Indian Musical Instruments Gifting Ceremony
On Monday 19 April 2021, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted a solemn ceremony of gifting of the two Indian musical instruments by the delegation of the Consulate General of the Republic of India in St. Petersburg, headed by the Consul General of India Mr. Deepak Miglani. Both musical instruments were donated to our museum by the director of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center in Moscow Dr. Usha Radhakrishna, who is a major connoisseur of Indian music and art, and first visited the MAE RAS a few months ago.
Sitar is a stringed musical instrument invented in medieval India and widely used throughout the Indian subcontinent. The second musical instrument, tabla, consists of two small drums, slightly different in size and shape. Before the ceremony began, museum staff and guests of honor had the pleasure of listening to a recorded excerpt from the melodic traditional musical composition raga, performed on the sitar by the famous Indian musician Ravi Shankar.
The ceremony was held as part of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Independence Day of India that will take place next year. The Consul General in his speech emphasized the fact that the Consulate is very proud of its friendly and time-tested relationship with the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and, in particular, with its scholars-Indologists.
“This gift will remind us of the wonderful relationship that binds not only our institutions, but also our countries, Russia and India,” said Mr. Deepak Miglani. Director of the MAE RAS Dr. Andrei Golovnev and the head of the Department of South and South-West Asia Dr. Igor Kotin made grateful speeches, noting the importance of this valuable gift for the Museum and highly appreciating the cooperation of the MAE RAS with the Consulate General and the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center in Moscow.
You can watch the Indian Musical Instruments Gifting Ceremony on the official YouTube channel of the MAE RAS: