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Theatre Performance of “Seagull” in Hindi at the RCSC A Theatre performance of “Seagull” in Hindi, based on eminent Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play on the same name was organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 26 and 27, 2012. The event was held under the joint auspices of the RCSC and the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs to mark the International Theatre Day. The play was presented by Saanjha Sapnaa, a group of art-enthusiasts committed to channelize social, cultural and educational change constituting a non-profit organization aimed at embarking a new horizon in the field of performing and visual arts. The play was designed and directed by Mr. Rakesh Raj. The cast included Nitika Arora, Lalit Sharma, Kunal Kumar Sinha, Anupurti Shrivastva, Swati Kapur, Arundhati Maiti Rawal, Tushal Dhaundiyal, Sunit Razdan and Tarun Dua. The Seagull is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major plays by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingénue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Treplev, and the famous middle-brow story-writer Trigorin. The Seagull relies upon an ensemble cast of diverse, fully-developed characters. In contrast to the melodrama of the mainstream theatre of the 19th century, lurid actions are not shown onstage. Characters tend to speak in ways that skirt around issues rather than addressing them directly. In other ways, their lines are full of what is known in dramatic practice as sub-text, or text that is not spoken aloud. When Constantin Stanislavski, the seminal Russian theatre practitioner of the time, directed it in 1898 for his Moscow Art Theatre, the play was a triumph. Stanislavski’s production of The Seagull became “one of the greatest events in the history of Russian theatre and one of the greatest new developments in the history of world drama”. The play is still popular with theatre directors in Russia and abroad.
 
 
 
26- 27 March
Theatre Performance of “Seagull” in Hindi at the RCSC

A Theatre performance of “Seagull” in Hindi, based on eminent Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play on the same name was organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 26 and 27, 2012. The event was held under the joint auspices of the RCSC and the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs to mark the International Theatre Day. more...

Photo Exhibition on BRICS Opened at RCSC A Photo Exhibition “BRICS Space”, dedicated to the BRICS Summit in New Delhi, was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 26, 2012. The exhibition depicted photos on previous BRICS summits, particularly on the meetings between leaders of the member-countries. The current IV BRICS summit will be one of the central evens in the international life in 2012. The key areas of focus include overall global economic situation, the after-effects of the financial crisis in the US and the EU zone, reforms of multilateral institutions and the possibility of setting up a Development Bank. Welcoming the gathering at the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that the exhibition assumed significance in respect of the forthcoming BRICS Summit, which will be held on March 28-29 in the Indian Capital. Referring to the vital importance of the BRICS, he noted that these five countries represented one-third of world’s population, and the main objective is the formation of a multi-polar system of international relations. Among Russia’s priorities for the Summit are coordination of positions among the BRICS members in the run-up to the G-20 Summit, global development and aid to the poorest countries, IMF reform, situation in Syria and Iran, energy security, etc.. After inaugurating the exhibition, Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, pointed out that the exhibition was well timed to go on with the BRICS Summit being organised in the Capital city. Underlining the specific feature of the summit, he said that it would enable leaders of the participating countries to have extensive meetings, interaction and exchange of ideas on crucial regional and international issues and problems that humanity encounters today.
 
 
 
26 March
Photo Exhibition on BRICS Opened at RCSC

A Photo Exhibition “BRICS Space”, dedicated to the BRICS Summit in New Delhi, was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 26, 2012. The exhibition depicted photos on previous BRICS summits, particularly on the meetings between leaders of the member-countries. The current IV BRICS summit will be one of the central evens in the international life in 2012. The key areas of focus include overall global economic situation, the after-effects of the financial crisis in the US and the EU zone, reforms of multilateral institutions and the possibility of setting up a Development Bank. more...

Seminar on Teaching Methods and Materials on Russian Language in New Delhi A Seminar on Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language in India and New Educational Materials, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), the Publishing House “Zlatoust” (St. Petersburg) and Moscow Government, was held at the RCSC in New Delhi on March 22--23, 2012. Side-by-side with the teachers’ training programme, negotiations between “Zlatoust” and Delhi publishing houses were held. Presently, “Goyal Publishers” and “Zlatoust” are working on the prospects of printing the “Way to Russia” Text Book in India. The participants comprised about 50 Russian language experts from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Himachal Pradesh University, Meerut University, etc. In her welcome remarks, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, dwelt upon the multifarious and diverse activities pertaining to the promotion of Russian language in India undertaken under the aegis of the RCSCs in different cities, particularly New Delhi. In the process, she referred to the assignment of Indian students to Russian universities, deputing school students of Russian language to attend the summer language camp “Moskoviya”, holding of Days of Russian Language, Literature and Culture, sending Indian teachers of Russian language for short-time training course in Russian universities, and emphasised the unavoidable partnership between Zlatoust and Indian publishers as an efficient measure in facilitating Russian language studies. In her observation, Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, spoke about the donation of textbooks and other teaching aids to various schools and universities in India under the Federal Pragramme “Russian Language”. President of INDAPRYAL, Prof. R. Kumar, in his remarks gave an account of the Russian language teaching in India since the pre-Independence days, and the levels of teaching of Russian language and literature in over 40 universities spread across India now. He further referred to the contemporary issues relating to joint preparation of course-materials, and stressed the need of exchange programmes between the universities of India and Russia. Mr. G. S. Golubev, Marketing Manager, the “Zlatoust” Publishing House, St. Petersburg, made a review on the variety of books on Russian language, which are now used in many countries of the world. Ms. Irina Alexandrova Gonchar, Ph. D, Associate Professor, Department of Russian Language for Foreigners, Faculty of Philology, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, conducted a workshop on listening competence and comprehension. Certificates of participation and text books were given to all the educators.
 
 
 
23 March
Seminar on Teaching Methods and Materials on Russian Language in New Delhi

A Seminar on Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language in India and New Educational Materials, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), the Publishing House “Zlatoust” (St. Petersburg) and Moscow Government, was held at the RCSC in New Delhi on March 22--23, 2012. Side-by-side with the teachers’ training programme, negotiations between “Zlatoust” and Delhi publishing houses were held. Presently, “Goyal Publishers” and “Zlatoust” are working on the prospects of printing the “Way to Russia” Text Book in India. more...

