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The fabulous concert Programme presented by the Russian Song Group "PEREPRAVA", comprising vocalists and instrumentalists donned in colourful costumes, with its mellifluous music in perfect harmony , with the orchestra, immensely enthralled the elite gathering at RCSC The group, led by Honoured Artist of Russia, Mr. Igor Talashov (vocalist and specialist in folk-instruments), Ms. Tatyana Chernova (soloist), Mr. Yuri Strzhelinskiy (expert in balalaika and bass guitar) and Ms. Yuri Prokhorov (accordionist), winner of a number of international contests, performed Russian folk songs to the accompaniment of different folk instruments such as 'balalaika', 'wooden spoon', 'flute', 'accordion' and the modern 'electric bass guitar'. Thrilled over the excellent performance, the audience gave standing ovations off and on in the course of the hour-long event.
 
 
15 December
Russian Song Group "PEREPRAVA" Enthrals Audience
The fabulous concert Programme presented by the Russian Song Group "PEREPRAVA", comprising vocalists and instrumentalists donned in colourful costumes, with its mellifluous music in perfect harmony , more ...

The inaugural function of the Second International Conference "Window into Russia: Art and Society in the XXI Century", organized by the Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL) at the India Habitat Centre on December 10, 2008, was marked by spontaneous response from the elite gathering of Russian scholars, academics and experts drawn from leading universities and higher educational institutions across the country. The conference, held in collaboration with the ICCR, Russky Mir, India Habitat Centre and Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) will continue its deliberations through its academic sessions addressed by exponents of Russian language and literature at the RCSC, in the subsequent days on December 11 and 12, 2008. In an emphatic note on the decisive role of Russian language and literature in bringing the two peoples and cultures of India and Russia nearer, the Chief Guest of the occasion, Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister for Panchayati Raj & North-Eastern Affairs, Government of India, commended the unique assistance and support provided by the erstwhile Soviet Union and Russia, a trustworthy friend in need, enabling India to stand in good stead. The Minister complimented the Russian and Indian scholars and academics spread in their endeavour in popularizing Russian language and literature in India serving a noble purpose in cultural emancipation. He expressed the hope that Russia will contribute a lot as a stronger nation towards a muli-polar world. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Prof. R. Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL and Rector, Jawarharlal Nehru University, elaborated the purpose, geneses and activities of the organization with special reference to the appreciable response from Indian students in the learning of Russian language gaining momentum with the reemergence of a new Russia. Underling the increasing interest shown by Indian people particularly students in learning the Russian language and literature, H. E. Mr. Vyacheslav I. Trubnikov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, highly lauded the consistent efforts taken by INDAPRYAL, Indian scholars and academic and the prestigious Indian universities and higher educational institutions in popularizing the language. The Ambassador referred to the success achieved by the events taken place during the Year of Russia in India, and hoped to have greater success in the forthcoming Year of India in Russia next year. Describing Russia and India, two major strategic partners with momentous cultural affinity, he underlined the major landmarks in the bilateral relations, which assumed special dimension with the recent visit of Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev. Mr. V. I. Trubnikov later released the Book entitled “Russia at the Crossroads: Language, Literature, Culture and Society in the XXI Century”. Tracing the multifarious activities being carried out in promoting the studies of Russian culture and language under the Russian Centres of Science and Culture across the country, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, referred to the significance of the great impact made by INDAPRYAL in strengthening the cultural bridge and boosting the bilateral linguistic and literary ties. In his keynote address, Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Director, Indian Council for Historical Research, traced the century-long traditional relations between India and Russia thereby dwelling at length upon the historical perspective. Prof. A. Maurya, Vice Chancellor, EFL University, Hyderabad, and Prof. S. Basu, Dean, SLLCS, JNU, paid glowing tributes to C. Aitmatov and A. Solzhenitsyn, respectively. Prof. Ranjana Saxena, General Secretary, INDAPRYAL, proposed a vote of thanks.
 
 
10 December
International Conference On Russian Language And Literature Opens
The inaugural function of the Second International Conference "Window into Russia: Art and Society in the XXI Century", organized by the Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL) more ...

