It is my great pleasure and honour to congratulate the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Chennai on its 40th anniversary. Apart from being an important milestone in the chronicle of Russian-Indian ties, it is also a remarkable event in the city’s cultural life for all Chennaites.
Throughout all these years of its fruitful and multidimensional activities, the Russian Centre has been an active contributor to overall bilateral ties thus making possible the 65th anniversary of Russian-Indian diplomatic relations, being marked this year. President V.V.Putin is visiting New Delhi in ten days.
With time, the Russian Centre, together with Indian partners, has established and fostered manifold ties across South India and with Russian regions, demonstrating passionate enthusiasm and dedication to the task. Each year saw an increasing number of functions organized by the Centre, with its range varying from concerts of Russian folk dances and film festivals to international conferences on topical issues of Russian-Indian relations and global agenda. Growing awareness of and admiration for Russian culture in South India speaks volume of how successful and influential were these events. In appreciation of its role in promoting universal values, Chennai RCSC was invited to join Global Compact, one of the most popular UN programs.
This Centre has managed to establish itself as a leading regional cultural hub with well-deserved reputation and solid record. A great number of great public figures, scholars and artists have become good friends and well-wishers of the Russian Centre. We are deeply indebted to them for their constant and whole-hearted support.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Madras/Chennai. Acting as its cultural branch, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture plays an essential role in promoting and encouraging Russian-Indian cooperation in the region.
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, the architect of the present new stage of strategic partnership between Russia and India, during one of his previous visits to India emphasized that it was public support which enabled the leadership of two countries to launch the political dialogue, to successfully interact in tackling urgent problems and implement ambitious projects in economic and humanitarian fields.
Chennai RCSC has become an efficient platform for pursuing and advancing Russian-Indian people-to-people diplomacy. Various associations, clubs and hobby groups within the Centre are instrumental in building deeper mutual trust and affection at a personal level, in promoting thorough and extensive knowledge about today’s Russia. The Russian Centre maintains close ties with local NGOs which help to address and reach out to a larger segment of Indian society and create awareness at multiple levels in this part of the country.
The Russian Centre is determined to preserve and upkeep its long-standing traditions and established reputation, sticking to its commitment to elevate Russian-Indian strategic partnership to even higher plateaus. The Russian Embassy in New Delhi will always support such dedicated approach.
My warmest greetings go to the staff of the Russian Centre, to all well-wishers, friends and patrons on the memorable occasion of the 40th anniversary and wishes of good health, prosperity, happiness and every success in all your noble endeavours.
Chennai, December 14, 2012