In 1987, in a remote town of Petrozavodsk of the North-West of Russia MAYURI, an Indian Dance Group was born. They amazed the citizens of the Karelian capital with their exotic costumes, unusual music and impressive grace and has been winning their hearts ever since. Mayuri’s founder and permanent leader, Vera Evgrafova, had been in love with the Indian art and culture since her childhood, and it is her love that gave the start to MAYURI.
The repertoire of the ensemble consists of more than 200 dances, various in style, themes and musical arrangement. These are both mass items (with 10 and more performers) and items presented by a fewer performers. There are pop-shows here, where modern rhythms are combined with the intricacy of the East melodies, as well as bright folk dances with their playfulness and simplicity in every movement. The ancient cultural legacy of India is also represented in the programs of the dance group: the majestic Bharat-Natyam with its sculptural poses and incredibly difficult rhythmic combinations and the light and graceful Kathak seem to enchant the audience that is looking for the answer to the questions of philosophy in the art of dance. Legends and myths, which are the base of classical Indian dances, represent the worldview of ancient people and their search for the meaning of life, and the unusual manner of singing seems to stop the rapid march of time and induces contemplation and reconciliation.
The main activity of Mayuri Group has been promoting Indian culture in the cold region of Karelia through teaching and performing Indian Dance. Apart from this Mayuri activities include dance choreography, Hindi lessons, learning Indian music, playing musical instruments, sewing costumes for dance, giving lectures on Indian mythology and culture, translating best Indian movies as well as Indian TV serials. Besides these, Mayuri also organizes different types of demonstrations such as fashion shows, demonstrating different types of Indian costumes, slideshows, and shows for charitable institutions and special lectures for children.
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I have watched almost all your videos and very much impressed b your dances flows like pure water in a rhythmic river.
Great work and excellent performances of Russians in Indian Art and Culture! I like Russia very much! Cheers!
Have you ever try the two dance form Kolinitrya and lavani (authentic) from Maharashtra , one of the state of india ? You surely like those…☺
Thank you very much for all your Indian Dances and videos! I am Rishi lives in Dallas Texas USA but born n brought up in India so definitely love Indian music n art particularly someone from Russia making this more great n flavourful..
I also wants to visit Russia to visit you all one day!
Indian community ought to be greatful to you all for unbelievable performance in every section of dance, music and singing, be it classical, folk, popular and everything else. Thank you. What more can I say?
Stunning performances and awesome grace!. Synchronized actions and beautiful costumes is what I liked especially. Surprising how well the group has learnt Indian dance as it is very different from western dance styles. Your passion is commendable. “Mayuri” should introduce itself to India within India and also in Bollywood. It also goes to show how Russians respect other cultures. Indians like Russia as well. Thank you Mayuri Group.
shocked!!!!!!!!!! you girls are awesome
Not shocked but dancing with joy!
Are you shocked? Or dancing with joy? Atleast use correct words.
Your choreography is excellent. all of you are amazing dancers!!!All the best. keep up good work.
when I was watching reknowned Kuchupudi dancer Manju Bhargavi’s dance videos on youtube yesterday, I found the performance of this group. Couldn’t believe that they are Russian women performing the dance on par with Indian trained dancers. I truly appreciate your dedication and keenness to learn this great dance. You are the excellent dancers !! I will follow you on facebook and youtube.
Truly amazing performance! Love you Russia.
Time is overdue to write exhaustve biography of the Founder/ Leader Vera Evgrafoa as well as Mayuri,The Organisation. I have gone through your website and looked it as an organisation like any other professionally managed one.It will be a great inspiration and motivation for millions and millions.I do not wish and is not possible to elaberate it further here. I am sure you will act on this promptly.
veraji ,there was a dance in old movie azad ‘aplam chaplam chaplai re’ which was perform by travancore sisters.this was a very difficult dance ,but i am sure your group can do this splendidly.you groups bollywood dances surpasses the originals without vulgariry.we,ordinary people of india,in my humble request,would like to know about every thing of your group in hindi as hindi is understood by billions of people in india.would you like ,in future, if i may comment in hindi?no one is capable to promote indian dance and culture as your group .wish i may visit russia and perticularly petrxavodsk;;hrudayse dhanyavad.