September 5 the Russian Centre of Science and Culture became the centre of attraction for Russian compatriots not only from the Indian capital but from other cities of the country as well.
The Third All-India Conference of Russian Compatriots annually organized by the Delhi Association of Russian Compatriots (DARC) jointly with the RCSC and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India comprised reports and presentations by representatives of regional compatriots organizations from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Addressing the gathering Charge d’Affaires of the Russian Embassy Mr. Denis Alipov expressed satisfaction with the results of the last years’ activity and highlighted the necessity of developing of the informational platform shared by Russian compatriots from various Indian cities. “It is required that modern means of communication are adjusted to the current needs. Issuing of a thematic on-line newsletter on the activities, achievements and initiatives of Russian compatriots could be regarded viable in this concern. That would certainly contribute into attracting greater number of Russian compatriots and Russian speaking citizens of the CIS countries permanently living in India into the Russian community abroad”, – said Mr. Alipov.
Chairlady of the DARC and the Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in India, member of the World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots (representative of the Asian-Pacific region) Ms. Yelena Barman presented a report on the achievements of the last year covering such up-to-date issues as preserving of the cultural and ethnical identity of Russian compatriots abroad, strengthening of ties with the motherland, necessity of speaking Russian for children from mixed families. She paid special attention to the educational visit to historical places of Russia “Hello, Russia!” in which four young delegates from Russian community in India took part. “Resulting from this trip to Russia the teenagers have taken the initiative of organizing a youth organization within the DARC”, said Ms. Barman.
Director of the RCSC Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Head of the Consular department of the Russian Embassy Mr. Mikhail Vorobyov and Counsellor for culture Mr. Dmitry Chelyshev also participated in the conference.
Within the conference the results of the last years’ activities were summed up as well as were mapped out general directions of further development of the Russian compatriots organizations in India. All this was fixed in the resolution.
After the official part of the conference painting exhibition titled “Indian song of Russian soul” by Shanti Kushwaha, artist of Russian-Indian origin was inaugurated. Prominent senior Indian artist, honorary member of Russian Academy of Fine Arts Mr. Om Prakash Sharma attended the function as Chief Guest. The special guest of the function was principal of Delhi College of Art Mr. S.N.Lahiri.
The evening was concluded by the bright concert by Russian compatriots and students of the School of Russian Classical Ballet, RCSC who performed fragments from the ballet “Chipollino” by Karen Khachaturyan and other classical examples of this beautiful art of dance. Alongside with ballet dance the concert programme included piano playing by students of the Music School, RCSC, Indian dances, singing of popular Russian songs both by compatriots and by the Russian language students.
Finally there was organized a festive dinner for the guests and participants of the Third All-India Conference of Russian Compatriots.