A Week of Russian Cosmonautics in New Delhi, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the space mission by the world’s first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova concluded with a colourful function, comprising a dance and painting contests at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on April 12, 2013.
The programme of the Week comprised lecture-cum-presentations, film screenings, photo exhibitions on Valentina Tereshkova and achievements of Russian space science at the RCSC, Nehru Planetarium and Delhi schools.
On April 12, The International Aviation and Cosmonautic Day, school children participated in the Dance Competition “Dance Fantasy” and Painting contest “Space Guest”.
Through the dance and painting contests, the school children expressed their intense interest in the heroic space odyssey undertaken by the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and demonstrated their perception on the enormous potential of space science and intrinsic features of cosmic phenomenon.
The Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, bagged the First Prize in a Group Dance. The DPS, Dwarka, won the First Prize in Painting. The Third Prize in Dance Contest was shared by the DPS, Dwarka, and Pragyan School, Noida.
The Springdales Schools, Dhaula Kuan, DPS, Dwarka, and Pragyan School, Noida, performed Space Fantasy Dance numbers. Greenways School, Dilshad Gardens, presented a Bengali Folk Dance, while the Bluebells School International came up with a Rajasthani Dance, as a tribute to Valentina Tereshkova. The Alience Dance Academy, Durgesh Nandini Academy and Ashu Dance Academy impressed the audience with thought-provoking items specifically relevant to the space.
The notable merits of the performance of dance items evidently showed the sincere and hard efforts taken by the children. The costumes specially chosen by the dance groups corresponding to the space theme as well as the regional tradition testified to the relevance, thematic value and aesthetic sense of children and their teachers who guided them in the job. The audience was highly impressed by the devotion, commitment and artistic talent of children, who proved to be budding artists.
The school children also took part in the launching of balloons representing colours of the national flags of Russia and India, an act symbolic of their far vision in probing the space and unravelling the mysteries of universe.
Over 20 schools and youth organizations (more than 700 participants) were involved in the entire programme of the Week.
The Week of Russian Cosmonautics is part of the Seagull Festival, which started on March 6, 2013, the Birth Anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova, and will conclude in mid-June.