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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