A working group from the Moscow government with the assistance of the Russian Embassy in India visited New Delhi on September 4-5, 2012 and held a number of meetings and talks with their colleagues from the Government of NCT of Delhi to discuss the time schedule and substance of the “Days of Moscow in New Delhi” festival programme.
The talks resulted in a Protocol on organizing the Days of Moscow signed by Mr V.V.Lebedev, Deputy Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, and Mr Santosh Vaidya, Special Secretary to CM & Special Secretary (Art, Culture & Language) in the presence of Mr P.K.Tripathi, Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi.
The festive programme was decided to be held in the run-up to the Indian visit of H.E. Mr Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, on October 26-29 in the framework of the Program of Cooperation for 2012-2015.
The Russian delegation was received by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, NCT of Delhi, who expressed full support to the idea of the Days of Moscow and promised all possible assistance to the scheduled programme.
Festivities will start on October 26 with the inaugural ceremony and the following concert with participation of the Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre “Gzhel” and other creative and musical ensembles from Moscow. That day will also see the Russian-Indian Business Forum with prominent Russian and Indian businessmen and experts exchanging experience in urban maintenance, including such vital issues as urban infrastructure and construction, automation of transport systems, modernization of health care system, waste recovery and environmental protection, water supply and purification, energy saving technologies, protection and conservation of historical monuments, and e-government.
The Delhiites will definitely love a multidimensional art exhibition to be inaugurated on the same day in Lalit Kala Academy which will include an exhibition of Moscow artists titled “Seasons of the Year”, book fair from leading Moscow publishing houses, photo exhibition with views of modern Moscow, and presentation of razor-edge computer programs and technologies. On its completion all exhibited books will be further presented to the major libraries and educational institutions of the Indian capital. The exhibition will also feature master-classes from Russian artists and craftsmen of decorative and applied arts, performances of vocal and instrumental ensembles. The exhibition will be open till November 5.
Chess-players will see a tournament for Russian and Indian school children which will take place in the chess academy of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture where Grand Master V.Anand started his chess career. One of the city’s art galleries will house an art exhibition from the collections of the Pushkin State Museum.
A fashion show from a renowned Russian couturier Valentin Yudashkin, suggested by the Russian side as a new item to the programme, will add additional flavor to the festival. It is also safe to say that the gala concert with participation of the dance theatre “Gzhel”, which will be staged in the open-air theatre in the Central Park at Connaught Place, would make a lasting and profound impression on the audience.