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It is really possible? I would say no, because I also never heard anybody singing Russian songs with a greater expression than Russians themselves…
However I am not sure any more when it comes to Indian Arts, because they seem to be of a para-national character (due to their spiritual character? – I guess spirit is an international unity).
Since years I am very much interested in Indian Arts, which are incredibly beautiful and (alas!)still largely unknown in the West. I have seen many performances of Indian masters (vocal, instrumental and dance) live and on videos which gave me quite a feeling for this special art.
The other day I read in the RIAN Russian news about the Indian Dance Festival that has taken place in New Delhi this week: 6 artists from Japan, USA, France, Ukraine, South Corea and Croatia performed before Indian public their art of the Indian Classical Dance (different styles).
An artist who was interview I know personally and therefore my interest was drown to that article even more (an abstract translated by me): “Lena Lakshmi from Ukraine lives in India since 10 years and studies Indian Classical Dance kuchipudi in Chennai, South India. Lena referrers to the traditional Indian dance as an art, which is full of awareness and spirituality, compared to the Western Classical dance. Indian Arts are great and very deep. The Kuchipudi Dance is the worship of God, it is the Yoga – says Lena. She learned her first dance from a video tape while living in Ukraine. Her performance in Kiev that time was seen by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga. Shri Mataji was so much impressed by Lena`s dance that she invited her to study in the Dance Academy in India and paid for her studies. Lena Lakshmi believes that Indian dance is the union of music, dance and yoga. Foreign dances performed not worse than our Indians, noticed one festival guest -in fact, even better -they seem to have more dedication”.
Apart from Lena`s amazing performances I have seen several other non-Indian dancers (I wrote about Siddhi Bhasale here) of a high artistic standard. I used to think one has to be born Indian to be able to transfer all that deepness and sweetens of Indian art. However, the realm of spirituality seem to have no borders! The experience one gets through yoga allows to go beyond any cultural and religions differences and bring people together in admiration for the Creation, for the life itself. That is, I believe is the true meaning of arts.
P.S Another post on it (in Russian) here.