Russian Cultural Centre and the Pushkin Centre for Russian Language jointly with the Moscow based Foundation “Russkiy Mir” celebrated the 1150th anniversary of Russian Statehood. His Highness Sree Padmanabha Dasa Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharaja of Travancore inaugurated the celebration in well attended function that was held at the Harmony Banquet Hall of Hotel Mascot in October, 2012.
Inaugurating the celebration the Maharaja said that Russia always remains a true friend of India. “Russia had a cordial relationship with Kerala especially Travancore region. I myself felt the warmth of Russian people thanks to the affinity shown by Swethoslav Roerich. I am proud to say that he was one of my greatest foreign friends”, he said.
In his inaugural address the Maharaja of Travancore also touched upon the roots of celebration. “1150 years back Rurik made an attempt to gather people belonging to different scattered tribal settlements near Vilikiy Novogorod. This resulted in the formation of a Great Kingdom named Russia”, he said.
“Russia became a great country with different languages and cultures, united under one roof. Celebrating the 1150th anniversary of the Russian Statehood all over the world, especially in Russia, underlines this facts”, said the Maharaja.
Former Ambassador of India and permanent representative of India to the United Nations Mr. T.P.Sreenivasan delivered the Key note address. He stressed that Russians are proud of their history and culture and it is the main reason Russian Government gives priority to such celebrations. The Bishop of Malankara Orthodox Church His Grace Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregarious said that the Russian Orthodox Church established Co-operation with the Kerala based Malankara Orthodox Church centuries back. The visit of the present Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church His Holiness Kirill to Kerala marked a milestone in Indo-Russian relations.
Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh C. Nair presided over the function.Mr.P.P.James, Deputy Editor Kerala Kaumudi also spoke on the occasion.