INDIA. New Delhi: The Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. On the occasion, a live piano and opera concert was organized in collaboration with The Neemrana Music Foundation. The concert was followed by a cake-cutting ceremony. As part of the concert, the solos were performed by Renie Mathew, Jateen Sharma, Shambhavi Mishra, and Akash Gadamsetty with Philippe Engel, Head of Music Department, The Neemrana Music Foundation, at the piano. Along with the solos, the young artists also performed alongside the world famous Italo-French soprano Harmonie Deschamps who excels in various repertoires, ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.
Speaking on the occasion, Vincenzo de Luca, the Ambassador of Italy to India said, “Today we celebrate 50 years of art and culture, 50 years of lifestyle events, and 50 years of fine Italian cuisine. Our Cultural Centre over the last 50 years has been a reference point for the cultural life in Delhi. We have worked closely with the cultural institutions of the city and the civil society since the inception.” Ambassador Vincenzo de Luca also thanked Dr. Andrea Baldi, Director of Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, for his remarkable contribution to the centre during his ongoing tenure while also extending his gratitude to all the previous directors.
Dr. Baldi, during his address, thanked Ambassador Vincenzo de Luca for his support to the Cultural Centre. “For us, this is a truly meaningful occasion. Not only it is the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Centre but it is also the first in person event organized by the Culture Centre after the outbreak of the pandemic apart from an event of cinema back in March this year. Furthermore, this event also marks the debut of our new piano. During the 50 year long period the Cultural Centre has been a major cultural hub in the city, operating in all sectors of cultural life and promoting the regional Italian languages and culture,” said Dr. Baldi while also acknowledging the contribution made by each and every director who came before him.
The Neemrana singers are a group of young artists from Delhi, who perform throughout the country and specialize in the genre of opera. They are trained to both sing and act. Opera Soprano Aude Priya Wacziarg, the Managing Trustee of The Neemrana Music Foundation, said, “Opera was born in Italy not 50 years ago but 500 years ago and we are greatly honored to be performing here tonight on the occasion of the Italian Cultural Centre’s 50th anniversary. We have a group of very dedicated young opera singers in Delhi who are learning opera and performing opera. The ones who are learning are doing just the choir tonight and the professionals are doing the solos.”