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Czech Violinist and Singer Iva Bittova in India

Date: 24 July 2018 - 05 August 2018, Venue: New Delhi

On 24 July 2018 and 5 August 2018, two concerts of the Czech avant-garde violinist, singer and music composer Iva Bittova took place at the initiative of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi. The first concert was organized in cooperation with the Slovak Embassy in New Delhi and was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring. The second concert was held at the Bahai Cultural Centre in New Delhi.

The concert on July 24, 2018 was held as part of a series of events organized jointly by the diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in Delhi to commemorate the important anniversaries. This was the third event this year, with at least two more (including a joint reception for celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia) coming.

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Although the embassy usually organizes smaller cultural events in its premises, this time, and with regard to the political, social and spiritual dimension of the Prague Spring anniversary, it has decided to hold a concert in cooperation with the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India India) in the Bahá'í Auditorium (The House of Worship Information Center) in the immediate vicinity of the majestic Lotus Temple. The concert was attended by Czech and Slovak compatriots, representatives of Indian cultural and political life, representatives of the diplomatic corps, music experts and representatives of the Indian media.

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Although Iva Bittova's music requires a demanding listener, her concert met with a strong response among the listeners. That fact was confirmed by number of three hundred participants. The playfulness and rhythm of the compositions played that were close to traditional Radjasthan music mixed with other Indian directions called for a spontaneous response among Indian listeners.

On August 5, 2018, Iva Bittova performed at The Piano Man in Dillia's jazz club. The concert featured an hour-long music performance. Here, she also met with the positive reaction of both Indian and foreign audiences, with whom she had been discussing live after.

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