 
 
 
10 December
Встреча Российской российской писательницы
Людмилы Улицкой состоялась в библиотеке РЦНК

The School of Russian Classical Ballet of RCSC organized a Concert of Classical Ballet by its students on January 23, 2008. The colourful function, dedicated to the Republic Day of India and the 105th Birth Anniversary of the Famous Russian Ballet Choreographer, George Balanchine, was attended by a large gathering. The Chief Guest of the function, Mr. Jai Prakash Agarwal, M. P.(Rajya Sabha) and President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, referred to the commendable efforts taken by the RCSC every year in marking the most significant and colourful day in the life of the people of India. He made an emphatic note on the bilateral ties in several spheres, particularly culture, growing from strength to strength with every passing year. The Guest of Honour, Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, hailed the overall diplomatic, economic, scientific and technological support provided by Russia to India. He appreciated the initiatives taken by the two sides in marking the important national days of each other with much enthusiasm. Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Director, RCSC, conveyed the good wishes of the people and Government of the Russian Federation to India on her Republic Day. He referred to the decades-long historic, traditional and time-tested relations between India and Russia spanning different spheres of life, culminating into strategic partnership, credited with commonality of interests in global issues and joint endeavour for peace and development. Mr. Maria Pavlova, Senior Executive and Programme Coordinator, RCSC, spelled out a brief note on the Russian Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine. Born on January 22, 1904, into a family of famous Georgian composers in St. Petersburg, George Balanchine received training in the Imperial Theatre School in St. Petersburg, and graduated from it with honours in 1921 at the age of 17. In 1924, he left the USSR on a tour of Western Europe, where he received larger exposure. From 1934 to 1983, Balanchine worked in New York promoting and popularizing Russian Ballet. He was stimulated by new dance forms and alloyed them to his broad experience. The founding of his ballet schools gave him the forums to institutionalize and present new dance techniques and ideas to the world. George Balanchine died in New York at the age of 79 on April 30, 1983.
 
 
23 January
Republic Day of India Marked at RCSC
The School of Russian Classical Ballet of RCSC organized a Concert of Classical Ballet by its students on January 23, 2008. The colourful function, dedicated to the Republic Day of India and the 105th Birth Anniversary of the Famous Russian Ballet Choreographer, George Balanchine, more ...

The 46th Annual Bal Mela Awards and Prizes, instituted by the Nehru Bal Samiti (NBS), were presented to over 1013 students under different age-groups from different schools of Delhi, Faridabad and NOIDA, For their excellence in performance in stage programmes and painting competitions at a colourful function, jointly organized with the RCSC, The distinguished guests at the function comprised Padmasree Mr. G. P. Chopra, President, Nehru Bal Samiti, Mr. S. P. Govil, Freedom Fighter, Hony. Secretary & Director, Nehru Bal Samiti, and Mr. A. K. Bhandari, Chief Editor and General Manager, United News of India, and a large number of award winners and their parents. The replica of Lt. Governor's Running Trophy was received by Rani Dutta Arya Vidyalay, Daryaganj, New Delhi. The NBS's prestigious Kala Bhushan Awards were presented to 10 students for their excellence in painting and performances in stage programmes during the last three consecutive years. The Kala Shree Awards were distributed to 16 students under different age-groups for their excellence in painting and receiving three or more prizes during the Bal Mela Painting Competitions, 2008. About 5000 school children had participated in the 6-day long Nehru Bal Mela-Stage Programmes, Painting Competitions and the Walk for Nehru's Ideals on the concluding day--on November 15, 2008. Besides, 391 prizes were distributed to students under three categories-I, II and III-for stage items and 595 prizes to students under three categories-I, II and III-for spot painting. Congratulating the award-winners, Mr. G. P. Chopra, President, NBS, hailed the commendable creativity of the youth, a unique feature, enabling their physical, mental and intellectual development. Pointing out that motivation can do great wonders, he noted that the innate qualities found in the young generation facilitate immense growth in the potential to flourish in their future career. Mr. Chopra hailed the inspirational sprit shown by Mr. Govil in guiding NBS from strength to strength. In a clear note of deep appreciation to the outstanding performance of school children winning the prestigious NBS awards, Mr. A. K. Bhandari, Chief Editor and General Manager, UNI, referred to the credible and enormous role played by Mr. Govil, whose devotion and dedication went a long way in the perfect upkeep of the esteemed institution NBS and promoting the artistic talents of children as the promise of our country. Wishing the award-winners greater success, Mrs. Maria Pavlova, Senior Executive and Programme Coordinator, RCSC, lauded the services of NBS and expressed the hope that there would be greater cooperation in the way of students exchange programmes during the "Year of India in Russia". Acknowledging the efforts taken by students in different faculties, Mr. S. P. Govil said he looked forward to Indian students getting more opportunities to visit Russia for great understanding. He also said that Rashtrapati Smt. Pratibha Patil had been gracious enough in sending across a cheque for Rs. 22, 000 to NBS for the purchase of a computer for the weaker section of the student community.
 