Painting Exhibition by Ekaterina Abromova Opened in New Delhi An Exhibition of Painting “Anahata with Russian Heart” by Russian artist Ekaterina Abramova was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 23, 2012. “The modern style artist”, Ekaterina Abramova practices painting and graphic arts in mixed technique and uses different materials. The exhibition will remain open till April 3, 2012 in the premises of the RCSC. The inaugural ceremony in which Mr. Paramjit Singh, Acting Chairman, All-Indian Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Dr. Sudhakar Sharma, Secretary, Lalit Kala Akademy, and Ms. Elizabeth Rogers, Art Curator and Historian, participated, was attended by art-lovers and artists. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest Mr. Paramjit Singh lauded the sincere efforts and commitment of the artist Ekaterina Abramova, who showed her sensitivity and sensibility in colour combination and choice of people and ambiance around wisely for her drawings mostly acrylic on canvas. He congratulated the organizers in bringing forward such rare works to the extreme interest of Indian audience, thereby strengthening Indo-Russian cultural tie-ups. In her welcome remarks, Ms. Yelana S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, noted that Ekaterina Abramova, who had different exhibitions to her credit in Russia and abroad, and with her art works in the private collections in many countries, takes the viewers and art-lovers to a distinct world of imagination through her magic stroke of brush on canvas. Making her observation, Ms. Elizabeth Rogers pointed out that in representing the real, in its direct portrayal of life and nature, as well as in its more symbolic state, the artist Ekaterina Abramova balances the oscillating paradigms of visual art. Her sojourns continue to unfold through her experiments and experiences, opening diverse windows into these different sensorial worlds, she added. Sharing her impressions, Ekaterina Abramova said that she took keen interest in portraying the images in the wake of drawing inspiration from both Indian life and Russian life, which are distinctly earmarked in over 45 paintings displayed at the exhibition. She described in minute detail the background of making each and every painting and graphic art adopting mixed technique and using different materials. She thanked the RCSC for making it possible for her art works to be exposed to a broad Indian cross-section.
 
 
 
23 March
Painting Exhibition by Ekaterina Abromova Opened in New Delhi

An Exhibition of Painting “Anahata with Russian Heart” by Russian artist Ekaterina Abramova was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 23, 2012. “The modern style artist”, Ekaterina Abramova practices painting and graphic arts in mixed technique and uses different materials. The exhibition will remain open till April 3, 2012 in the premises of the RCSC. more...

Exhibition by Students of Bluebells School International Opened at RCSC A two-day Exhibition of drawings and sculptures, entitled “Rapprochement of Cultures” by students of the Bluebells School International was inaugurated by eminent painter of international repute Mrs. Anjolie Ela Menon at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 16, 2012. The Exhibition, jointly organised by the RCSC and Bluebells School International, displays sketches, water colour and acrylic paintings on canvas, posters, photography by students from class three to 12 of the school. Ms. Suman Kumar, Principal, Bluebells School International, Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, participated in the inaugural ceremony. The large gathering consisted of teachers, students and their parents. After opening the exhibition, the Chief Guest Mrs. Anjolie Ela Menon, draw the portrait of an artist, and taking a tip from the magic stroke of her brush on canvas, a couple of students made their humble contribution on the same canvas. The Chief Guest while appreciating the excellent works of art of the budding artists, exhorted the students to have the sense of colour, imagination and devotion to devote their efforts in drawing sketches and paintings drawing inspiration from people, episodes and surroundings, etc., they come across in everyday life. Ms. Renu Kumar, Head of the English Department, Bluebells School International, thanked the Chief Guest for her gracious gesture in opening the Exhibition, and acknowledged the cooperation and support of the RCSC.
 
 
 
16 March
Award-Giving Ceremony of BRICS Youth Short Films Festival in New Delhi

A two-day Exhibition of drawings and sculptures, entitled “Rapprochement of Cultures” by students of the Bluebells School International was inaugurated by eminent painter of international repute Mrs. Anjolie Ela Menon at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 16, 2012. more...

Award-Giving Ceremony of BRICS Youth Short Films Festival in New Delhi Russia bagged the awards for the Best Feature Film (Ainur Askarov, Director--“Enmesh”), Best Documentary Film (Anton Tayshikhin, Director--“Pariah”), Best Animation Film (Mikhail Dvoryankin, Director--“Women’s Day Gift”), and the Best Actor-Male (a boy--“Enmesh”) at the four-day BRICS Youth Short Films Festival entitled “Film Dialogue--2012”. The award-giving ceremony was held on the concluding day at a colourful function at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 16, 2012. The film festival, jointly organised by the RCSC and the Citizens’ Film Forum (CFF) with the cooperation and support of the Embassies of Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa, received wide acclaim and good response. In all, the film festival successfully offered a forum for young film-makers from Russia and India to showcase their films and a rare opportunity for interaction and mutual understanding. In the first-time-ever film festival in the BRICS format, the young film-makers got a chance of having an international audience and a unique occasion to get their film selected by an International Jury. India won the awards under the categories of Best Director (Satish Chandrasekharan--“Satish Chandrasekharan’s Story”), Second Best Actor-Male (Raja, Actor--“White Dirt”), Best Actor-Female (Vaibhavi Pardeshi, Actress--“Vansh”), Second Best Actor-Female (Sonali Chalke, Actress--“Revolutionary”), Best Script (Swapnil Vichare, Santosh Subramanium—Script; Jugal Kishor Tayal—Director--“What is Sex”), Best Cameraman (Milind Jog—Camera; Ms. Reema Sengupta-- Director--“Tigers, They are all Dead”), Special Jury Recommendation (Kunal Suresh Walve--Director--“Photu”), Special Jury Recommendation (Mithunchandra Chaudhari-- Director--“Compulsory Hellmate”), Viewers’ Choice (Satish Chandrasekharan-- Director--“Satish Chandrasekharan’s Story”), Viewers’ Choice (Satyendra Pandey-- Director--“Just Another Love Story”), Viewers’ Choice Mrs. Reema Sengupta--Director--“Tigers, They are all Dead”), Viewers’ Choice (Ajit Ranjan--Director--“Parchhaai”), and Viewers’ Choice (Harkiran Kaur-- Director-- “Aashiyana”). Certificates of Appreciation were distributed to directors of all the films, which were screened at the festival. Making an overall assessment of the film festival, the Head of the Jury Mr. Sudhir Bose, Noted Film Critic and Lecturer, lauded the perception and imagination of the young film-makers, and congratulated their efforts. He, along with another Jury member Ms. Hema Odhav, First Secretary (Political Multilateral), South African High Commission in New Delhi, and Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, distributed the awards and certificates to prize-winners. Welcoming the gathering, Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhemedov, Deputy Director, RCSC, acknowledged the initiative and cooperation of the co-organizer Citizens’ Film Forum and extensive support provided by the Embassies of Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa to make the Film Festival a great success. Pointing out that the festival being organized on the eve of the forthcoming BRICS Summit, he noted that the RCSC is contemplating to make the festival an annual feature. Thanking the audience who recorded the viewers’ choice in the selection of the films, he appreciated the painstaking efforts taken by Jury Members, who were presented with momentos. The award-winning films were screened after the ceremony.
 
