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Concert in Mumbai sets example of real cooperation in culture between India, Kazakhstan

Updated: Oct 02, 2016 13:23 IST

Mumbai [India], Oct.2 (ANI): The close bilateral cooperation between India and Kazakhstan in the fields of art and culture was recently visible when well known Kazakh violinist Marat Bizengaliev performed at a concert here to mark the 10th anniversary of the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI).

The concert was held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai on Friday, and included selections from western classical maestros like American composer and conductor Leonard Berstein, 19th century Austrian composer Johann Strauss II; 19th century French composer Alexandre Cesar Leopold Bizet and others.

Tickets for the concert were sold out a week in advance of the event, and the audience consisted of connoisseurs of classical music and others.

Kazakhstan's Ambassador to India, Bulat Sarsenbayev, who is also a connoisseur of classical music, said, " I was lucky enough to attend the concert of the Symphony Orchestra of India led by Kazakh musician Marat Bisengaliev . This is an example of real cooperation between Kazakhstan and India in the field of art and culture."

Earlier this week, the SOI also organized another concert that featured a young and rising star in the world of classical music -Sanzharali Kopbayev from Kazakhstan.

The SOI was founded in 2006 and Marat Bisengaliev is its music director. The Mumbai-based orchestra has performed in Moscow, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Zuricj, Geneva and St. Gallen. (ANI)