Breathtaking photography and musical performance by Russian artists

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(photo: IO/Rimar)

IO – The Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Indonesia, in collaboration with the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University of Moscow, hosted a photo exhibition and musical performance in the Russian Center of Science and Culture. The event was carried out as part of a series of events commemorating 70 years of bilateral diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Indonesia.

Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Mrs Lyudmila Georgievna Vorobieva was present at the event. “We will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations on the 3rd of February next year but we have already started the series of events dedicated to this anniversary. Actually, this one is the second one because the first one was an exhibition of Islamic culture in Russia, held in Taman Mini,” said the ambassador.

“But this is a very different and very unique event, one that will comprise a delightful combination of visual and audio arts – and this is indeed a sample of Russian culture and work of talented Russian artists. What makes it even more interesting is that the photos by Mr. Sergey Kovalchuk cover Indonesia in the eyes of Russian artists,” she continued.

The photo exhibition was by Russian photographer Sergey Kovalchuk, and displayed pictures from his newest book “Indonesia. The Territory of Ancient Traditions”. Mr. Kovalchuk has already held four exhibitions showcasing photographs from his book, in the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, outside in the Russia Exhibition Center (VDNH), Krasnaya Presnya Park of Moscow during the annual Indonesia Festival, and the Alexander Garden of Saint Petersburg. The book contains photos representing Indonesian culture, from Independence Day celebrations to ancient traditions, such as bull racing and line dancing.

As for the musical performance, attendees were enchanted by beautiful melodies of top Russian guitarist Dmitry Maloletov, who mostly played his own compositions, merging classical, jazz, rock and folk music; he used his favorite method of guitar playing: tapping, which created the illusion of more than one guitarist being present. After playing a few songs, Mr. Maloletov invited his friend and renowned bass player Indro Hardjodikoro to play along for an impressive improv session and then to give a performance on his own. (Rimar)