 
 
16 March
Award-Giving Ceremony of BRICS Youth Short Films Festival in New Delhi

Russia bagged the awards for the Best Feature Film (Ainur Askarov, Director--“Enmesh”), Best Documentary Film (Anton Tayshikhin, Director--“Pariah”), Best Animation Film (Mikhail Dvoryankin, Director--“Women’s Day Gift”), and the Best Actor-Male (a boy--“Enmesh”) at the four-day BRICS Youth Short Films Festival entitled “Film Dialogue--2012”. The award-giving ceremony was held on the concluding day at a colourful function at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 16, 2012. The film festival, jointly organised by the RCSC and the Citizens’ Film Forum (CFF) with the cooperation and support of the Embassies of Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa, received wide acclaim and good response. more...

Brics Youth Short Films Festival Opened in New Delhi The four-day BRICS Youth Short Films Festival, entitled “FILM DIALOGUE--2012, was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 13, 2012. The event is a festival-cum-competition of the youth short films, jointly organized by the RCSC and the Citizens’ Film Forum (CFF) with the support of the Embassies of Russia, Brazil, China and South Africa. The festival is timed to the BRICS Summit, which will take place in the Indian Capital on March 28-19, and is aimed at promoting the development of cultural ties between the participants of BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. After the inaugural ceremony, “Enmesh”, a short feature film from Russia, directed by Ainur Askarov, was screened. The award-giving ceremony will take place on March 16 at 6. 00 p.m. Underlining the significance of the film festival, Mr. S. M. Khan, Director-General, Doordarshan News, described its platform as a broad venue of soft diplomacy fulfilling the cultural tie-up, friendship and cooperation among nations. He lauded the achievements made in cinematography and film production by countries like Russia, China and India. Tracing the background of Indo-Russian bilateral cooperation in the field, he recalled the tremendous response witnessed among the Russian audience on Indian cinema during the Year of India in Russia. Earlier, welcoming the large gathering of young film-makers, diplomats, media, and others, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, noted that the festival is dedicated to the forthcoming BRICS Summit, in which Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev is participating. He also referred to the two important event taking place this year: 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India and the Festival of Russian Culture in India, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Pointing out that the RCSC is planning to make this film festival an annual feature, he added that the festival is aimed at encouraging young film-makers from the BRICS countries by providing them with a platform to showcase their films and to recognize their contributions by way of awards to the best-judged films and certificates to all film-makers, whose films are screened at the festival. The festival offers young film-makers a rare opportunity to get an exposure to an international audience and a chance to get selected by an international Jury, he concluded. Ms. Debora M. Balatseng, Minister-Plenipotentiary, South African High Commission in New Delhi, pointed out that the film festival would become a source of inspiration to young and emerging film-makers from the BRICS countries, and a real demonstration of the worth of partnership. “United in our diversity, we are able to contribute substantially to the growth and wider exposure of our young and sometimes under-represented film-makers, particularly in documentaries in the mainstream”, she said. Making his observation, Mr. Sergey V. Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that there is no wonder that India, the inheritor of a rich and varied heritage of art, is hosting this festival testifying to its belief in the universal notion of “Unity in Diversity”. “The festival gives us a rare opportunity to know and understand each other better as the films we will see in the course of the festival reflect the feelings, interests and public mood, common to our young people” he noted. He also emphasised that such cultural exchanges would help discover the inner source of each other’s cultural history, ethics and behavioural patterns. Making his momentous remarks, Mr. Thiago Poggio Padua, First Secretary, Press and Cultural Sections, Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi, underscored the importance of joint partnership in such a film festival in the context of the increasing cooperation in the BRICS format. Thanking the RCSC for the initiative taken in this regard, he called for more and more joint projects aimed at strengthening mutual friendship and understanding. Sharing his impressions, Mr. Zeng Yan, Cultural Officer, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, New Delhi, said that with BRICS Summit around the corner, the film festival is a good warm-up to enhance the understanding among the peoples of BRICS countries. He expressed the hope that the festival will successfully achieve its goal and contribute to the global understanding in the globalized world. Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, proposing a vote of thanks, acknowledged the cooperation and support of the RCSC and the Embassies of Russia, China, Brazil and South Africa, without which the festival would not have been materialised. The films being screened at the festival consist of documentaries, fiction and animated films, made from 2009 to 2012 by the directors under the age-group of 30 years. The Jury members will comprise representatives of the Embassies of Russia, Brazil, China, South Africa, as well as representative of the Indian film industry. The Committee of Representatives of the RCSC, New Delhi, as well as independent experts from the Federation of Film Societies of India has selected 29 films to be screened, four of which are Russian.
 
 
 
13 March
Brics Youth Short Films Festival Opened in New Delhi

The four-day BRICS Youth Short Films Festival, entitled “FILM DIALOGUE--2012, was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 13, 2012. The event is a festival-cum-competition of the youth short films, jointly organized by the RCSC and the Citizens’ Film Forum (CFF) with the support of the Embassies of Russia, Brazil, China and South Africa. The festival is timed to the BRICS Summit, which will take place in the Indian Capital on March 28-19, and is aimed at promoting the development of cultural ties between the participants of BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. more...

Exhibition ?f Graphic Works by the Kazakh Artist Leyla Mahat An Exhibition of Graphic Works by Ms. Leyla Mahat, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India and Contemporary Art Centre “KULANSHI” (Astana, Kazakhstan), was inaugurated at a colourful ceremony at the RCSC, 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on March 6, 2012. The exhibition will remain open from 10.00 a.m. to 7. 00 p. m. till March 9. Ms. Leyla Mahat is a Honoured Member of the Academy of Art, Prague, Czech Republic, Laureate of the European Art Union, Associate Professor, Faculty of Painting & Sculpture and Stage Design, Kazakh National University of Arts, Professor of the Kazakh-Russian University, Chair of Design, Astana, Kazakhstan, Winner of the Medal of Contribution to the Art in the name of Franz Kafka, Prague, Czech Republic. She has already organized exhibitions in Kazakhstan, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, Moldova, Great Britain, Netherlands, USA, Italy, France, Russia, China and India. Important dignitaries who made their gracious presence at the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition were H. E. Mr. Doulat Kuanyshev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India, H.E. Mr. Ashok Kumar Sharma, Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Dr. Rakesh Shankar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Galgotias University, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Ms. Nerupama Y. Modwel, Director, Intangible Cultural Heritage, and others. On the opening day, the exhibition was visited by the Ambassadors of Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan, Bhutan to India, senior diplomats from Belarus and Azerbaidjan as well as Indian dignitaries and government officials. H.E. Mr. Doulat Kuanyshev touching upon the cultural relations between his country and India laid stress on promoting cultural exchanges and interactions keeping in view to improving bilateral relations. He acknowledged the encouragement and support provided by the Head of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in displaying the exhibition. Ms. Leyla Mahat dwelt upon the inspiration drawn in her career as an artist and her experience in the field of graphic art. She thanked the organizers of the exhibition which enabled her to have large exposure.
 
