The traditional annual celebration of the Russian Folk Festival “Maslenitsa” was organised by the Indian Association of Russian Compatriots and Institute of Russian Language of the RCSC with the support of the Government of the Moscow and Russian Embassy at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi.
The central event of the colourful ceremony of saying farewell to winter and welcoming spring was the performance of the Russian ensemble Grad-Quartet from St. Petersburg, winner of many prestigious international and All-Russian competitions, winner of the Grand Prix of the international competition CITTA DI LANCIANO (Lanciano, Italy). In the best traditions of ensemble performance and tendencies of modern Russian musical culture, the team performed musical compositions of world popular, classical and opera music in their own arrangement using Russian folk instruments. Their fiery performance did not leave any of the guests indifferent.
The performance of Grad-Quartet was followed by an interesting creative program by students of the Russian Language Institute of the RCSC and other Delhi educational institutions who performed Russian folk and modern songs and dances in Russian national costumes.
Celebrations of Maslenitsa in accordance with Russian folk customs were accompanied by fascinating amusements: round dances, outdoor games - tug-of-war, a merry-go-round, cheerful folk songs and dances. The culmination of the festivities in the RCSC was the burning of the stuffed winter doll, symbolizing the triumph of spring, youth and beauty.
At the end of the program, the guests of the festival with great pleasure tried the traditional dishes of Russian cuisine – delicious pancakes, cakes with various fillings, as well as all kinds of sweet treats.