A Painting Exhibition by Russian and Indian Artists to mark the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), Art Mall Gallery and 27 Art Street, was opened on April 11, 2012.
The highlight of the exhibition was the display of paintings by the visiting Russian painter Elena Tolstaya, a graduate of Moscow School of Arts and Crafts and Moscow State Humanitarian University named after M.S. Sholokhov, and a Member of the Union of Artists of Russia. Through 50 of her fairly drawn paintings mostly basing oil on canvas, she expresses her skill in the art work combined with imagination, particularly evident in her work on seasons, flowers, portraits, life of people around, landscapes, etc. The display at the exhibition also comprised the works of Indian artists such as Surjit Akre, Dinesh Kumar, Arun Suryawanshi, H.N. Mishra, Radha Chauhan, Sanjay Soni, Harjit Dhillon and Rita Jhunjhunwala.
Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Mr. Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, Mr. Naran Bhiku Ram Jain, Director, Art Mall Gallery, Ms. Preeti Singh, Art Curator and Investment Consultant, 27 Art Street, and Ms. Surjit Akre, President, Roerichs’ Art Club, participated in the inaugural ceremony of the painting exhibition, which was attended by a gathering of painters and art-lovers.
Describing the painting exhibition as well-timed marking a landmark occasion in the history of Indo-Russian diplomatic relation, Mr. Dalbir Singh underscored the noble objective materialised by such joint exhibitions by contributing to the strengthening of bilateral cultural relations. He profusely lauded the artistic excellence of both Russian and Indian artists.
Earlier, in her welcome remarks, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), referred to the spirit and strength behind the art works of Russian and Indian participants bringing the peoples of two countries closer. She acknowledged the efforts jointly taken by the co-organizers making the exhibition a memorable one.
Congratulating the artists, Mr. Sergey Karmalito referred to the significance of the exhibition enabling the peoples of Russia and India to recall the momentous occasion of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Mr. Naren Bhiku Ram Jain while appreciating the fairly good works of the artists lauded the initiative of the RCSC in encouraging such exhibitions.
Ms. Preeti Singh in her observation pinpointed the ideal features of the painting worth emulating for upcoming artists.
Sharing her impressions, the Russian Artist Elena Tolstaya narrated her childhood fascination developing into a serious vocation in taking up painting seriously in the process drawing inspiration from the sources of nature such as sunlight, flowers, beauty and grace of women, etc. She thanked the organizers of the exhibition providing her with a wonderful forum in the Indian Capital.
The exhibition will be on view till April 18 in the premises of the RCSC, except Sunday, from 10. 00 a.m. to 3. 00 p.m.