 
 
6 March
Exhibition оf Graphic Works by the Kazakh Artist Leyla Mahat

An Exhibition of Graphic Works by Ms. Leyla Mahat, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India and Contemporary Art Centre “KULANSHI” (Astana, Kazakhstan), was inaugurated at a colourful ceremony at the RCSC, 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on March 6, 2012. The exhibition will remain open from 10.00 a.m. to 7. 00 p. m. till March 9. more...

Photo Exhibition on Valentina Tereshkova at RCSC A Photo Exhibition “Born to Fly: from Dreams to the Skies”, dedicated to the 75th Birth Anniversary of the World’s First Woman-Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on March 6, 2012. On the inaugural day, the exhibition was visited by the Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan, Bhutan to India, senior diplomats from Belarus and Azerbaidjan as well as Indian dignitaries and government officials. The exhibition depicting 60 photos on different facets of Valentina Tereshhova’s life, her landmark space odyssey and brilliant career is apt to be an inspiring factor for those who aspire to make a mark in space science as well as for millions of people around the world. The highlight of the exhibition is the photos recalling her nostalgic moments with India and its leaders. The participants at the inaugural ceremony comprised Air Marshal P.V.Athawale, Chief Controller, Defence Research and Development Organization Dr. K.D.Nayak, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Ms. Nerupama Y. Modwel, Indian Ambassador to Kazankhstan H.E. Mr. Ashok Kumar Sharma, Dr. Rakesh Shankar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Galgotias University, and others.
 
 
 
6 March
Photo Exhibition on Valentina Tereshkova at RCSC

A Photo Exhibition “Born to Fly: from Dreams to the Skies”, dedicated to the 75th Birth Anniversary of the World’s First Woman-Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on March 6, 2012. On the inaugural day, the exhibition was visited by the Ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan, Bhutan to India, senior diplomats from Belarus and Azerbaidjan as well as Indian dignitaries and government officials. more...

Seminar on International Information Security in New Delhi The two-day Indo-Russian International Scientific Seminar “Concept of Convention on International Information Security” organized at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on March 6, 2012 was kicked off with a call on safeguarding security on cyber space. The participants emphasised the need for developing the technology and effective cooperation among nations on measures to maintain security to information and communication thereby containing the menace of threats and violations to peace and human rights. The seminar was jointly organized by Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, Defence Research and Development Organization and Institute for Information Security Issues, Moscow State University. Making his keynote address, Dr. Col. Gen. (Retd.) Vladislav P. Sherstuyk, Head of the Russian delegation and Advisor to the Secretary of Security Council of the Russian Federation, Head Organizer of the International Information Security Research Consortium (IISRC), Director, Institute of Information Security Issues of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, noted that today the global community is in the phase of developing a political, legal and institutional framework for responding to security threats in the information and communication technologies domain, and stressed that the primary task is to consolidate the understanding of the information security issue in the minds of the global community and move with this political imperative towards specific proposals. Positive changes in our world are greatly detained by cyber crime, threats of cyber terrorism and hostile use of information and communication technologies. Russia believes it is time to start a comprehensive discussion of ways to build an international information security system, Dr. V. P. Sherstuyk pointed out. He also stressed the need for the development of a multi-lingual glossary of international information security terminology. In conclusion, he expressed the confidence that our joint efforts during the conference will contribute to a better mutual understanding of international information security problems. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that the objective of the seminar was the exchange and sharing of views on the Concept of Convention on International Information Security. Underlining the significant coincidence of the seminar, he referred to the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India, the forthcoming BRICS summit in New Delhi in which Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev is participating, and the Festival of Russian Culture in India being organized by the Minisry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The Head of the Indian delegation, Prof. S. V. Raghavan, Scientific Secretary to the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, while underscoring the crucial importance of the seminar said that maintaining cyber space is a dream of every nation today, and in this respect of containing the menace, consistent Indo-Russian cooperation is a considerable factor to reckon with. The international community has to address the problem of dealing with privacy, safety, human rights, etc., in its concern on information flow through policy, law, enforcement, etc. He hoped that the deliberations of the seminar will pave the way for evolving a code of conduct in this respect. Addressing the seminar, Mr. Denis Alipov, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that Russia was among the first to raise the issue of emerging challenges and threats to the global security and stability posed by the misuse of information and communication technologies in criminal, terrorist and military-political purposes, that became possible with the sweeping progress of cyber space and its growing impact on our daily life. Aimed at promoting awareness in the field of international information security, Russia, in 1998, initiated a draft resolution “Development in the field of information and communication in the context of international security” which was adopted by the UN General Assembly and afterwards became an annual exercise. Since then, the issue was anchored in the agenda of the UN, CE, OSCE, SCO, G-8, EU, OCST, APEC, ASEAN, ARF and many other dialogue forums and organizations, he added. The UN Group of Government Experts will consider the regulations of the draft Code of Conduct proposed by SCO member-states following the joint work of experts from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kirgizstan. The present focus of Russia’s efforts on the global stage is to prevent a new round of arms race in the sphere of information and communication technology, Mr. Alipov said. He hoped that the pragmatic ideas born out of the seminar will shape steps needed to be taken to develop a political, legal and institutional framework to effectively tackle threats to cyber security Dr. K.D. Nayak, Chief Controller, Defence Research and Development Organization, in his address, underlined the importance of security problem presently faced by cyber space, and specifically pointed out that DRDO is and will be contributing to make cyberspace safe for individuals and countries to work safely and would be marching ahead in the pursuit of excellence in Cyber security technologies and systems.
 
 
 
6 March
Seminar on International Information Security in New Delhi

The two-day Indo-Russian International Scientific Seminar “Concept of Convention on International Information Security” organized at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on March 6, 2012 was kicked off with a call on safeguarding security on cyber space. The participants emphasised the need for developing the technology and effective cooperation among nations on measures to maintain security to information and communication thereby containing the menace of threats and violations to peace and human rights. more...

Russian Language Books Gifted to Delhi University Under the Federal Target Programme “Russian Language”, a set of 100 Russian language text books were donated by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, to the Delhi University at a ceremony held there on March 1, 2012. Prof. Ranjana Saxena, Head of the Department, Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies, University of Delhi, received the books. The ceremony was timed to the International Conference “The Russian Word in n Inter-Cultural Context”, jointly organised by the Delhi University and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of the Founding of the Russian Language Department at the Prestigious Institution of Higher Educational in the capital of India. The two-day conference was attended by dozens of prominent scientists and public figures from India as well as from other countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Serbia, etc. The participants discussed issues on Russian language and literature, problems of translation of literature into Russian, the world-view of modern people through the prism of Russian cinema, etc. Professors of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University, V.V. Krasnyh, V.S. Elistratov read reports on “The Role of Cultural Research in the Study and Teaching of Russian Language” and “Modern Russian Speech”, which infused lively interest in the audience. Earlier, books, films and multi-media materials have also been presented to the School of Karad (Maharashtra), Kashmir University (J&K), University of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), University of Agra (Uttar Pradesh). Strengthening cultural and educational cooperation between Russia and India is in line with the promotion of Russian language abroad, as well as the comprehensive programme to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Establishing Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India. Learning of Russian language and literature in India began in 1946 when at the initiative of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, the Department of Russian Language was established at the University of Delhi. After some time, the teaching of Russian language spread throughout India.
 