 
20 January
46th Annual Bal Mela Awards Presented at RCSC
The 46th Annual Bal Mela Awards and Prizes, instituted by the Nehru Bal Samiti (NBS), were presented to over 1013 students under different age-groups from different schools of Delhi, Faridabad and NOIDA, For their excellence in performance in stage programmes and painting competitions more ...

 
 
18 January
Concert programme by professional classical Indian musicians and dancers in RCSC marked beginning of the Year of India in Russia

Rich tributes were paid to famous Russian writer of children's literature, Arkadiy Gaidar, by speakers at a Literary Evening dedicated to his 105th Birth Anniversary, organized jointly by RCSC and Parichay Sahitya Parishad in the framework of The Year ,Smt. Urmil Satyabhushan, President, Parichay Sahitya Parishad, who presided over the function, lauded the signal contributions made by Arkadiy Gaidar to the children's world which are worth emulating for the young generation in India. Dr. Lekshmi Shankar Vajpayee, Station Director, AIR, and noted Hindi poet, was felicitated for his noteworthy contributions and achievements. He pointed out that there is a lot to draw from the precious works of Arkadiy Gaidar for Indian writers. Mrs. Maria B. Pavlova, Senior Executive and Programme Coordinator, RCSC, made a Presentation highlighting the biographical and literary landmarks in the life of the famous Russian writer of children's literature. The illuminating accounts made special reference to Arkadiy Gaidar, whose stories are very popular not only among Russian children, but also among adults. Arkadiy Gaidar found his vocation in writing children's literature, telling stories of front-line camaraderie and romanticism of the revolutionary struggle. His outstanding works are "RVS" and "Timur and his Squard". Born in 1904, he volunteered to join the Red Army during the Russian Civil War, and became a commander of a regiment at the age of 16. He retired from the army in 1924. During the early days of the Great Patriot War, he was sent to the front as a special correspondent for Pravda. He was surrounded by the German troops. He joined the partisans and became a machine gunner. On October 26, 1941, he died in combat. Arkadiy Gaidar was awarded with two Orders and several medals. Three biographical movies were made on him were released in the USSR. A number of Russian films were made based on his stories, and his books were translated into many languages. Well-known Hindi poets and writers such as Dr. Rekha Vyas and Smt. Namita Rakesh, and popular Urdu poet Dr. Seemab Sultanpuri, who spoke on the occasion, paid glowing tributes to Arkadiy Gaidar and stressed the need for more literacy exchanges for the benefit of future generation.
 
 
 
14 January
Russian Writer Arkadiy Gaidar Remembered
Rich tributes were paid to famous Russian writer of children's literature, Arkadiy Gaidar, by speakers at a Literary Evening dedicated to his 105th Birth Anniversary, organized jointly by RCSC and Parichay Sahitya Parishad in the framework of The Year , more ...

 
 
 
 
