The Golden Jubilee of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi was celebrated at an auspicious and colourful function organised at 24, Firoz Shah Road, on December 15, 2015. The Jubilee celebration coincided with the 90th Anniversary of Russian Public Diplomacy.
The release of the Special Postal Cover and Stamp, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi, by Mr Vasu Mitra, Chief Post Master General, Delhi Circle, and presentation of the same to Prof Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, H.E. Mr Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, and Mr Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, was the highlight of the programme. There was also the launching of a Special Booklet, dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the RCSC, New Delhi, by Prof Lokesh Chandra on the occasion. The official part of the function was followed by a Classical and Folk Ballet Show by the Moscow State Academic Theatre of Dance “Gzhel”.
An exhibition of photographs, depicting major, important activities of the RCSC of the past 50 glorious years, begun specially for the event, was also on display for the benefit of general public.
The vast gathering comprised a cross-section of Delhi’s social elite, Ambassadors of Armenia, Bulgaria, Kyrgyz Republic , members of the diplomatic corps from other embassies, army personnel, educationists, Russian compatriots, students, media persons, and others.
In his Presidential address, Prof Lokesh Chandra lauded the commendable activities organised by the RCSC in New Delhi in the last five decades which immensely contributed to the strengthening of Indo-Russian relations and promoting people-to-people diplomacy. Tracing the background of his long association with the RCSC, he described the illustrious institution as a symbolic edifice reflecting Indo-Russian friendship and cooperation. Citing the ancient and traditional links between India and Russia in terms of cultural affinity, he underlined the spiritual legacy left by the Roerichs family, which itself was enormously inspired by the Himalayas, adding that Nicholas Roerich has been recognised as the first cultural ambassador of Russia to India. Prof. Lokesh Chandra recalled that thanks to the ambitious activities of the RCSC, hundreds of thousands of Indian students had been benefitted with higher education in different faculties from different Russian universities. He wished all success to the future endeavours of the RCSC.
In the course of his address, H.E. Mr Alexander Kadakin emphasised that the RCSC has been the conduit and depositary of cultural dialogue and people-to-people interaction between our two nations, adding that as time passed, the Centre developed humanitarian ties across India and Russia with enthusiasm and devotion. With a sense of pride, he appreciated the holding of the Art Exhibition “Russian Winter”, the Art Exhibition and the release of the unique book “Prince Alexei Saltykov’s Journey Across India” published by the Russian Embassy, and others as credible achievements of the Centre. Referring to the forthcoming visit to Russia by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 23-24, the Ambassador expressed his confidence that the Russian-Indian Summit in Moscow would give a new impetus to the expansion of a multi-faceted, mutually-beneficial partnership between the two countries.
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr Fedor Rozovskiy hailed celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the RCSC as a magnificent day in the life or our two nations and peoples, and which would remain forever a momentous milestone exclusively in the history of the Centre. He recalled with gratitude the excellent services, support and cooperation rendered by various associations, clubs and societies which contributed to the consolidation of bilateral friendship and cooperation.