New Delhi explores Kazakh culture through concerts, exhibitions


New Delhi explores Kazakh culture through concerts, exhibitionsKazakhstan and India have always been maintaining friendly relations, sustaining bilateral and multilateral interaction and cooperation in political, economical, and cultural spheres.

As evidence of firm commitment to further consolidate this partnership, from May 11 till 13, for three days the capital of India, New Delhi hosted the Days of Kazakhstan Culture.

Allowing everyone interested to get more acquainted with the Kazakh culture, the programme of the event included expositions of unique exhibits of the Central Asian nation’s historic and modern art, and performances of leading orchestras and prominent artists at the best stages of New Delhi.

The official opening ceremony took place on May 11 and was attended by Kazakhstan’s Minister of Culture Mukhtar H.E. Mr. Kul-Mukhammed and Indian Minister of Culture and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation H.E. Mrs. Kumari Selja.

“Kazakh people have always appreciated and loved the Indian culture, stars of Indian music and cinema. And so this time we brought you some of those melodic works that reveal the past and present of the Kazakh music,” H.E. Mr. Kul-Mukhammed said at the ceremony.

As part of the programme, an exhibition of the Kazakh State Museum of Gold and Precious Metals and an art exhibition of the Kulanshi Contemporary Arts Centre were held at the Palace Hotel on May 11-13.

“The range of objects in the exhibition is very large covering metalware, armaments, precious metal articles and other objects of significance. This exhibition brings most unique exhibits from the Museum of the Gold of the Republic of Kazakhstan reflecting history and culture of the Kazakh people. Among them, the Saka warrior gold jewellery dating from the second half of the first millennium BC, as well as items of traditional armament and applied art of the Kazakhs from the end of the first century to the beginning of the 20th century and reconstruction of the warrior leader of the Saka period are of special importance,” Press Information Bureau of India cited H.E. Mrs. Minister Kumari Selja as saying at the opening ceremony.

Talking on the occasion, H.E. Mrs. Kumari Selja underlined that since the first years of Kazakhstan’s sovereignty and in order to promote cultural ties, an Indian Cultural Centre was established in the city of Almaty in 1994.

“The Centre is well equipped to impart training in Indian dances. It is also playing an important role in popularising Hindi in Kazakhstan by holding regular Hindi classes. This centre has also organised an exhibition ‘Kalpana’ comprising masterpiece collection of figurative Indian paintings in three important cities of Kazakhstan. I am told this exhibition was a great success there,” Selja said.

Furthermore, H.E. Mrs. Kumari Selja highlighted that assistance and organisation of cultural events and exhibitions between the two countries will go a long way in cementing mutual cultural relations. “It will also give an opportunity to the people of both countries to appreciate our rich cultural heritage,” she added.

On the same day, admirers of classical music could enjoy a concert of State Orchestra of Chamber Music Camerata Kazakhstan at the Indian Habitat Centre Concert Hall.

The tour’s pinnacle was a great Gala Concert with the participation of the renowned Kazakh singers held at one of Delhi’s prestigious concert halls Siri Fort Auditorium.

The list included Bukeikhan, Gulfairuz Kurmangozhayeva, laureates of the national and international contests Yerkin Shukmanov, Dilbar Burkhanov, Akmaral Kainazarova, Medet Chotabayev, Kumis Bazarbayeva, Serzhan Kaukov, Madina Baspayeva, Tair Gatauov and Azamat Zheltyrguzov. Gauhar Murzabekova performed The Four Seasons by Astor Piazzolla, and Nurjamal Usenbaeva won the audience by signing Indians songs of Raj Kapoor, Ichak Dana, Beechak Dana.

Finally, a concert of Otyrar sazy Orchestra conducted by Dinzuhra Tlendieva in Maneksha center, another prestigious concert hall on May 13 concluded the Days of Kazakhstan Culture,  Kazinform refers to the press service of the Kazakh Embassy in India.