8 January
An Annual Meeting of the Alumni of Russian, dedicated to the Day of Soviet Academic Institution Foundation of Moscow State University
The Days of Russian Language and Culture, dedicated to the Annual Day of the Institution of Russian Language, RCSC, were marked on February 25 and 26, 2009 . The two-day programme comprised ”OLYMPIAD” on Russian Language and Culture for school Children, Poetry Recitation Competition, Essay Competition on “Russia in My Life” for school and college students, Painting Competition on “Russia on Canvas” for school and college students. The celebrations too off in a festive atmosphere with the Russian folk dance, Russian music, folk games, tug-of-war, etc., in which the students from the Institute of Russian Language and other schools too part in an euphoric mood. Noted Moscow Musician Lybov Busurmanova presented ancient Russian melodies and songs, playing the antique Russian musical string instrument “Gusly”. There was a Seminar, on the first day, on Foreign Language Teaching: “Foreign Languages in Kids' World: Challenges & Perspective” for Teachers of Russian Language, Literature and Culture. This was followed, on the second day, by A Language Workshop “Creating 'Mini-Russia' in the Russian Language Class”: Master-Classes on various aspects of Russian Culture in Russian language Class. The Russian Films “Prince Vladimir” and “Vovochka” were screened on February 25 and February 26, respectively. The event, aimed at popularizing Russian language and culture far and wide and bringing in the role of motivation and Russian language learning through the state-of-art technology and teaching aids and tools, was a grand success and conspicuous with the active participation of students and teachers from the schools and universities where Russian language is taught. The educational institutions included Springdales School, Pusa Road, Springdales School, Duala Kuan, Blue Bells School, DPS, Dwaraka, Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, and the Russian Company “AFK-SISTEMA”.The programmes, conducted by Dr. Girish Munjal, Director, Institute of Russian Language, were assisted and guided by Dr. Sergey V. Cherkas, Deputy Director, RCSC, and Mrs. Maria Pavlova, Senior Executive and Programme Coordinator, RCSC. The function concluded with prize (books and albums) distribution ceremony and a colourful presentation of cultural programmes of music and dance by the students of the Institute of Russian Language.
 
 
25-26 February
Days of Russian Language and Culture at RCSC
The Days of Russian Language and Culture, dedicated to the Annual Day of the Institution of Russian Language, RCSC, were marked on February 25 and 26, 2009 . The two-day programme comprised ”OLYMPIAD” on Russian Language and Culture for school Children, Poetry Recitation Competition, more ...

At a Gala Function entitled “We are the Future of Russian-Indian Friendship”, jointly organized by RCSC and International Foundation of Indian-Russian Youth Clubs on February 19, 2009, the speakers described the youth as the promise of future and emphasized their signal role in nation-building activities. The function, dedicated to the Year of Youth in Russia, started with the Inauguration of the Photo Exhibition “Russian and Indian Youth” by the Chief Guest of the function, Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Khan, director-General, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, followed by the Inauguration of the Year of Youth, and a Concert by young artists from India and Russia. In his welcome address, Dr. Sergey V. Cherkas, Deputy Director, RCSC, who hailed the spirited activities of the dynamic Indian youth and the commendable services of International Foundation of Indian-Russian Youth Clubs in promoting Russian-Indian cooperation. In an objective assessment on the talent, dynamism and brilliance of the youth, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed Khan, DG, Nehru Yuva Kendra pointed out that they are the future hope of our country. Referring to the prominent consideration, encouragement and importance consistently provided to the youth in Russia, he said it is a lesson to recall the significant role of youth as a driving force in nation-building and development. He underlined the commendable activities organized by RCSC in promoting interaction and exchanges between Indian and Russian youths. Underscoring the crucial role of Indian and Russian youths in peace and development, Mr. Dhirendra Tyagi, Vice President, DPCC, made an appreciative note on the measures being followed by both countries in boosting their spirit and capabilities. In one of the major highlights of the programme, some young leaders of different political parties congratulated the Russian youths on the Year of Youth in Russia. Those who participated, sharing the dais with Mr. Dhirendra Tyagi, Vice President, DPCC, Mr. Purnima Anand and Dr. Arvind Tyagi, General Secretary and Secretary of IFIRYC, Dr. Segey V. Cherkas and Mrs. Maria Pavlova of RCSC, comprised Mr. Anil Chaudhary, MLA, President, DPYC, Mr. Rajeev Ranjan, President, Yuva Lok Jan Shakti, Mr. Harsh Malhotra, General Secretary, Panthers Party, Dr. Deepak Tyagi, President, District Youth Congress, Mr. Bharat Bhushan, President, Jai Jawan Jai Kissan Congress, Mr. Satish Upadhyay, General Secretary, Bharatiya Janta Party, Mr. Sanjay Nagpal. General Secretary, Bahujam Samaj Party, and Mr. Pratyush Ranjan, President, Yuva Janta Dal. Awards were presented jointly by IFIRYC and Yuva Adhikar Mission in recognition to international friendship to the above persons. The elite gathering was entertained with the impressive and colourful treat of music and dance by the young Indian and Russian artists.
 
