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NEW DELHI, April 30 (Itar-Tass) — About 500 people gathered in the Indian capital’s biggest hall Kamani Auditorium on Sunday for the first night of Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet “The Stone Flower”. The two-act ballet had been staged by the School of Classical Russian Ballet working at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in New Delhi.
Children from more than five countries, including India and Russia, took part in the performance.
Sasha Shetty from India played the part of the Queen of the Copper Mountain. Young Indian actors also played the parts of stonecutter Danila and his bride Katerina.
“Today, the school has more than 150 children from Russia, India, the United States, Australia, Israel and other countries,” Galina Lyakhova, a choreographer from Volgograd who heads the school, told Itar-Tass.
“Nowadays, many Indians travel to other countries, discovering European culture. They like Western classical music and, consequently, ballet,” Lyakhova went on to say.
It has become a tradition with the school to stage a popular ballet at the end of each academic year. In recent years, the residents of the Indian capital have seen such masterpieces as “ The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn.
Galina Lyakhova is planning to stage her own ballet called “Masha and The Bear” to music by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.
“Russian ballet makes life interesting. It makes people feel things sharper. I think that ballet is a wonderful part of Russia. At least, it makes me feel so delighted, “Pankhuri Sharma, a ballet dancer, told Itar-Tass. She added she was so fond of dancing that she would like to link her future life with it.
The School of Classical Russian Ballet has been working at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in New Delhi since November 1982. Galina Lyakhova has been heading it for almost 12 years.
The first production of “The Stone Flower” ballet based on the Urals folk tales by Pavel Bazhov was staged at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatres in 1954.