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15 января

Traditional Masquerade Ball in New Delhi

On January 11, 2019, 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 numerous guests comprising of prominent Indian politicians and public figures, representatives of the scientific and cultural elite, diplomatic community, famous businessmen, experts, journalists, Russian studies lecturers from leading Indian universities, as well as staff members of Russian organizations and Russian compatriots living in New Delhi.
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: a pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, tsars and royals, a flamenco dancer, musicians of the Kiss music band, pirates and cowboys, Robin Hood. Many guests attended the ball in colorful Russian and Indian national dresses.
Members of the jury of the Best masquerade costume contest, namely Russian Ambassador to India H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, Chinese Ambassador to India H.E. Mr Luo Zhaohui and Co-chair of the international organization "Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia" Maj Dalbir Sing handed the prizes to the winners in three nominations: best male, female and couple costume.
The artists from Moscow “Lubo-Milo” folk music group, which tour to India was supported by the Government of Moscow and Russian companies, contributed to the merry mood of the masquerade ball. Talented young vocalists and musicians, laureates of numerous Russian and international competitions and festivals masterfully performed popular Russian folk and Cossack songs and such famous compositions as “Katyusha”, “Podmoskovniye Vechera”, “Kalinka” and “Lubo, brothers, lubo” carried the guests of the masquerade ball, who sang along with the artists with great pleasure, off their feet.
A real surprise for all the participants and the "gem" of the evening were dancing with the sabres and Russian vigorous folk group dance - khorovod.
The guests could also enjoy the bright colorful illumination in the Embassy's garden, which bloomed the fabulous atmosphere of the New Year holiday with the myriads of lights.
The masquerade at the Russian Embassy was covered by journalists from the leading media in India, who prepared colorful reports based on its results.