August 30 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on the occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of Russia’s conversion into Orthodox Christianity there was organised a solemn function comprising inauguration of a photo exhibition “Baptism of Rus” prepared by Rossotrudnichestvo and the State Historical Museum of the Russian Federation and a mesmerizing performance by students of the School of Russian Classical Ballet, RCSC.
The programme was attended by such distinguished guests as Mr. Dalbir Singh, Secretary of All-India Congress Committee, H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan Mr. Doulat Kuanyshev, Charge D’Affaires of the Russian Federation in India Mr. Denis Alipov, Russian Trade representative in India Mr. Mikhail Rapota, Chairlady of the Coordination Council of Russian compatriots in the Asian-Pacific Region and of Delhi Association of Russian compatriots Ms. Yelena Barman, diplomats from Russian and the CIS countries Embassies, representatives of various churches, including Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Christian Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran and others, alongside with administration and professors of Delhi University, JNU, Jamia Milia Islamia University, etc.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director of the RCSC, noted that the conversion of Russia into Orthodox Christianity defined its history, deeply influencing Russian people, their basic values, culture and way of life, becoming its inseparable part. “Church carried out a very important role – the role of creating conditions for inter-confessional, inter-ethnic, international peace and accord. In this sense, the meaning of the Church goes beyond the boundaries of the Russian Federation, it helps us to establish good relations with the peoples of other countries”, he added quoting Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, RCSC made a presentation on the history of Russia’s Christianization and short review over the photo exhibition “Baptism of Rus”.
Within the programme the RCSC participating in the governmental project of Russian Federation “Russian language” for 2011-2015 years handed over a set of books on the Russian language, culture, history to the Jamia Millia Islamia University of New Delhi.
As the brightest part of the function students of the School of Russian Classical Ballet, RCSC presented a concert programme that included traditional group dance called “Khorovod”, exquisite and emotional dance accompanied by the Russian folk song “Oy, to ne vecher...” and the Russian dance from the great Swan Lake ballet by P.I. Tchaikovskiy.
The programme was followed by multimedia presentation on temples and monasteries of Russia and cocktail with traditional Russian snacks.
The event celebrating the 1025th Anniversary of Russia’s conversion into Orthodox Christianity was covered by press and electronic media, as well as by TV and radio.