On November 20, 2012, the India International Centre in New Delhi saw the inauguration of a photo exhibition “Russia and India: Unity in Diversity” dedicated to the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The exposition comprised 25 pairs of photos by a professional photographer and correspondent of the Interfax News Agency, Mrs Evgenia Lents who grasped the similarities in architecture, urban planning, nature and lifestyle of two ancient cities of Russia and India – Suzdal and Amber (Rajasthan).
As the old Indian tradition goes, the inauguration started with lighting a ceremonial lamp by Ambassador of Russia to India Alexander Kadakin and Secretary General of the India International Centre Ravinder Dutta. The opening was attended by diplomats, bohemians, members of the Forum of Indian photographers and artists, of the Friendship Societies and Associations of graduates of Russian and Soviet universities, our compatriots.
According to the exhibition’s author and journalist Eugenia Lents, “the collection of photos depicting striking similarity of two former princely capitals may provide a better understanding of the reasons for mutual affection and attraction which have been always inherent in the relations between our peoples”.
The beautiful cities of Suzdal and Amber attract numerous tourists from across the globe. Throughout centuries, both cities were important political and cultural centers.
Suzdal, which used to be the capital of Suzdal and Nizhny Novgorod princedom in the early 14th century, is deservedly called a gem of Russia’s Golden Ring. It made first appearance on the pages of Russian chronicles in 1024. Today Suzdal is habitually called a city-cum-museum as in terms of abundance of monuments and preservation of its initial appearance it is equal to none. The area of 9 square kilometers houses over 200 monuments of religious and civil architecture of 13th -19th centuries. Having remained in the 18th century’s boundaries, Suzdal has managed to keep the ancient topography, ineffable flavor of an ancient city, amazing harmony of Old Russian architecture and surrounding Central Russia’s nature.
Amber, a part of the Indian Golden triangle, founded in 967 served as a royal residence for the Rajput Kushwaha dynasty from 1037 to 1727. Amber’s strong fortifications dated to the Great Mughals make a lasting impression, while the gloomy and grand façade hides a marvelous complex of palaces, halls, gardens and temples. This is the real visiting card of the state of deserts – Rajasthan.