A photo exhibition dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Russia-India diplomatic relations was inaugurated in the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) located in Naggar, West Himalayas, on May 1 this year.
The exposition organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture with the participation of the Russian Embassy to India includes 30 photographs. Photographers have captured key events in the relations between two nations – from the first visits of independent India’ leaders to the Soviet Union in the 1950s to the BRICS summit which took place in New Delhi last March.
It is highly symbolical that the photo chronicle begins with a unique archive picture made by Jawaharlal Nehru in Naggar during the meeting with Nicholas Roerich. A prominent Russian artist, philosopher and scientist discussed then with the future first Prime Minister of India the development of contacts between his motherland and its sister – the great India which was at the threshold of liberation from a colonial oppression. The official establishment of the diplomatic relations between two countries took place several years later – on April 13, 1947, 4 months before the India’s independence.
Numerous guests gathered for the inauguration of the exhibition – residents of the Himalayas’ Kullu valley, the Indian and foreign tourists, including the Russians, students, teachers of the Elena Roerich College of Art under the IRMT, Dr. Alena Adamkova, Executive Director cum Curator since 2002. A representative delegation from the Russian Embassy to India has also visited this festive occasion in Naggar. The event has attracted wide attention of mass media, including local television.
Mr Sergey Karmalito, senior counsellor of the Russian Embassy, Mr Kamlesh Sharma, principal of Elena Roerich College of Art, and Mr K.S.Thakur, chairman of the parents committee of this College, were given the honour to inaugurate the event. By ancient tradition the oil lamp was lightened to symbolize the aspiration for harmony, beauty, peace and wealth.
“Today’s event has a special meaning – by organizing this exhibition we pay tribute to the members of the Roerich family, who made invaluable contribution to strengthening ties between the peoples of Russia and India,” - mentioned Mr Karmalito in his speech.
He reminded that the 65th jubilee of the Russia-India diplomatic relations, which is celebrated this year, coincides with the 20th anniversary of the IMRT founding, which will be broadly feasted here, in Naggar, in July. The diplomat ensured that the IMRT continues to be one of important instruments of the Russian-Indian cultural interaction. It will contribute to the intensification of the bilateral cooperation, which reached the level of the special and privileged strategic partnership.
The exhibition was gracefully accompanied by several classical Indian songs and musical compositions brilliantly performed by the college students.