On June 12, 1990 the First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. It is a landmark date in the history of Russia and a national holiday celebrated with much fervour and festivities.
India has always had cordial relations with Russia and the relationship between the two nations is that of a trusted friend, ally and partner. This long standing relationship with Russia is a significant aspect and achievement of India's foreign policy.
To mark the Russian National Day this year, the International Federation of Indo Russian Youth Clubs (IFIRYC) jointly with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi organised First Internet Festival dedicated to the Day of Russia. The Festival started on the 24th May and ended on the 8th June, 2015 at the RCSC, 24, Firoz Shah Road, New Delhi. This was a one of a kind event in which the IFIRYC undertook an initiative to digitally immortalise the strong bonds of friendship that India shares with Russia.
The event saw personal and virtual attendance from some of the big names from the political and corporate world like Sameer Kakar, Vice President (Finance & Corporate Services) with Micromax Informatics Limited, Dr. R.B. Singh, General Secretary of India Russia Friendship Society, Tatiana Kutinova, Press Attache of the Embassy of Russian Federation in India and Klera Singh, All India Radio. Ramnik Singh Kohli, GM (Russia & CIS), Micromax Russia. During the evening Indian audience connected with the organizers of the Festival in order to congratulate people of Russia through the Skype.
Senior BJP leader and social activist Neera Shastri, Member of Parliament, Parvesh Verma, Member of Parliament, Udit Raj and Member of Faridabad Legislative Assembly, Vipul Goyal also sent their congratulatory messages through the internet.
«I congratulate my all Russian friends on the occasion of the Russian National Day through Internet technology. I hope the upcoming visit of our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji at the BRICS International Summit to be held in Ufa, Russia this year will herald a new era of friendship with the Russian Federation. I congratulate President Vladimir Putin for his admirable and tireless work for BRICS nations’ reforms and global peace and for receiving the presidency of the BRICS group of nations», said Purnima Anand, President of International Federation of Indo Russian Youth Clubs in her welcome address. She also thanked Director of RCSC in New Delhi Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy and team of the Russian Centre for long-term support and close cooperation with her organization.
Sameer Kakar of Micromax said that Russia will always be a special country for their company as it was the first market they had entered into in their attempt towards global expansion.
The special guest for the evening was Tatiana Kutinova, Press Attache of the Embassy of Russia in India who delivered a message on behalf of the Honourable Ambassador of Russia to India, H.E. Alexander Kadakin. She said that the relationship between India and Russia is a unique international phenomenon and is immune to the adverse impact of any external factor. Mr. Kadakin also sent a message appreciating the recent Russia visit by the Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr. R.B. Singh, India Russia Friendship Society stated that they have been celebrating this special occasion since the day the announcement was made to observe June 12 as the Russian National Day and they show complete solidarity with the Russia Federation.
Ramnik Singh Kohli, GM (Russia & CIS), Micromax Russia also connected with the audience on Skype and congratulated the Russian federation on their upcoming National Day.
Dr. Vladimir Akinfiev, Founder- Chairman of IFIRYC, Deputy General Director People’s Friendship University Club (Moscow), Vice President of International Relations of Society for Cultural and Business cooperation with India, Moscow Coordinator of International Youth programme «Art Campus», Expert on education and culture of India and South East Asia. also appreciated the initiative taken by IFIRYC to organize First Internet Festival. Dr. V.I. Akienfiev said: «This event will be milestone programme in upcoming time to Build Indo Russian relations with new generation».
Alexander Gustalov, Senior researcher of Russian research Institute for cultural and natural heritage (Southern branch, Krasnodar) connected though the Skype and conveyed greetings from Southern Russia and Krasnodar City for organizing the event. He also quoted some lines by a spiritual Guru Babaji in Haridwar which inspires him to start new projects to develop cultural and scientific relationship between India and Russia «There are many states in India and they are all different but India and Russia are not different states of one country they are one same state», he added.
During the programme Arseny Starkov, Chief Consultant (Culture & Information), RCSC in New Delhi connected to Tatiana Seliverstova, Head of the International Department, Russian Union of Youth. She expressed happiness at the initiative made and stated that she is looking forward to another trip to India to further strengthen ties between two countries and their BRICS partners in the field of youth cooperation and business.
The celebration, which was also observed on the internet connected with more than 18000 people across India and Russia through the Facebook page and a huge number of wishes and messages poured in for Russia for their National Day. Aditya Kumar, who had posted a self-composed poem on the Indo-Russian friendship in Hindi and English, was also present at the event to recite his poem. His recitation was met with huge applause from the audience. It was very important as the year 2015 was announced as the Year of Literature in Russia.
The major highlights of the event were cultural shows put up by Russian and Indian artists. To celebrate the friendship and the similarity in the art and culture between India and Russia. Indian vocalist Pandit Ajeet Mishra ji sang his special friendship song «Brotherly nations» by the tabla and harmonica accompaniment. This song he wrote specifically for the Day of Russia. Then the Russian dancer Margarita Martirosova performed an Indian classical dance.
An art exhibition «Friendship of People of India and Russia» was also organised by Gallery Sree Arts & Jewels Pvt. ltd., Jitendra Padam Jain, founder of the art gallery had showcased the paintings by various Indian artists. Some of the artists present at the event also explained the various aspects of the Indo-Russian friendship that they had tried to depict through their works. The inauguration ceremony of the Photo Exhibition «Treasures of Russia» also took place during the programme. The exhibition consists of more than 50 pictures and will be opened till the end of June.
June 8, 2015 has also acquired special significance in the history of the BRICS bloc as Moscow hosted the first of its kind BRICS Parliamentary Forum on this day. The meeting was initiated by Brazil and is a result of months of preparation. It has been proposed to submit a proposal on making the BRICS Parliamentary Forum a permanent mechanism in cooperation between the five countries and on establishing a virtual secretariat.
The program was live telecasted by BRICS International Forum on Youtube. Broadcast can be watched on below link
A splendid and spectacular Russian «Oscar Jazz Band» performed at the RCSC in New Delhi on June 10, 2015 made the historic and traditional celebration of the Day of Russia, memorable and lively. The event was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945.
The stirring performance of the Russian vocal and instrumental music group, which appeared in a variety of genres and diverse styles, gave priority to jazz, pop-music, patriotic songs and «Show-Ballet Dolce Vita». The items presented included songs in Russian, English, French and Italian Languages. The audience, thrilled and excited over the rousing presentation, gave standing ovation and profuse applause in great appreciation to the brilliant performance of the Russian artists.
The «Oscar jazz band» team included Kseniya Maya (Vocal Solo), Victor Kipkaev (Drums), Sergey Pyzhov (Saxophone), Vyacheslav Kirykhin (Trombone), Vadim Gurbolikov (Keys and Vocal Solo), Andrey Kapustin (Bass Guitar), Irina Gracheva, Lydia Chegodaeva, Natilia Kucheriavykh (Show-Ballet Dolce Vita).
The colourful cultural extravaganza, which was organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi jointly with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, had the gracious presence of H.E. Mr. Alexander Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India. Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, and Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director of the RCSC in New Delhi and Head of Rossotrudnichestvo in India, also were present on the occasion.
The gathering comprised diplomatic corps from different missions, Indian cultural and political elite, the leadership and activists of partner NGOs, music and art lovers, Russian compatriots, media men, Russian language teachers and university students, and others.