The 8th All-India Listeners Conference of the"Voice of Russia" was inaugurated on December 7 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi.
Dozens of clubs from all over India sent their representatives to the conference. Among these were clubs from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and the country's capital Delhi . Members of many clubs correspond with each other and have frequently met at previous conferences held at RCSC in the Delhi. One of the veteran listeners of "Voice of Russia" Krishna Murari Singh Kisan, president of "Kisan Shrota Club," came from Bihar this time with a delegation from the club consisting of 5 members . “I really wanted the other members of our club to feel the business-like and at the same time warm and cordial atmosphere of the Voice of Russia listeners’ conference " says Krishna Murari Singh Kisan.
By the way, the jury named him one of the winners of the "Voice of Russia" quiz -2013.
K.M.Singh Kisan : “I am very proud to have won a prize in the "Voice of Russia" Quiz. The questions were difficult, but the radio website programme in Hindi helped me in answering them. It is visited by all the members of our club. Now we are continuing the construction of the new brick building of the " Kisan Shrota Club." We have collected for this purpose a sum of five lakh rupees (more than 8 thousand dollars). Construction will be completed in a year. And our club will become the center of the Indo-Russian friendship in Bihar.”
The contribution from the "Voice of Russia" listeners clubs in the development of understanding among peoples of our two countries was singled out in his video greeting by the chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation "Voice of Russia" Andrei Bystritskii . His address was warmly received by all conference participants .
Fruitful activities of listeners from the "Voice of Russia" clubs, directed towards the development of Russian-Indian relations were praised in his address to the conference by the Senior Counselor of the Embassy of Russia in India Sergey Karmalito . He recalled that broadcasts from Moscow in the national languages of India conducted more than 70 years ago:
“Let me remind you that the first news transmission by Radio Moscow was aired in 1942 under the thunders of the Great Patriotic War,” said Sergey Karmalito. He characterized the current stage of broadcasting from "Voice of Russia” to India as follows:
“I would even say that the Ramayana of broadcasts from Russia to India, full of smash hits and dramas, appears to have caught its second wind with its social networks activities. FM coverage in a better quality and the Internet programmes are available round the clock.”
The Indian youth has shown interest to the expanding Russian-Indian cooperation that has brought forward this year epoch-making landmarks with the commissioning of the first unit of Kudankulam which synchronized with the national grid, and the aircraft carrier “INS Vikramaditya” handed over to the Indian side. This audience now has the opportunity to receive information about Russia from the VOR broadcasts and through its FM broadcasting.
Cooperation between "Voice of Russia " and "Fever 104 FM", has been continuing for three years. The two radio stations jointly prepare programmes for listeners in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bangalore; it is a very successful FM project, believes the anchor of the cycle "With love from Russia” Shweeta Rawat:
“Listeners, many of whom are young people, often ask me how I know so many interesting things about Russia, and whether I come from this country. I'm really happy that I host this cycle and feel sympathy and love for Russia, which I perceive as my second home.” The guest of Honour at the opening of the 8th All India Conference of listeners of "Voice of Russia” Mr. M.S.Khan, Director General, Delhi Doordarshan TV, spoke about the demand and popularity of radio broadcasting in India. He proposed to establish and expand contacts between the "All India Radio" and "Voice of Russia."
An important and much-awaited part of the conference for many listeners of the "Voice of Russia" was the awarding of diplomas and prizes to winners of Quiz 2013 on cooperation between Russia and India. One of the winners was Mitul Kansai, a fresh college graduate and president of the "International Radio Listeners' Friendship & Fraternity Club" in the state of Haryana.
Our club was founded by my father in 1984. And now it has 600 members, says Mitul Kansai, - Many club members get acquainted with the materials of "Voice of Russia" through "Facebook". We try not to miss any publication from the prompt and informative site of the VOR radio station . Winning the quiz is a wonderful reward for finding answers to difficult questions. The programmes of "Voice of Russia" are prepared with so much love for the listeners that they are eager to learn as much as possible about the friendly Russia and tell about it to their relatives, neighbours, colleagues at school and work. And the number of our members, listeners of the "Voice of Russia" and visitors to its web-sites continues to grow.
December 8 is the second and final day of the All India Conference of the "Voice of Russia" listeners.