A gala concert by Barnaul-based ensemble Larisa junior constituted the inauguration of the Federal Programme 2019 – Year of Theatre in Russia organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum on January 12, 2019. The classical dance based on the composition of Sergey Prokofiev and the dance items based on the poems of Sergei Esenin were the major attractions of the event. Dance Kalinka also attracted the large crowd.
Ms. Rani George, IAS, Secretary for Tourism and Culture, Government of Kerala, inaugurated the year-long Festival comprising different form of arts. In her address, Ms. Rani George said that the programme will provide a platform for showcasing various performing arts from Russia. She continued: “Russia is a treasure of theatre arts. That is the reason why the governments always give priority to these art forms. Anton Chekhov and Stanislavski in drama, Anna Pavlova in ballet, Tchaikovsky in symphony are Russia’s gifts to the world. I am happy that a Federal Programme of Russia is largely celebrated by the RCSC in Trivandrum”.
Mr. Dinendra Kashyap, IPS, Inspector-General of Police, Kerala Police, felicitated the members of the dance group.
Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the RCSC in Trivandrum Mr. Ratheesh C Nair presided over the inaugural ceremony of the Year of Theatre programmes in Kerala. In his address, Mr. Nair briefed the events, which are being organised as part of the programmes. He noted: “Russia’s commitment to the theatre art is famous. The Government spent more than 688 million US Dollars for the renovation of the Bolshoi theatre, which was re-opened in October 2011. We will have at least one function a month as part of the inauguration. These will include piano concert by Russian pianist, opera music, publication of the translation of Anton Chekhov drama, etc.”
The leader of the ensemble Ms. Larisa Lubovoi was honoured at the function.