 
 
1 March
Russian Language Books Gifted to Delhi University

Under the Federal Target Programme “Russian Language”, a set of 100 Russian language text books were donated by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi, to the Delhi University at a ceremony held there on March 1, 2012. Prof. Ranjana Saxena, Head of the Department, Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies, University of Delhi, received the books. more...

International Meet on Russian Factor in Central Asian Culture A two-day international Conference “The Russian Factor in Central Asian Culture” was organized as part of the University Grants Commission-sponsored project, entitled “Central Asia and its Neighbourhoods”, by the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, on February 28 and 29, 2012 with the cooperation and support of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Indian Council for Social Science Research, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, SUN Group and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in India. Prominent diplomats, eminent academics, scholars, writers, critics, editors, ethno-musicologists, art critics and film scholars from Eurasia and India took part in the two-day deliberations. Notable among the participants were Ambassador Mr. T.C.A. Rangachari, Mr. Ajay Bisaria, Joint Secretary, M.E.A., Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to India H.E. Mrs. Irina Orolbaeva, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.M. Rashid, , Prof. R. Kumar, Prof. Madhavan Palat, Prof. Abhai Maurya, Dr. Ranjana Saxena, and others. Russia and Central Asia share the same Eurasian landmass and have had centuries-long interactions. The nature of these interactions has changed with the course of history. The Tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet interactions have left a deep imprint on the Eurasian region. It was against this background that an international conference of such magnitude was organized to focus in detail on Central Asia and its relations with its most important neighbour, Russia. The conference proposed to examine the cultural, political and social effects of this exchange. Over the two days, the participants, eminent personalities in the field of history and international relations, analysed political discourses, social practices and cultural representations from Russia and Central Asia. In the process, the conference covered four major phases in the timeline of relations between Russia and Central Asia: pre-colonial encounters, colonial encounter, Soviet experience (post-October Revolution, during World War II, and post-War periods), and the post-Soviet period. Large historical events such as exile, evacuation, the Great Game, enlightenment project, etc., left their footprint on the cultural life of the people of Eurasia. The conference, in all, examined all these various aspects of the interaction in close-up.
 
 
 
28 - 29February
International Meet on Russian Factor in Central Asian Culture

A two-day international Conference “The Russian Factor in Central Asian Culture” was organized as part of the University Grants Commission-sponsored project, entitled “Central Asia and its Neighbourhoods”, by the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, on February 28 and 29, 2012 with the cooperation and support of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Indian Council for Social Science Research, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, SUN Group and the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in India. more...

The book on Medieval India by leading Russian scholar released in New Delhi Official release of the book by the leading Russian scientist Dr. Eugenia Vanina was held in New Delhi on February 28. "Medieval Indian Mindscapes - Space, Time, Society and Man" has been published in India by Primus Books, a well-known publishing house. The book centers on the world perception of the Indians in pre-colonial times, both in specific features of their "mental program" and its comparability with counterparts in other pre-modern societies. While analyzing the importance of space in the medieval worldview, the book discusses how medieval Indians comprehended their territories and the landscape as "their own" vis-à-vis the "alien" space; the development of territorial-cultural and territorial-political identities, and knowledge about other lands and peoples. In a discussion of medieval temporality, the book also studies the ways of perceiving the reckoning time, attitudes to the historic past and manyfold ways of recording it. Speaking at the ceremony of the book release, Prof. Kunal Chakrabarti of the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, noted the broad spectrum of scientific research conducted by Dr. Eugenia Vanina. In his opinion, "the book will be welcomed by the scientific community as well as the students of history".
 
 
 
28 February
The book on Medieval India by leading Russian scholar released in New Delhi

Official release of the book by the leading Russian scientist Dr. Eugenia Vanina was held in New Delhi on February 28. "Medieval Indian Mindscapes - Space, Time, Society and Man" has been published in India by Primus Books, a well-known publishing house. more...

REMARKS BY H.E. MR ALEXANDER KADAKIN, AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA TO INDIA, AT CEREMONY OF PRESENTING THE ORDER OF FRIENDSHIP TO MR DANDAPANI JAYAKANTHAN (Chennai) Esteemed Mr Dandapani Jayakanthan, Esteemed Mr Veeramani, Esteemed Mr V.Lakshminarayan, Dear Indian and Russian friends, At the outset let me confess that it is with great pleasure that I always visit the dynamically developing state of Tamil Nadu and its beautiful capital Chennai. As elsewhere in India, my country and me personally have many friends here. But it is also well known that South India holds a prominent place in the long story of friendly relations between our two nations. Another testimony to that is today’s meeting. On behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Dmitry Medvedev, I have the honour and pleasure to present the high Order of Friendship to a great friend of Russia, a renowned Tamil writer Mr Dandapani Jayakanthan. This Order was awarded to him by the Head of the Russian state for an invaluable contribution to fostering Russian-Indian amity and cultural ties between our countries. There is no need to dwell on Mr Jayakanthan’s merits as they are common knowledge. The founder and president of the Indian-Russian Culture and Friendship Society, one of the most outstanding modern Tamil writers, he has authored numerous popular stories, novels and film scripts. In his works Mr Jayakanthan has always championed the ideals of justice and equality, the rights of the working man. Himself in early days a simple worker, through his talent he managed to become a living classic, writing in his mother tongue – Tamil, one of the world’s most ancient and advanced languages with classic literature spanning over two thousand years. Its masterpieces have been translated and published in Russian. We are grateful to Mr Jayakanthan for promoting classic Russian literature in India. In particular, he has penned translation into Tamil of the oeuvre of our national genius – Alexander Pushkin. In turn, Jayakanthan’s works have been translated into Russian. It is not accidental that Chennai is home to the Jayakanthan-Pushkin Literature Club, as cultural and spiritual bonds are the strongest. They bring us closer to each other. Deep-rooted Russian-Indian friendship has withstood the test of time. This April, in the year of Russian Festival in India, we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and India. We have travelled a glorious journey ever since and have reached a unique level of a special and privileged strategic partnership. Importantly, Tamil Nadu’s place in boosting Russian-Indian cooperation is quite prominent. Since the visits to Madras of the Soviet leaders – Nikita Khrushev and Nikolai Bulganin in now distant 1955 and Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin in 1961 – there have been many landmark events in the history of our interaction with this region. In the 1960s and 70s the USSR assisted in building the Neyveli industrial complex with coal production, chemical manufacturing and oil refinery as well as the Mettur aluminum plant. Basing upon the achievements of the past, we follow up our cooperation at present and look into future with confidence. Russia participates in developing Tamil Nadu’s power sector, transport infrastructure and motor industry. It is of vital interest for the people of Tamil Nadu that the situation around Kudankulam nuclear power plant should be settled at the earliest and its two power units, designed and equipped with the most advanced and safest technologies in the world, should start producing electricity, so much needed for the state. Production of Kamaz heavy trucks of various models in Hosur is ever-expanding. Another major project is in the pipeline – metro construction in Chennai with 7 tunneled kilometers and 7 underground stations commissioned from the Russian company “Metrostroi”, which built the world-famous Moscow metro. I named here only a few projects of Russian-Indian cooperation in Tamil Nadu. Let me also mention the resumed sister-city contacts between Volgograd and Chennai. It is my pleasure to acknowledge that the Consulate General in Chennai, that will celebrate its 50th anniversary this June, plays a pivotal role in all these endeavours. Today Russia and India are actively working on various projects to broaden bilateral cooperation in all spheres, be it economy, trade, innovation technologies, space, nuclear energy, education, or culture. Together with India – one of the world’s largest economies and a superpower in the making – we are closely cooperating in the international arena, whether it is fight against terrorism, or struggle for a safer, more stable and just world order. In these noble and constructive endevours we rely on support from our long-standing and trusted friends, including Mr Jayakanthan-led Indian-Russian Culture and Friendship Society and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With such influential partners by our side, we can move mountains! On presenting this high award of Russia, I would like to wish you, dear friend, further success in the noble cause of promoting Russian-Indian amity, new creative achievements, sound health and prosperity, and well-being to the talented people of Tamil Nadu.
 
