mastery of classical Indian dance in India itself. They were the ones who performed that evening. The dancers included Eleonora Margolina, Dmitry Zmeev, Nadezhda Kovriga, Natalya Ivanova and others-all of them first studied in the dance studios of JNCC and then traveled to Delhi and Chinnai to train at Indian dance centers. The main number in the program- the ballet Das avatar-told the story of the 10 transformations of the great deity Vishnu, who comes to Earth whenever Evil starts triumphing over Good and its necessary to restore order and justice. Opening the evening, the Indian Ambassador Kanwal Sibal noted the ethical and aesthetic importance of classical art in bringing up children.



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