Alexander Kononov - performer of the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam style, teacher and leader of online Indian dance school «INDIANclass».
From 1989 to 1995 worked in the Soviet-Indian Friendship Society (SIFS), Arkhangelsk region, which was then reorganized into the Russian-Indian Friendship Society.
In 1992 was elected as board member of the SIFS.
In 1993 elected as Vice-President of the Russian-Indian Friendship Society in the Arkhangelsk region. Over the years, has repeatedly been a delegate at the congress of the Central Board of SIFS in Moscow held in the House of Friendship.
Conducted work on the organization of Indian culture festivals and Indian dance competitions. Has participated in expeditions to remote places of the Arkhangelsk region, introducing Indian culture to local population.
In 1993 received first award for the first prize obtained in the International Competition of Indian dance in the "classical Indian dance" category. The competition has been held in the House of Friendship, Moscow. The prize was an interview with Alexander on the radio "Voice of Asia", which was broadcast in India and Pakistan. Since 2001 up to now he is undergoing training in Bharatanatyam classical dance style under guidance of the leading Moscow Bharatanatyam master - Irina Iskorostenskaya.
Yearly, from 2003 to 2007 to further improve his Bharatanatyam dance knowlage Alexander has been visited India for short advanced dance courses from leading Kalakshetra teachers – Jyolsana Menon and Nirmala Nagaraj.
He took part in numerous concerts, master classes and festivals in the different regions of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and India. He has organized few workshops and concerts of "Nritya Sabha" Foundation teachers.
In 2013 he founded first in Russia online Indian dance school - «INDIANclass».
Alexander Kononov is a member of the International Union of Journalists. His materials about the culture of India came out in the newspapers and on TV channels of Russia and the Republic of Belarus.
He was awarded by the Governments of the Republic of Mordovia, the Chechen Republic and the Republic of Dagestan.
In 2010 he was awarded the title "Honored Worker of the mass-media".