At the festival, Indian students were putting on modern dances and music that was influenced by Bollywood. A number that featured a parade of students dressed in traditional Indian garb received a standing ovation from the audience. In the performance devoted to India’s national hero, Shivaji, the students also paid tribute to significant state figures. The crowd gave a heartfelt applause for an understudy march in customary Indian clothing.
India’s Totre Shweta Gautam, a sixth-year medical student at the Higher School of Medicine, says:
I got completely involved in the planning, and we put in a lot of effort to make the event stand out and colorful. The members gave the best exhibitions, and the Indian celebration of this current year was truly outstanding for me. The occasion has everything: classical dances, new pop songs, and old retro music.
Chacón Jacome Maria José, an Ecuadorian student enrolled in her second year at the Higher School of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication:
According to my perspective, the Indian Celebration was intriguing! Even though I didn’t understand the song’s words, I felt it when a young man sang a romantic song to me and I fell in love with his voice. I was most impressed by the Indian men who joyfully sang and danced to support the performers. Even if the program stays the same, I would still like to attend this festival again next year.
Understudies and staff of IKBFU, KSTU, F.F. Ushakov Maritime Foundation, agents of the Indian diaspora in the Kaliningrad area, as well as city occupants keen on Indian culture visited this occasion. Among the honorable visitors, there were Skipper Samir Mohan Sharma, Head of Maritime Creation in the Indian Naval force, an individual from the Indian Government as well as officials serving in Kaliningrad.
The concert was attended by 106 Indian students from IKBFU. While some students returned to the stage for the first time since the pandemic, for the majority of them, it was a triumphant return. The boys danced and sang Indian songs, including lavani and katak, as well as contemporary ones.
A gala ceremony for 26 sixth-year School of Medicine students, the first Indians to graduate from IKBFU’s General Medicine English course, was part of the program.
For context: IKBFU is home to more than 200 Indian students at this time.