Russian language students from five secondary schools of New Delhi took part in the annual festival "Beryoza" ("Birch"), held in the Delhi Public School "Dwarka" on October, 11, 2012. The festival was organized by the Delhi Public Schools Society (DPSS) and Rossotrudnichestvo.
During the Festival, the head of Art School of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture Ekaterina Pokrovskaya gave a master-class on Zhostovo painting. The programme also included a competition for the best national costume, a quiz on the Russian language, reading Russian poetry, singing Russian songs and dancing folk dances, which immensely delighted the audience. After the concert, organized by DPS "Dwarka" in cooperation with the School of the Russian Embassy in India, a documentary film about Russia was also screened.
At the closing ceremony, Senior Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. Sergey Karmalito, thanked school administration and teachers for the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Russian and Indian people. He congratulated the participants on the progress in the study of Russian language and culture. The Chairman of DPSS, Mr. Ashok Chandra, said that the Festival of Russian language and culture "Beryoza" is the most important linguistic event for their schools. He lauded the importance of teaching Russian for 165 schools which are included in DPSS. In addition, he mentioned that it is planned to increase the number of Russian teaching schools every year.
The Head of Representation of Rossotrudnichestvo in India, Mr. Fedor Rozovsky, referred to the joint projects of DPSS, the RCSC in New Delhi and Moscow State University on popularizing Russian language. He handed Diplomas for contribution to the promotion of Russian language and the strengthening of Russian-Indian friendship to the Chairman of Delhi Public School Society Mr. Ashok Chandra, the Director Ms. Renu Mital, and the Director of DPS "Dwarka" Ms. Sunita Tanvar. Teachers and students were presented with souvenirs.