Friday, May 18, 2012

India at Moscow museum-hopping night

The Indian Embassy in Russia will for the first time take part in the Night at the Museum festival in Moscow as part of the ongoing celebrations of the 65 anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Night at the Museum, being held on May’s third weekend, is an international event in which nearly 200 museums in the Russian capital open all night free of charge for special tours, performances, concerts and master classes. 
Two premium Moscow museums will feature Indian programmes. The State Museum of Oriental Art is arranging a paintings exhibition, “Rickshaw Blues”, by Indian artist Manas Roy and Russian painter Alexander Tokarev, India film shows and an eastern bazaar with Indian dances, songs and music. The Glinka National Museum of Musical Culture will give performances of Indian classical dances and table music. 
Last month a festival of Indian films called Open India was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg to mark the diplomatic relations anniversary.
The Night at the Museum, which is hosted by more than 40 cities worldwide, is a huge hit with Russians. Last year half a million Muscovites took part in the event and this year the city government expects 700,000 to turn up.