Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the organiser of Hindustani classical programmes, Surmandal presented the dance performance of Russian folk art by a famous dance group ‘Vainakh’ The dance group are the guardians of national Chechen folk art that is famous far beyond its homeland in the North Caucasus. Choreographers working with this dance team have studied folklore origins and made vibrant and holistic works based on organic fusion of traditions, music and dance having travelled a long creative path.
When Russians descended on Hyderabad stage
The program opened with “Daimohk” or “Homeland”. More than forty dancers trooped on stage to completely fill the space with vibrance. The men’s costumes were like caftans in white worn over black tunics ornamented and set off with a fur cap. Richly figured daggers of intricate pattern hung at waist. The women dancers wore costumes which strikingly resembled floor length medieval robes with a striking coif surrounding the face. Thus, European and Asian influences were exhibited. The ladies glided over the stage looking like the famous Russian dolls in an orange tinged glittering embroidered dress.
A mock battle was fought by medieval looking knights in armour to clashing sounds in a thrilling display of martial valour. The opportunity of witnessing such a large group was truly extraordinary and the artistes and their hosts deserve congratulations for the flawless way this cultural treat was staged for the benefit of our City. Russian Federation’s Ministry of Culture also assisted in arrangements as this ninety-minute show was a part of “Days of Russian Culture in India – 2018”.
BY Anna Rao