 
19 February
Emphasis on Role of Youth in Nation-Building
At a Gala Function entitled “We are the Future of Russian-Indian Friendship”, jointly organized by RCSC and International Foundation of Indian-Russian Youth Clubs on February 19, 2009, the speakers described the youth as the promise of future and emphasized their signal role in nation-building activities. more ...

Rich tributes were paid to the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin at a Literary Evening, jointly organized by the RCSC and People's Pushkin Foundation (Russia) on February 18, 2009. Mr. Dmitry Sheremetskiy, President, and Mr. Vasily Stavitskiy, Vice President, of the People's Pushkin Foundation (Russia), participated in the Literary Evening. Prof. R. Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, Dr. Girish Munjal, Director, Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, Ms. Elena A. Barman, Head of Managing Executive Commetee, Delhi Association of Russian Compatriots, representatives of Jawarharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, , Springdales School, Blue Bells School, Ms. Achala Moulik, I.A.S (Retd.), author of “Last Poem of Pushkin”, and other scholars and academics took part in the Literary Evening. Earlier, Dr. Sergey V. Cherkas, Deputy Director, RCSC, welcomed the gathering and made a presentation on Alexander Pushkin. The two volumes of “Hundred of the Best Russian Poets”, produced by the Foundation, were presented on the occasion, the copies of which were gifted to representatives of the Russian language institutions present at the Literary Evening. The discussion that followed focused on the bilateral cooperation in the translation of the poetic volumes from Russian into English and Hindi with the participation of eminent Indian scholars. The students and teachers of the Institute of Russian Language presented poetic-musical concert. The Evening concluded with the impressive presentation of ancient Russian melodies and songs by Moscow musician Lybov Busurmanova, who played the antique Russian musical string instrument named “Gusly”.
 
 
18 February
Literay Evening Pays Rich Tributes to Alexander Pushkin
Rich tributes were paid to the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin at a Literary Evening, jointly organized by the RCSC and People's Pushkin Foundation (Russia) on February 18, 2009. more ...

Speakers at a Seminar “Contemporary Russian Diplomacy and Indo-Russian Relations”, jointly organized by RCSC and Unity International Foundation and dedicated to the Day of Russian Diplomacy, held at 24-Ferozeshah Road, on February 10, 2009, were emphatic on highlighting the significance of diplomatic relations between India and Russia. Inaugurating the Seminar, the Chief Guest, Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour & Employment, Government of India, said the diplomatic ties established with the former Soviet Union even before India became independent from the colonial rule, which flourished with the passing years encompassing different spheres of life culminating into strategic partnership enabled India to have a sound base in economy, space science, defence, etc. The Minister added that salient feature of our diplomatic ties will go a long way in overcoming the economic crisis the world faces today. Earlier, welcoming the elite gathering, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, noted that one of the priority thrust areas of Russian foreign policy is the development of friendly relations with India, which over the last decade have acquired the character of a real strategic partnership. In his introductory observation, Mr. R. N. Anil, Secretary-General, Unity International Foundation, traced the background and activities of the Foundation aimed at promoting friendly relations with foreign countries with particular emphasis on relations with Russia. Enlightening the audience with a rare distinction of erudition and diplomacy, Mr. Lalit Mansingh, Former Indian Foreign Secretary, referred to the glittering landmarks in Indo-Russian relations, tracing its background from the Soviet days, which blossomed mani-fold in different fields, particularly economy, defence, science and technology, drawing immense inspiration and guidance from great visionaries such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.. He made an account of the commendable progress being made in different projects, and mentioned the target set by the two sides on trade and energy sector, thanks to the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev. Throwing light on the salient features of Russian-Indian strategic partnership, Mr. Andrei A. Sorokin, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that both Russia and India are undergoing significant changes, opening new horizons for further strengthening of strategic partnership, new avenues for cooperation, adding that the strategic partnership between Moscow and Delhi serve the key long-term interests of both countries and contributes to their geo-political rise, and the main aim of Russian diplomacy in India is to promote further development of mutually beneficial ties. Describing the bilateral ties as a role model in international relations, Mr. Mangat Ram Singhal, Minister for Social Welfare, Labour, Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, said that Russia is only country which stood by India in times of difficulties, going out of the way in making its economy, industry and defence exceptionally strong.
 
