Cultural and Business Cooperation Between India and Bashkortostan; Theatre Ganga

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With inputs from Anna Tochilkina, Ufa
 

Republic of Bashkortostan is the largest republic in Russia with the population of 4.1 million. It is situated between River Volga and Ural mountains and is administered at the city of Ufa. With the ongoing efforts by India to strengthen ties with the regions of the Russian Federation, appreciable achievements have been accomplished to foster ties with the Republic of Bashkortostan.

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On 27th June 2013, the Embassy of India in Moscow organized presentation on Bashkortostan in the presence of Ambassador of India and all top leaders from the region. The event was organized to promote trade and economic cooperation and establish business contacts and networks between the people of India and Bashkortostan, Russia.

Two way trade between India and Bashkortostan has touched $250 million annually, which is already 1.25% of the bilateral trade target to be achieved between India and Russia by 2015. Two countries have been slow achieving this target as mainly the two governments are responsible for driving the trade. Therefore, the governments are playing the cultural card to generate interest among the people for each other and make business flow naturally.

India had a significant cultural influence on Soviet Union, which diminished after the collapse of the Union [Read More: Influence of Bollywood on former USSR and Russia]. To rejuvenate the cultural interest, two countries are working hard to give way to the stronger ties and collaboration in the future. A Qawwali Group toured Ufa in April 2012, a joint Bashkir-India concert was presented in Ufa in June 2012, a concert “Ticket to Bollywood” by an ICCR sponsored Group was held in Ufa in January, 2013, while JNCC Moscow had organized a Kathak Dance Workshop and dance concert in Ufa in March, 2013. [Source: Embassy of India in Moscow].

Kathak Master Raghav Raj Bhatt
Kathak Master Raghav Raj Bhatt
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In April 2013, Russian festival of Indian dance was held in the capital city of Ufa. Following which, Kathak Master Raghav Raj Bhatt organized Kathak dance classes in Ufa, which received a great response. On 9th and 10th September 2013, dance festival was organized by the Dance theatre Ganga of Ufa where renowned dancer Natalia Kaluzhina, student of Tatyana Ruzova from Moscow performed Indian classical dance Odissi along with Alfia Kuryaeva, Rozalina Sagdatova and Lilya Hafizova from the Ganga theatre, who performed Bharatnatyam and Kathak.

The World Reporter student journalist, Anna Tochilkina from Ufa made an exclusive photoset for the dance event. Below we are sharing with you some highlights of the event, better late than never.

India Ufa Classical Dance
Natalia Kaluzhina
India Ufa Classical Dance
Natalia Kaluzhina
India Ufa Classical Dance
Lilya Hafizova
India Ufa Classical Dance
Alfia Kuryaeva
India Ufa Classical Dance
Natalia Kaluzhina
India Ufa Classical Dance
Lilya Hafizova
India Ufa Classical Dance
Alfia Kuryaeva
India Ufa Classical Dance
Rozalina Sagdatova
India Ufa Classical Dance
Natalia Kaluzhina
India Ufa Classical Dance
Natalia Kaluzhina
India Ufa Classical Dance
Rozalina Sagdatova
India Ufa Classical Dance
Rozalina Sagdatova

On the same side-lines Sitar player Ustad Shujaat Husain khan will set the evening with Indian mood in Ufa on 19th October, making this year dedicated to India in Bashkortostan.

For the two countries like India and Russia who do not share common borders, language, ethnicity, culture and religion, it is important for them to create some kind of cultural and business ties up. Governments and geopolitics may change, but to ensure healthy relations we need to have more people to people contact through cultural and business exchange for better stability of economic and strategic relations in the future.

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Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of international students' journal, The World Reporter. Passionate about dynamic occurrence in geopolitics, Sanskar has been studying and analyzing geopolitcal events from early life. At present, Sanskar is a student at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and will be moving to Duke University.