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Maya Plisetskaya

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088571

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088571.001.0001

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My Trip to India

My Trip to India

(p.131) Chapter Twenty-Three My Trip to India
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya describes her experience as a performer in India. In 1953, Maya was summoned to see Comrade N. N. Bespalov, who told her that she could be part of the performing group leaving on a two-month trip across India. When Joseph Stalin died, the militant partisan Boris Ponomarenko was appointed Minister of Culture. Maya needed two written recommendations from Party members in order to make the trip: Mikhail Gabovich and Olga Moiseyeva, a dancer in the corps de ballet, vouched for her. Maya and her group departed from Moscow in December, boarding a train to Vienna and another train to Rome before flying to Delhi (via Karachi). In India, they took part in concerts every day. The Indians were impressed by Maya's performance in the Dying Swan. Among her spectators were Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi.

Keywords:   ballet, India, N. N. Bespalov, Boris Ponomarenko, Rome, Dying Swan, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi

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