Russia at the Roerich Festival in the Himalayas

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:04

A cascade of vibrant cultural events marked the Russian-Indian Roerich festival celebrated every year in October. As per tradition, it took place in the Himalayan valley of Kulu in Himachal Pradesh, with the assistance of the Embassy of Russia in India. The extensive program was launched at the Roerich museum-manor in the village of Nagar on the October 9, on the birthday of the outstanding Russian artist, scientist, philosopher and traveler Nicholai Roerich, and ended on October 23 marking the 111th anniversary of the birth of his son, the famous painter Svetoslav Roerich. This event also marked the opening of a cultural and educational center under the aegis of the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), with exhibitions of famous Indian and Russian artists and new museum displays. On the last day of the festival, on the October 23, after the ceremonial raising of the Russian and Indian national flags, as well as the Roerich Banner of Peace, an exhibition of a young artist — S. Khushwaha was inaugurated, who lived in Russia for many years. Her paintings depict a gallery of beautiful female characters harmoniously complemented by colorful landscapes of central Russia and sights of India. Unique samples of folk art from Himachal Pradesh, including rare artifacts collected during expeditions conducted by Roerich in North India were exhibited to visitors at the exhibition in the former Institute of Himalayan Studies — "Urusvati", for the first time ever. At the same time, in the open air Green Theater, an exhibition of Russian artists, contest winners of the children's batik — paintings on fabric was inaugurated. The celebrations also included presentation of awards and felicitation of prizewinners in drawing and essay competitions conducted among Indian children and dedicated to the life and work of the famous Russian family. The youngest artist-laureate is hardly five years of age. The grandest moments of the festival were marked by a great gala concert with the participation of students from the Academy of Arts named after Elena Roerich under the IRMT, local art groups and Russian youth group "Zhemchuzhinka" from Orenburg. During its Indian tour, the ensemble also performed at two concerts in New Delhi and performed successfully in Mumbai., 27.10.2015



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