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17 января / 2018

Traditional masquerade ball in New-Delhi

On January 12, 2018, the annual costumed Masquerade ball, devoted to the traditional celebration of Orthodox Christmas Day and the Old New Year, took place at the Russian Embassy in India. The function saw the presence of prominent Indian politicians and public figures, representatives of the scientific and cultural elite, diplomatic community, famous businessmen, political scientists, journalists, Russian studies lecturers from leading Indian universities, as well as staff members of Russian organizations and Russian compatriots living in New Delhi visited the ball among numerous guests.

At the main hall of the diplomatic mission, decorated with a Christmas tree from Moscow, the guests got together in bright costumes portraying various colourful characters: Andrei Bolkonsky, a French hussar, Moses, angels, fairies and a wandering dervish, musketeers, Sherlock Holmes, the boyars and maharajas, noblemen of the Victorian era and many others.

During this event Russian compatriots Irina Utkina and Aigul Apieva were awarded with honorary diplomas for their outstanding contribution to maintaining of Russian culture in India.

Indian businessman Harish Mathur, Ambassador of Brazil in India Tovar da Silva Nunes, as well as Military Attache of Greece Embassy in New Delhi Colonel Evangelos Tourvalis became prize-winners for the best costumes. Ambassador of Russia N.Kudashev and members of jury, namely the Ambassador of Kazakhstan B.Sarsenbaev and Vice-president of Observer Research Foundation N.Unnikrishnan handed the prizes to their winners.

The artists from Moscow “Oscar Jazz Band”, whose tour to India was sponsored by the Government of Moscow and Russian companies, contributed to the merry mood of the masquerade ball. The musicians skillfully performed famous songs and stirring dance tunes, but what really surprised the guests were music hits, sang in Hindi. The guests also could enjoy bright and colourful illumination at the Embassy’s garden, which painted the atmosphere of New Year holiday by myriads of lights.

Journalists of leading Indian mass media, who prepared colorful reports after, covered the masquerade in the Russian Embassy.