 
 
15 February
REMARKS BY H.E. MR ALEXANDER KADAKIN,
AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA TO INDIA,
AT CEREMONY OF PRESENTING THE ORDER OF FRIENDSHIP
TO MR DANDAPANI JAYAKANTHAN
(Chennai)

Esteemed Mr Dandapani Jayakanthan,
Esteemed Mr Veeramani,
Esteemed Mr V.Lakshminarayan,
Dear Indian and Russian friends,
At the outset let me confess that it is with great pleasure that I always visit the dynamically developing state of Tamil Nadu and its beautiful capital Chennai. As elsewhere in India, my country and me personally have many friends here. But it is also well known that South India holds a prominent place in the long story of friendly relations between our two nations. Another testimony to that is today’s meeting. On behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Dmitry Medvedev, I have the honour and pleasure to present the high Order of Friendship to a great friend of Russia, a renowned Tamil writer Mr Dandapani Jayakanthan. This Order was awarded to him by the Head of the Russian state for an invaluable contribution to fostering Russian-Indian amity and cultural ties between our countries.more...

Annual Get-Together of DAASAI at RCSC The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) together with the DAASAI (Delhi Alumni Association of Soviet/Russian Academic Institutions), organized the annual get-together of its members on February 11, 2012, which was replete with nostalgic memories of their life and studies in Russia and the period of career back home. The function took place with the participation of Prof. Shankar Basu, Centre of Russian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, President, DAASAI, Mr. Sergei Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Dr. Dmitry Chelyshev, Counsellor (Media & Culture), Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. T. Suresh Babu, Director (Eurasia Division), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan, Associate Professor, Dept. of Slavonic and Sinno-Ugrian Studies, Delhi University, Member of the Executive Committee of the DAASAI, and others. Welcoming the distinguished guests and members of the DAASAI, Prof. Shankar Basu exhorted the DAASAI fraternity to intensify and diversify the activities with more and more interactions. He acknowledged the support and cooperation extended by the RCSC and its Director for providing wonderful opportunity for the DAASAI to annually meet and share their experience and impressions. Felicitating the members of DAASAI, Dr. Dmitry Chelyshev commended their sincere efforts and initiatives of holding an annual convention in the best tradition, and establishing a unique bond of friendship thereby strengthening the everlasting relations between Russia and India. Mr. Amarjit S. Soni, who belonged to the first batch of Indian students in 1961 in engineering at the People’s Friendship University in Moscow, shared his impressions on his memorable stay and studies worth emulating, which sustained him as an inspiring factor in his professional career in India. Mr. Amarjit S. Soni has retired as Director (Operations) from the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd., India ONGC). He also served as Chairman of the Gas Authority of India (GAI). The official function was accompanied by a cultural programme by Russian and Indian artists: Nataliya Dits, Kriventsova Mariya, Akhmetova Galiya, Milovanova, Zebo Daulatova, Svelana, Irina Biryukova, Bahtiyorjon, Aigerim Ossipova, Bahtiyorjan, Bonu Tohir, Elisha Deep and Akhilesh Chaturvedi. The dance items presented by the artists comprised the traditional Uzbek, Tajik, Russian and Indian Kathak, and the audience was highly impressed with their performance.
 
 
 
11 February
Annual Get-Together of DAASAI at RCSC

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) together with the DAASAI (Delhi Alumni Association of Soviet/Russian Academic Institutions), organized the annual get-together of its members on February 11, 2012, which was replete with nostalgic memories of their life and studies in Russia and the period of career back home. more...

“The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” Staged at RCSC The Russian Centre of Science and Culture jointly with The Performers presented the play “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”, directed and performed by Munish Sharma, to the great appreciation of the audience at the RCSC, 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on February 10, 2012 at 6. 00 p.m. The authors of the play are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Camus, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde. Mr. Raja Vir Bhadra Singh, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Industries, Government of India, his wife Mrs. Pratibha Singh, Ex-M.P. (Lok Sabha), Dr. Sudhakar Sharma, Secretary, Lalit Kala Academy, Mrs. Devi Cherian, Socialite and Journalist, formed part of a large gathering. This piece of work, and not a play, as claimed by Munish Sharma, the Director, comprises two acts, the first one being a compiled work of four different philosophers, that is, Albert Camus, Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer and Oscar Wilde, adapted in a dialogue form. The second act is a short story “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” itself, written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The director prefers to call the first act a prologue followed by the story. The Performers Theatre Group, consisting of enthusiasts from theatre, fashion, film-making, animation and journalism , has the credit of presenting productions such as Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrasp”, Nikolay Gogol’s “A Madman’s Diary”. Kahlil Gibran’s “Poet of Balbbek”, Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden”, Miro Gavran’s “My Wife’s Husband”, and “Ek Andruni Maut”, written and directed by Munish Sharma himself. The director epitomises the philosophic concept of the play thus: Adam dreamed that he was a butterfly floating and fluttering around in the sky, gay and happy. And then he woke up and thought “was it Adam dreaming that he was a butterfly, or is it the butterfly dreaming that she is Adam?” A similar thought inspired the director to come up with this play. To dream, desire and to hope is not only human nature, but in fact it is that makes us human. Definition of right and wrong, moral and immoral has changed, and will always change with places and circumstances. Life can never be calculated with laws of mathematics or arithmetic. One cannot be sure of anything except the fact that there are and will always be unimaginable mysteries surrounding us. So the only thing we can do is to worry about the visible than the invisible. The director underlines that true mysteries of the world are in the visible and not the invisible. All we do is live in absolute ignorance, he observes. He has also included some of his personal writings and poems in this piece, which relate directly to the play. He hopes that the viewers will not only find impressions of these great people in this play, but also hear themselves talking out aloud and expressing those unexpressed feelings, which up till now were suppressed inside due to any weird reason.
 
