Republic of Kazakhstan celebrates Silver Jubilee of Independence
By Deepak Arora
NEW DELHI, Dec 4:
Kazakhstan celebrated 25th anniversary of Independence and the Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan here on Friday.
India's Youth and Sports Minister Vijay Goel was the chief guest at the reception held at the Imperial hotel here.
The visiting Kazakhstan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Akylbek Kamaldinov, who was in India on a working visit, also attened the reception.
In his opening speech, Kazakhstan Ambassador Bulat Sarsenbayev thanked the guests for attending the evening and mentioned the current high level of mutual understanding and the achievements in various fields of cooperation between Kazakhstan and India.
The Ambassador underlined India and Kazakhstan friendly relations and that the two countries have always supported each other.
“I am sure that our mutual efforts will be directed at boosting bilateral ties for the sake of prosperity of our peoples and countries, as well as peace, security and stability in the region,” said Ambassador Sarsenbayev.
The event was illuminated by the performance of the Symphony Orchestra of Almaty.
It was led by the outstanding Kazakh violinist Marat Bisengaliyev and well-known opera singer Oxana Davydenko,
They were especially invited by the Embassy in order to introduce Delhi audience to the classical music performed by the world level professionals.
On the following day, under the patronage of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India, a concert of soloists of the Symphony Orchestra of Almaty was held.
It was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan.
It was held at the hall of "The Umrao" hotel which seats 1,500 people.
The large gathering of audience, appreciated and lauded with loud applause the concerts.
The Ambassador said the visit of the delegation of the Almaty Symphony Orchestra, the excellent performance of its soloists and the world-famous stars allowed to show the level of cultural development of Kazakhstan.
He said it opened the new horizons for cooperation between the two countries the sphere of culture.
Apart from the Almaty Symphony Orchestra, internationally-renowned violinist Marat Bisengaliev is also the founding Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India - the first and only symphony orchestra in India. Its backbone of which consists of Kazakh musicians.
Among the guests, who attended the events, were well-known politicians and public figures like Lok Sabha MPs Virender Kashyap of BJP and Jayant Panda of BJD, former Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, heads of the diplomatic missions, representatives of business circles, mass media, as well as many classical music lovers of Delhi.