“KALINKA” FROM RUSSIA OVERWHELMS DELHI PEOPLE

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The spectacular concert by “Kalinka”, the National Children’s Dance Ensemble from Moscow, Russia, overwhelmed the people of Delhi at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on October 29, 2018.

     The renowned dance ensemble “Kalinka” presented its colourful performance as part of the on-going Rosatom Festival of Science and Culture, an event, jointly organised by Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation in Nehru Centre, Mumbai, and RCSCs in Mumbai and New Delhi from October 24 to 29, 2018.

     The artists’ team is led by Artistic Director of “Kalinka” Ms. Natalya Levitskaya - Filippova.

     The legendary children’s folk dance group “Kalinka”, named after A.N. Filippov, was founded in 1968 in Moscow by one of the most famous children’s choreographers in the USSR – Alexander Filippov. More than 20, 000 children were trained in “Kalinka” in its 50 years’ existence. There are more than 150 items of the dances, including Russian folk, military and sport variety dances in the repertoire of “Kalinka Filippova”. Also, students of “Kalinka” are proud of its 3000 unique hand-sewn costumes. Today, “Kalinka” is the most famous Russian children’s folk dance groups in the world. “Kalinka” toured in 45 countries in four continents. This year is the 15th anniversary of the first “Kalinka” concert in India. In 2003, they performed in New Delhi. And this is the third edition of Rosatum Festival of Science. In 2016 and 2017, the event was held in Chennai and New Delhi, respectively.

     The most impressive dance numbers included Kazachok, Tembrels, Lozhkari, Yablochko, Nanai Dance, Kosajka, A Walk, Lasij dance, Kosari, Posidelki, Fair, Cocks and Kalinka, plus Once Kalinka. The dance Kalinka is the calling card of the ensemble Kalinka choreographic ensemble. Once-Kalinka is a specially written song for the leader of the ensemble, who has played in the finals of each solo concert since 2012.

     The Chief Guest Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President of INDAPRYAL, and Ms. Purnima Anand, President of International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, felicitated the artists and the leader.

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