October 26-28 saw the Days of Moscow in Delhi. Its unprecedentedly vast programme covers the wide specter of mutual interests
–– from a business forum on the prospects of bilateral economic, trade, scientific and technical cooperation, presentations of various aspects of Moscow urban infrastructure to artistic exhibitions, film festival and performances of acclaimed Russian creative groups.
The signing of the protocol on cooperation between the Russian and Indian capitals for 2012-2015 was timed to the Days inaugural ceremony.
The document was inked by NCT Urban Development Minister A.Singh and Head of the Moscow Government Department for External Economic and International Relations, Sergey Cheremin. The protocol specified concrete areas of bilateral cooperation, including improvement of urban transport system, better ecology, advanced construction and architectural techniques, experience and technology exchange in power saving, water preservation and purification, recycling.
One of important and promising areas is security and emergency prevention using Russian razor-edge technologies.
The ceremony was attended by Mrs Sheila Dikshit, NCT Chief Minister, and H.E. Mr Alexander M.Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia to India. Speaking to the press, the Chief Minister stressed that she was genuinely delighted to receive the Moscow delegation. “The Days of Moscow will not only help to strengthen our fruitful ties, but will also enable Delhiites to learn more about the life in the capital of the country which is tied with India by deep-rooted traditions of friendship and cooperation”, she noted.
“The Days of Moscow in Delhi are the true renaissance of relations between the Russian and Indian capitals”, believes Alexander Kadakin. “In terms of the scope and substance these are unprecedented cultural events held at the level of the city governments. Moscow and Delhi as sister cities have a lot to offer each other for mutual enrichment”.
The business forum which engaged leading Russian and Indian businessmen discussed concrete proposals for greater cooperation between the two capitals. According to Sergey Cheremin, this exchange of opinion enabled to define opportunities for greater efficiency in cooperation and outline new vistas. “We hope that regular Days of Moscow and Delhi will become a good tradition conducive to further stronger Russian-Indian relations of special and privileged strategic partnership, to deeper mutual understanding and amity between the peoples of the two countries”, he noted.
The cultural programme of the Days of Moscow was solemnly opened with a gala concert by the State Chamber Orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi” staged in the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The famous ensemble headed by conductor Vladimir Simkin performed pieces by Tchaikovsky, Hungarian Dance no.5 by Johannes Brahms, Libertango by Astor Piazzola and other items received with standing ovation and a storm of applauses.
It was the first time that “Moscow Virtuosi” performed in India. One of the orchestra founders, Grigory Kovalevsky, believes that this concert is another proof of long-standing warm friendship and vast cultural cooperation emerging between the two capitals. On the weekend the Delhiites and visitors saw a majestic performance staged on one of the city’s largest open-air grounds – the Amphitheatre of the Connaught Place Central Park. The audience was treated, among other items, with choreographic pieces performed by the artists from the Moscow State Academic Theatre “Gzhel”.
At the same time, the Delhi University hosted a screening of the “Fan” movie by Vitaly Melnikov and a master-class on modern cinema, while the Lalit Kala Akademi was the venue of the photo exhibition “Walk around Moscow”.
The Days of Moscow also featured a chess tournament and a fashion show by Valentin Yudashkin Haute Couture House.