The Retrospective Photo Exhibition by Sergey V. Karmalito, Russian Journalist-turned Diplomat “Imagining Karma Bhumi”, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India at 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, virtually reflected the Indian life through Russian eyes.
The occasion was the celebration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of Mr. Sergey Karmalito and the 20th year of his work in India.
The photos displayed at the exhibition brought into focus different facets of Indian life spanning the broad urban and rural ambiance of the country, significant political developments, and photographs of distinguished personalities such as Indira Gandhi, Radjiv Gandhi, Svyatoslav Roerich, Valentina Tereshkova, and others. There are also photos of pilgrim centres, tourist spots, important dignitaries in different walks of life, stretches of landscapes, religious destinations, architectural landmarks, and others. A large gathering attended the function.
Mr. Alexander Losyukov, former Deputy Foreign Minister, Russian Federation, President, Committee for Preservation of Roerichs’ Heritage (Roerichs Committee), H.E. Mr. Doulat Kuanyshev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to India, Mr. Denis Alipov, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. Krishnan Raghunath, (I.F.S. Retd.), former Indian Foreign Secretary, former Indian Ambassador to Russia, Mr. Chinmaya Garekhan, Retd. Senior Indian Diplomat, Mr. Sudheendra Kulkarni, former O.S.D, to former Prime Minister Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-Indian Congress Committee, Ms. Achala Maulik, (I.A.S. Retd.), former Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government of India, and Dr. Dmitry Chelyshev, Counsellor, Culture and Media, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
Mr. Denis Alipov, Minister-Counsellor, read out and handed over to Mr. Sergey Karmalito a Letter of Honour, signed by the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, in appreciation of his meritorious services.
Both Indian and foreign dignitaries in their brief remarks lauded the commendable services of Mr. Sergey Karmalito in his capacity as a journalist and diplomat, which contributed to the strengthening of Indo-Russian relations. A noteworthy feature was the gracious presence of the elder brother of Mr. Sergey Karmalito who arrived all the way from Sochi to personally convey his hearty birthday greeting.
Mr. Sergey Karmalito, after graduating from the Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow University, joined TASS News Agency in 1976. After a brief spell in New Delhi as a trainee, later he worked as a Correspondent and Chief of Bureau of TASS from 1980 to 1993. He served as Editor-in-chief of ITAR-TASS News Service and Domestic News Department of the ITAR-TASS Head Office in Moscow. During 2006-2009, he was the Chief of Bureau of ITAR-TASS News Agency in India, New Delhi.
Throughout his career, he authored hundreds of news reports and articles on political, economic, cultural life of India other matters. Member of the Journalists’ Union of Russia, he was decorated with the title of the Honoured Cultural Worker of the Russian Federation, and one of the highest Russian civil awards—Order of Honour. Since November 2009, Mr. Sergey Karmalito is serving as Senior Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Delhi.