A Photo Exhibition “Views on Indian and Russian Twin-Cities”, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the NGO “Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists” (FIPA), was opened on October 4, 2011. A steady and sound twin-city partnership between the Indian and Russian cities such as Delhi and Moscow, Mumbai and St. Petersburg, and Chennai and Volgograd has been established based on cultural affinity and the perception on the availability of potential for mutual and friendly cooperation in different spheres of life.
The solemn objective being accomplished under this concept of twin-cities is the interaction between the peoples, exchange of culture and tradition and promotion of mutual understanding and brotherhood.
The Indian artists, whose works reflecting their photographic skill on display at the exhibiton, are Mr. Vimal Mehta, Mr. Sunil Dham, Mr. P.S. N. Raghavan, Mr. Jishnu Changkakoti, Mr. Vijay Madan, Mr. R. K. Paul, Mr. Aashish Tanwar, Ms. Amandeep Kaur. Bakshi, Mr. Manmeet Singh, Mr. Swaminathan and Mr. V. Vamsi Reddy.
In her welcome remarks, Ms. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, pointed out that the exhibition is unique in the sense that it promotes the people-to-people diplomacy between the two countries. She said that through the medium of photography the exhibition seeks to demonstrate the necessity of activating the tie-ups between the Russian and Indian twin-cities, namely Moscow and Delhi, St. Petersburg and Mumbai, Volgograd and Chennai. These cities have much in common, and the administrations concerned have already established the twin-city partnership. Three more Russian cities are earmarked for the tie-up of partnership with Indian cities.
They are Essentuki, Stavropol and Pyatigorsk. The RCSC and the Indian Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries are trying to find out suitable Indian cities for partnership with the Russian cities. Presently, measures are under way in establishing partnership between Pyatigorsk and Cochin, Ms. Shtapkina said.
Mr. Vimal Mehta, President of FIPA, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Dhillon, Senior Photographer and Chief Still Photographer of “Gandhi” film, Mr. Ashok Arora, Former Secretary, Supreme Court Bar Association, Mr. P.S. N. Raghavan, Member of Photographic Society of Madras, Mr. S.S. Chaman, Secretary-General, Indian Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Mr, Jasbeer Nischal, Secretary, Indian Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, who spoke on the occasion, lauded the solemn concept behind the exhibition and complemented the painstaking efforts of the artists whose photographic works are on display.
After the formal inauguration of the exhibition, certificates of merit were distributed among the artists who participated in the first-ever Art Camp held at the RCSC and several painting and photographic exhibitions organized by the RCSC.