 
 
10 February
“The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” Staged at RCSC

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture jointly with The Performers presented the play “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”, directed and performed by Munish Sharma, to the great appreciation of the audience at the RCSC, 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on February 10, 2012 at 6. 00 p.m. The authors of the play are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Camus, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde. more...

Days of Rusian Language, Literature & Culture at RCSC (Nine Indian schools plan to teach Russian) The annual two-day “Days of Russian Language, Literature & Culture”, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and Institute of Russian Language, was held in a festive atmosphere at 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on February 7 and 8, 2012. An important highlight of the event was the announcement made by Ms. Renu Mittal, Director of D. P. S. Society that the Russian language will be included in the curriculum of nine schools in the Indian capital and its suburbs. Introduced into the programme from the fourth to eighth grade (age-group 8—11), the course will be jointly developed by D.P.S. Society, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow), and the Representative office of ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO in India. In May 2012, teachers of foreign languages of the D.P.S. Society will study the Russian language and methods of teaching under the guidance of teachers of the RCSC in New Delhi. During the year, the RCSC in New Delhi will also hold a series of promotional and informational meetings with school children on Russia, Russian-Indian relations and the advantages of learning Russian. Russian language students from D.P.S. Dwarka, D.P.S. Indirapuram, D.P.S. Mathura Road, Bluebells International School, Springdales School, Pusa Road, and the Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, took part in the programme. In addition, the event was attended by representatives of four schools which are just planning to start teaching of the Russian language—D.P.S. Mathura Road, D.P.S. Noida, D.P.S. Greater Noida and D.P.S. Faridabad. In all, about 200 school and college students participated in the competition. Over 20 teachers from local schools and universities attended the event. The programme of the two-day festival comprised Olympiads on the Russian language, literature and culture, art and essay competitions, film screening, and a seminar for teachers of Russian language “Learning to Teach”. At the opening ceremony, everyone could take part in “public celebrations”: folk dances and fun competitions, as well as having tea with Russian pastry, jam and honey. The days ended with the awards-giving ceremony and a concert by students of the Institute of Russian Language, RCSC.
 
 
 
7 - 8 February
Days of Rusian Language, Literature & Culture at RCSC
(Nine Indian schools plan to teach Russian)

The annual two-day “Days of Russian Language, Literature & Culture”, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and Institute of Russian Language, was held in a festive atmosphere at 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on February 7 and 8, 2012. An important highlight of the event was the announcement made by Ms. Renu Mittal, Director of D. P. S. Society that the Russian language will be included in the curriculum of nine schools in the Indian capital and its suburbs. Introduced into the programme from the fourth to eighth grade (age-group 8—11), the course will be jointly developed by D.P.S. Society, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (Moscow), and the Representative office of ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO in India. more...

Contributions of Andrei Tarkovskiy Remembered at RCSC The significant contributions made by well-known Soviet and Russian film-maker Sergei Tarkovskiy to the world of cinematography were remembered and rich tributes paid to him by speakers at a function to mark his 80th birthday anniversary at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on January 27, 2012. The function comprised a discussion on the creative work of Andrei Tarkovskiy and the screening of his first feature film “Ivan’s Childhood” (1962), which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Andrei Tarkovskiy (April 4, 1932—December 29, 1986), a Soviet/ Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director, is widely regarded as one of the finest film-makes of the XX century. Apart from Ivan’s Childhood, his films include Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia and The Sacrifice. In his interesting observation, Mr. Saibal Chatterjee, a film and medic critic and a winner of National Award for the Best Writing on Cinema in 2003, underlined the technique uniquely adopted by Tarkovskiy in his films. He noted that Ivan’s Childhood had become a war film of great distinction, and turned out to be a film of the century. He used his camera genuinely so as to make his films as “poetry on celluloid”, he said, adding that Tarkovskiy kept purity all along in film-making. In her brilliant portrayal of Tarkovskiy’s impressive style of film-making, Dr. Rashmi Doraiswamy, Hon. Deputy Director of the Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, a recipient of the National Award for the Best Film Critic in 1995, pointed out that he belonged to a tradition of those who use consciousness, realism, spiritualism and mysticism. All his seven films will remain in the memory of people across the world for many years to come. She made a special mention of the dream sequences in “Ivan’s Childhood” structured discreetly, the panoramic views on flight scenes, use of sound wisely punctuated with symbolism, etc. Tarkovskiy conveyed his favourite message through his movies, she added. Throwing light on the universally recognised salient features of films made by Tarkovskiy, Mr. Alexander Antipin, Senior Correspondent of the ITAR-TASS News Agency in New Delhi, quoted Ingmar Bergman as saying that “Tarkovskiy for me is the greatest of us all, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream”. Making an analytical note on the in-depth phenomenon of Tarkovskiy’s film-making, Mr. S.S. Sharma, a film director and producer, Consultant of the Nabard Consultancy Services (Social, Rural Economic Development), and a Member of Citizens’ Film Forum, made a reference to the enormous awareness largely present in the globally-acclaimed Soviet/Russian film-maker. He said that Tarkovskiy inherited art and poetry from his parents, and his films are marked by memorable images of childhood.
 
 
 
27 January
Contributions of Andrei Tarkovskiy Remembered at RCSC

The significant contributions made by well-known Soviet and Russian film-maker Sergei Tarkovskiy to the world of cinematography were remembered and rich tributes paid to him by speakers at a function to mark his 80th birthday anniversary at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on January 27, 2012. The function comprised a discussion on the creative work of Andrei Tarkovskiy and the screening of his first feature film “Ivan’s Childhood” (1962), which was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. more...

