Chennai: “It was all fun and a grand stage for us to perform before an international audience. The programme gave us a chance to meet students of other countries, mingle with them, understand the culturally plural world, learn the art and more over improve our confidence level,” said Rajesh Viswa Sudhan, Pavithra Anup and Nishchita Bandekar – students of Atomic Energy Central School, Kudankulam.
They have returned to India after showcasing their talents in `Nuclear Kids’ musical extravaganza organised by The Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, ‘Rosatom’, in Russia and Hungary in which 79 kids from different countries took part.
Addressing mediapersons in the city recently, they said, “While we have not had the opportunity to tour our own country, a visit to Russia and Hungary was really an exhilarating experience and helped us think better and set bigger goals for our future.”
Rosatom South Asia CEO Andrey Shevlyakov said this year the 10th anniversary of the Nuclear Kids project was celebrated.
“The children from India are natural at singing and dancing and unbelievably creative. They proved their talent this time, too,” he added.
After nearly a month-long rehearsal in Hungary along with children from Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the United Kingdom, the students of Kudankulam performed in the premiere show on 4 August in the city of Szekszárd (Hungary) that was followed by guest performances in Russia, including Moscow, Ekaterinburg and other cities.
Titled ‘The Lomonosov’s Scroll’, this year’s Nuclear Kids Musical was energised by famous musicians and music directors from Russia, a movie was shot on the basis of the performance.
This year’s performance marked the tribute to Mikhail Lomonosov, a prominent Russian scientist of the 18th century who influenced the formation of the modern Russian literary language and established the first Russian university, later named after him as Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Children of Kudankulam School have participated in the programme four times in the past in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2017.