Conference “India and Russia: cross-cultural synergies” at the University of Delhi

Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:23

An international conference “India and Russia: Cross-Cultural Synergies”, attended by more than 70 experts in philology, history, cultural anthropology from Russia, India, Georgia, Turkey and Sri Lanka, took place at the University of Delhi on February 22-23, 2018. Our country was represented by participants from Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Ivanovo, Kazan, Moscow, Murmansk, St. Petersburg, Tambov and other cities.

The conference, arranged by the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies of the University of Delhi with the support of the Embassy of Russia and the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in New Delhi, became a milestone in the sequence of events, timed to celebration of the 70th anniversary of teaching of the Russian language in this University.

 While addressing the audience at the opening ceremony, H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India, briefly outlined the significant scope and prospects of special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India, which covers a wide range of areas, from interaction in the global arena to cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy, trade and economy, military-technical and humanitarian spheres. He stressed that under such circumstances experts well-versed in the languages and culture of both countries, are much in demand, and sincerely thanked the University of Delhi for the efficient work in educating a number of generations of Indian specialists in Russian studies.

Mr Y.Tiagi, University Vice Chancellor, warmly recalled the years of friendship between the Soviet Union and India, the contribution, made by the USSR into establishing the Indian industrial foundations, and pointed out the significance of further development of bilateral cooperation.

Ms Achala Moulik, a famous writer and publicist, former deputy minister of human resources development and director of the Archaeological Survey of India, spoke about the influence of the Russian philosophical-political thought over the formation of the independent Indian state.

The working sessions mostly focused on the comprehension of the experience of intercultural cooperation between Russia and India, especially of the last 70 years, since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and discussion of opportunities for maintaining and strengthening the unique friendly ties between our nations in future. The conference sections covered such areas as literature, theatre, music, cinema, translation issues, linguistic research, teaching of languages, the role of the Internet and mass media, various aspects of social life, mutual penetration of philosophies.

The first day of the conference ended with the performance by Ms G.Chandran, a famous master of the classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam, a founder of Natya Vriksha (Tree of Dance) Academy and an awardee of the prestigious national order Padma Shri.

In the evening on February 23, the participants were invited to the reception, arranged in their honour at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture on behalf of H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India, which started with a concert of Russian classical music, performed by Ms G.N.Trofimova, an honoured cultural worker of the Russian Federation, a professor at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, a soloist of the A.P.Borodin symphony orchestra. Mr M.A.Zagot, an interpreter and a poet, a senior professor at Moscow State Linguistic University, sang his songs.


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