Kathak Performance at RCSC to Mark Anniversary of Indian Republic Day The Russian Centre of Science and Culture presented a gala cultural programme entitled “Kathak without Borders” to mark the 63rd Anniversary of the Republic Day of India on January 25, 2012. The function was held within the framework of the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India. Literally, the cultural programme is a gift from the artists of CIS Countries to the people of India on the occasion of the two historic dates mentioned above. The participants were Pt. Kalinath Mishra, Pt. Rajendra Chaturvedi, Raksha Singh David, Svetlana Milovanova, Natalia Dits, Kriventsovea Mariya, Irina Biryukova, Elisha Deep, Galiya Akhmetova and Bahtiyorjon. Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Secretary and Mr. Sergei Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, formed part of the large gathering to witness the colourful function. The audience was overwhelmed by the spectacular presentation of Kathak dance numbers by the exponent Pt. Rajendra Chaturvedi accompanied by the amazing Tabla performance by Pt. Kalinath Mishra, one of the foremost table-players. The performance by Raksha Singh David, too, one of the promising Kathak dancers of the Indian Kathak scenario, was indeed memorable. Svetlana Milovanova, who learned Bharatnatyam from Akmaral Kainazarova and Kathak from Renu Bassi Kazakhistan, made the gathering spell-bound with her excellent performance. Natalia Dits who learnt Kathak in Russia under Guru Shri Ashwani Nigam, and presently in India through an ICCR scholarship showed her worth in Kathak. Kriventsova Mariya, learning under Guru Ram Mohan, and Irina Biryukova, now having training under Pt. Birju Maharaj, did justice to the art of Kathak with their momentous performance. Galia Akhmetova and Bahtiyorjon, who learnt Kathak in Kazakhistan and Uszbekistan, respectively, and now continuing to learn the art in India, proved their mettle through impressive performance.
 
 
 
25 January
Kathak Performance at RCSC to Mark Anniversary of Indian Republic Day

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture presented a gala cultural programme entitled “Kathak without Borders” to mark the 63rd Anniversary of the Republic Day of India on January 25, 2012. The function was held within the framework of the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India. Literally, the cultural programme is a gift from the artists of CIS Countries to the people of India on the occasion of the two historic dates mentioned above. more...

Solo Exhibition by Surjit Akre at RCSC The 56th Solo Exhibition entitled “Earthly Heaven” by noted Indian artist Surjit Akre was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on January 20, 2012. The exhibition which will continue till January 31, 2012, consists of 61 recent painting, oil on canvas on different themes. In the exhibition, the artist interprets her feelings of love to her motherland and her countrymen. Ms. Menaka Gandhi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), was the Chief Guest of the function, and Ms. Archana Shastri, Professor, Contemporary Indian Arts and Photography, Head of the Department of Kaladarshana, Indira Gandi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, - the Guest of Honour. In his welcome remarks, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that the exhibition assumes special dimension as it is being dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the erstwhile Soviet Union and Republic of India. This major painting exhibition organized at the RCSC is part of the series of important and interesting functions dedicated to this date. He said that later this year the people of India could witness the Festival of Russian Culture, being organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. It is significant that Surjit Akre has gifted some of her paintings to Madam Putina, First Lady of the Russian Federation, and Valentina Tereshkova, First Woman-Cosmonaut of the World, Mr. Rozovsiky added. Sharing her experience, Surjit Akre said that the present show depicts the love for Earth and its present life. As she says, “In Heaven we will not do all the things what we liked to do in this life, eat, drink, go to parties, play tennis, etc. Earth is so beautiful and I try to depict all the beauty in my canvases”. The inner life of a young woman, her desires and aspirations are well presented in her works. Young damsels, surrounded by serpents and a messenger-bird, representing life and hope, and the life a young woman within the four-walls of her house while she is busy with her creative act besides holding the moon in her hand all the time being in communication with her lover constitute her works. Surjit Akre, a fine artist with a sound academic training, has the honour to be the first Indian artist studied painting at the prestigious Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, St. Petersburg, Russia. She has displayed her works since 1985 onwards in group shows and solo shows at various galleries of Delhi and outside at national and international levels. These shows have always exposed her penchant for originally and innovation. She has used both compositional skill and textural qualities in her works, sometimes in romantic vein. Decorated with the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in St. Petersburg, she is the Founder President of the Indo-Russian Roerich’s Art Society affiliated to the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, New Delhi. In 2009, she was awarded the Pushkin Medal by the President of the Russian Federation.
 
 
 
20 January
Solo Exhibition by Surjit Akre at RCSC

The 56th Solo Exhibition entitled “Earthly Heaven” by noted Indian artist Surjit Akre was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on January 20, 2012. The exhibition which will continue till January 31, 2012, consists of 61 recent painting, oil on canvas on different themes. In the exhibition, the artist interprets her feelings of love to her motherland and her countrymen. Ms. Menaka Gandhi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), was the Chief Guest of the function, and Ms. Archana Shastri, Professor, Contemporary Indian Arts and Photography, Head of the Department of Kaladarshana, Indira Gandi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, - the Guest of Honour. more...

Concert by "DIXIELAND JAZZ GROUP" in New Delhi
A scintillating music performance was presented by the artists of Jazz Band "DIXIELAND GROUP" from Kaliningrad, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), New Delhi, on January 11,2012. The group comprising of Yuriy Tverdov (trombon player and band leader), Ivan Shevtsov (saxophonist), Viyacheslav Hundyakov (trumpeter), Alexandr Chaikin (keybord player), Yevgeniy Kalinin (bass-guitar player), Alexandr Polkovnikov (percussionist), Dmitry Sedov (vocalist), Veronika Skorohod (vocalist), Alisa Gracheva (vocalist) and Taisia Tverdova (administrator) performed a good range of jazz standards and worldwide rock-n-roll hits first released by various renowned names in the music world. Some of the musical numbers played by "DIXIELAND GROUP" were: "The girl from Ipanama" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Real love" by V.Obodzinskii, "Summer time" by Gershwin George, "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, Elvis Presley's sentimental ballad "Love me tender", Gloria Gaynors's signature song "I will survive" ,"Caravan" covered by countless jazz musicians including Duke Ellington , and etc. The performance was well attended and staggeringly enjoyed by many prominent Indian people of the capital city, and by the senior & young diplomatic fraternity based in Delhi including that of the Russian Embassy. The Group also presented a very popular Hindi Bollywood Song "Goron ki na Kalon ki, Ye Duniya hai Dilwalon ki" means "This world belongs neither to whites, nor to blacks, but to the people having lovely hearts" specially for Indian audience, but it was highly lauded by one and all. As this was the first cultural performance of the year 2012 at RCSC, while greeting the artists with a basket of flowers, the Director of RCSC Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy dedicated this performance to the forthcoming Festival of Russia in India, which will be celebrated later this year.
 
 
 
11 January
Concert by “DIXIELAND JAZZ GROUP” in New Delhi

A scintillating music performance was presented by the artists of Jazz Band “DIXIELAND GROUP” from Kaliningrad, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), New Delhi, on January 11,2012. more...