October 17 the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi held a range of activities within the Fifth Himalayan expedition of young Russian artists: Indian capital has become the next stage of the expedition, which arrived from the state of Himachal Pradesh, where its members took part in the celebrations of the 85th anniversary of the Institute of Himalayan studies “Urusvati” at the estate of the Roerich at Naggar and in a music festival dedicated to Vijaya Dashami Holiday at Kullu.
Annual Himalayan expeditions of young Russian artists are organized within the unique project undertaken by the Assembly continental cultures achievements “Dostoyanie” and the RCSC with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
Within this year’s expedition 22 people arrived in India: the folk dance ensemble “Siberian patterns” from Novosibirsk with a concert programme “Dances of the World”, the solo ballet dancer from the ensemble “Image” from Kaluga Olga Pilipchenko, young artists and their teachers from different cities of Russia, who presented the painting exhibition “From the rhythms of time to the treasures of spaces”, comprising the best works of the art contest, organized by the Assembly “Dostoyanie”.
As part of the evening there also was held the ceremony of awarding certificates and prizes to the winners of the essay competition organized by the “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” newspaper and its Indian supplement “Russia&India Report” and the RCSC with the support of the Russian Embassy and tourist company “Salvia Travels”. The event was held on the eve and dedicated to the annual Russian-Indian summit taking place on October 21 in Moscow.
In total over 300 people from 12 Indian cities participated in the contest. The top prize – air tickets Moscow-Delhi-Moscow provided by the tourist company “Salvia travels”, was awarded to Nidhi Balachandran, post graduate student of the Russian language Institute named after Alexander Pushkin. Six other contestants from the states of Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and the National Capital Territory of Delhi secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in the Russian and English categories, getting prizes from the organizers of the competition: books about Russia and the RCSC souvenirs.
The programme at the RCSC was attended by prominent public figures, heads of foreign diplomatic missions and cultural centers, administration of the leading universities of the Indian capital, heads of friendship societies and partner NGOs, Russian compatriots and the media.
Concerts, workshops and exhibitions in Mumbai, Pune and Trivandrum are also scheduled within the programme of Fifth Himalayan expedition of young Russian artists stay in India.
The expedition will end on October 23 with a colorful performance at Kudankulam, the flagship of the Russian- Indian cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear energy.