Russian-Indian Cultural Festival in Himalayan Kullu Valley

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:05

On October 9-15, 2013, the picturesque Kullu Valley in the Western Himalayas once again hosted the Russian-Indian cultural festival and the Roerich Memorial Estate in Naggar became the center of it.

The locals together with numerous Indian tourists, guests from Russia and other countries enjoyed the diverse programme dedicated to the celebration of the 139th and 85th anniversaries of Nicholas Roerich and foundation of the Roerich’s Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute correspondingly.

It included the opening of a new section in the Estate museum exhibiting the organization of work of the chemical laboratory in the Institute. Demonstration of unique masterpieces made by painter-weaver Viswanathan Nair, who reproduced famous Roerich’s paintings using the traditional method of weaving on handlooms, aroused a vivid interest of the visitors.

Arrival of the Himalayan expedition participants from Russia, which is held by the Interregional public organization Assembly of the continental cultural patrimony – Heritage for the fifth time, became another spectacular event of the festival. This year the core of the art group, representing the Russian culture at this venue, was comprised of Russian dance ensemble Siberian Patterns from Novosibirsk.

Their first performance was held on October 14, 2013, when thousands of people gathered for the colorful celebration of Dashera - a symbol of the good fighting the evil. The audience in the overcrowded amphitheatre Kalakendra warmly welcomed the Russian guests who stirred the deepest fibers of their souls by their fine art. The programme included a number of impressively colorful Indian folk dances, original choreography and some lyric performances.

Siberian Patterns won a storm of applause in the summer theatre of the museum complex in Naggar, administrated by the Russian-Indian International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) for more than 20 years. The alumni of the Elena Roerich Art College under the auspice of the IRMT contributed to the programme of the Russian group performing colorful Indian classical and folklore dances. The song Golden bee, performed in Russian by the junior group, became a special surprise.

The Ambassador of Russia in India A.M. Kadakin, the Founder and Vice-President of the IRMT sent his greeting message to the participants of the festival. “No doubt the legacy of the Roerichs is one of the brightest examples of our Common National Pride and at the same time it is the heritage of entire mankind. Needless to say, it requires special attention and care at the interstate level”, the Ambassador emphasized.

In his address to the audience, the honorable guest of the celebration Minister-Counselor of the Russian Embassy in India D.E. Alipov stated that the Russian Side would continue to provide comprehensive support to the development of the IRMT activities. “I have full confidence that the Central Government must engage more actively in the matters of the Trust”, he said.

The IMRT exhibition hall hosted the exposition of paintings and sketches brought to India within the framework of the programme From the Rhythms of Time to the Treasures of Space. It is held by the Heritage for several years already. The collection comprises the works of young artists-winners of contests held in 2012-2013.

According to Ms Natalia Pivovarova, President of the organization, after Kullu the exhibition, devoted to foundation of the Urusvati institute widely celebrated worldwide, will be brought to New Delhi, Mumbai, Puna and Trivandrum. “We are happy to start this tour from such amazingly beautiful places, directly linked to life, art, scientific and spiritual researches of the Roerichs, our prominent compatriots, to whom India became another homeland”, – she said, - “We are looking forward to making thus a moderate contribute to a great and important work of strengthening cultural contacts between the two countries”.

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