Cultural functions to mark Russian National Day at RCSC

Monday, 20 June 2011 04:14

      A function to mark the National Day of Russia, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists and International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, was held on June 15, 2011. The function comprised the inauguration of a Photo Exhibition “Russia Today”, a Meeting of Russian Compatriots “With Russia in Hearts” and a Concert by the Russian vocal-singer and composer Alexandr Gurtov. 

Ms. Alka Lamba, Chairperson, Go India Foundation, General Secretary, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, was the Chief Guest, and Ms. Dipika Brahma, Chief General Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, and Ms. Nirmal Bhatnagar, Dean, Department of Journalism & Mass Communications (JIIMS), the Guests of Honour of the function. Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, was present at the function.

 Welcoming the gathering, Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Director, RCSC,  noted that the National Day of Russia marked on June 12 every year symbolizes the emergence of modern Russia as a democratic state based on civil liberties and supremacy of law. He also said that on this occasion the Russian compatriots are happy to see that more than one billion Indians share with them the noble ideas of and high hopes for the time-tested friendship.

 Addressing the audience, Ms. Alka Lamba said that it is an appropriate occasion to felicitate Russia, India’s most trusted friend and partner. Sharing her impression on her earlier visits to Russia, she pointed out that she was immensely impressed by the love and warmth shown by the people of that country for the people of India.

Ms. Purnima Anand, General Secretary, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, and Mr. Vimal Mehta, President, Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists, spoke on the occasion underlining the significance of the Russian National Day.

 After the official part of the function, there was a cultural programme presented by JIIMS & LBIIHM Institute students on the theme of world peace and a Rajasthani folk song and dance item.

 The function was followed by a Concert by the Russian vocal-singer and composer Alexandr Gurtov. Introducing the Russian singer to the audience, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director, RCSC, referred to his remarkable artistic background with several musical compositions to his credit. Alexandr Gurtov spent nearly six years in Puttaparti, the centre of the spiritual head, Satya Sai Saba. The audience was moved by the exceptional skill of the Russian singer’s performance.

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