The high spirit with which the young Indian music and dance groups performed a spectacular and colourful concert “Gift to Russia” to mark the Day of Russia at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on June 11, 2013 did clearly manifest the love and reverence India has for Russia.
The event was jointly organised by the RCSC and the Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, and was attended by a large gathering.
Consisting of two parts, in its first stage of the programme, the young people called for Youth Network Dialogue to develop a platform for young people where they could express their innovative ideas to enhance their capacities and participation in the society, as well as to stimulate inter-cultural dialogue between India and Russia.
The programme started with a multi-media presentation by the Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, RCSC, Ms. Tatyana E. Perova highlighting the genesis of Russia through historical evolutions chronologically in the erstwhile Russia, the Soviet Union and the present Russian Federation. This was followed by a Quiz on Russia, conducted by Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, Deputy Director, RCSC, and Russian souvenirs were gifted to winners of the quiz.
The second part of the programme focussed on Indian dance and music presented by Alien Dance Group, and choreographed by Aryan Kumar. The young artists performed a number of energetic performances on different creative ideas and concepts. The welcome dance titled “Ganapati” genuinely set the tone for the evening with its true spirituality. This was followed by popping of contemporary music and song in magnificent costumes. Yet another attraction, the Sufi music with dance composition, was indeed a brilliant spectacle. The concert was conducted by a young artist Hina Malik, a social activist from YUVA India Foundation.
The cultural programme was well organised and coordinated with the support of Neon Dance Academy.
Bouquets of flowers and souvenirs were presented by Mr. Andrei Andreev, Deputy Director, RCSC. On the eve of the Russian National Day, Awards of Excellence for outstanding friendly services were presented to the activists of partner organisations. On the occasion, Ms. Anamika Yaduvanshi, popular TV presenter and numerologist, Dr. Arvind Tyagi, social activist, and Mr. B. S. Sokhi, Banker, were also present to share and convey their congratulatory message to Russian friends.
Ms. Purnima Anand, General Secretary, International Foundation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, proposed a vote of thanks. She congratulated the Russian friends and officials on the eve of the Russian National Day by expressing profound gratitude for their gracious presence and wishes to celebrate such cultural events aimed at strengthening long-lasting Indo-Russian peace, friendship and cooperation.