 
 
11 February
Significance of Indo-Russian Diplomatic Relations
Speakers at a Seminar “Contemporary Russian Diplomacy and Indo-Russian Relations”, jointly organized by RCSC and Unity International Foundation and dedicated to the Day of Russian Diplomacy, more ...

A Week of Russian Films of “MOSFILM” Studio, Cinema Festival dedicated to the 85th Anniversary of the biggest Russian film enterprise, jointly organized by RCSC and Film Trust India, was opened on February 6, 2009. “The Cranes are Flying” (1956) directed by Mikhail Kalatozov was the inaugural film. This was followed by the screening of “Anna Karenina” (1967) directed by Alexander Zarkhi on February 7, “Solaris” (1972) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky on February 8, and “The Rider Named Death” (2004) directed by Karen Shakhnazarov on February 9. Inaugurating the Cinema Festival, Prof. Ashish Nandi, Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies & Chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures, New Delhi, highlighted the commendable artistic values, production qualities and technological skill in cinematography demonstrated during the Soviet times, the unique tradition of which is being continued even today by the resurgent Russia. He made an emphatic reference to the sincere efforts taken by the RCSC in reviving the spirit in bringing the Russian classics for the benefit of the Indian audience, adding that renewed efforts are welcome in this regards in future. Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr Sergey V. Cherkas, Deputy Director, RCSC, pointed out that it is opportune to mark the anniversary of “MOSFILM” Studio, the biggest Russian enterprise, credited with a production of more than 2500 films, many of which received prestigious awards at various international film festivals. Its output includes most of the widely acclaimed Soviet films, ranging from the works of celebrities like Sergey Eisenstein, Andrey Tarkovsky to international cooperation of epic juggernaut “War and Peace” by Sergey Bordarchuk, he said. It is recalled that in the framework of the Year of Russia in India, “MOSFILM” Studio and its Director Karen Shakhnazarov participated in the 13th Kerala International Film Festival, which comprised the representative retrospective screening of his famous films as the special fest programme “Country in Focus—Russia”. In his address, Mr. Anwar Jamal, National Award-Winning Film-Maker and President of Film Trust India, traced the activities of the film organization, primarily focusing on promoting and popularizing the classics and masterpieces of noted film makers from the countries of Asia. Describing the Russian films being screened at the festival as all-time classics of international repute, he said that such cinema festivals being organized by the RCSC could provide youngsters and film-lovers with enormous opportunity of having unique glimpses on various aspects of film-making. Mr. U. Radhakarishnan, Film Trust India, proposed a Vote of Thanks.
 
 
6 February
Russian Film Festival Opened at RCSC
A Week of Russian Films of “MOSFILM” Studio, Cinema Festival dedicated to the 85th Anniversary of the biggest Russian film enterprise, jointly organized by RCSC and Film Trust India, was opened on February 6, 2009. “The Cranes are Flying” (1956) directed by Mikhail Kalatozov was the inaugural film more ...

 
16-18 March
Film Festival Devoted to Youth in Delhi College
A Russian film festival devoted to youth has taken place in one of the leading colleges of Indian capital “Jamilia Milia Islamia” on March 16-18. The Festival was organized jointly by RCSC and the governing body of the college in the frame of the Year of Youth in Russia.
 
A week-long Documentary Photo Exhibition, dedicated to the 75th Birth Anniversary of World's First Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, jointly organized RCSC, Indo-Russian Friendship Society and International Federation of ndo-Russian Youth Clubs, was opened at the RCSC, on March 10, 2009. The photos displayed at the exhibition feature important stages of the life and career of Yuri Gagarin with particular emphasis on the preliminary preparations and scientific training of the historic space flight, the launching and landing of the Vostok-1 which carried him to space, his memorable visit to India and meeting with Jawaharlal Nehru, clippings of Russian media carrying the observations made by Jawaharlal Nehru on Gagarin's space flight as world's first cosmonaut, and others. The Chief Guest on the occasion, Mr. Jai Prakash Agarwal, M. P. (Rajya Sabha) and President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), described Yuri Gagari as the proud son of Russia who created history as the first cosmonaut in the world bringing glory to mankind through his unprecedented scientific space exploration. Paying glowing tributes to Yuri Gagarin, referring to him as a legendary figure remaining close to the minds and hearts of the people of India, Mr. Agarwal recalled his memorable visit to India, when the people accorded to him a heroic welcome, and meeting with Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. He observed that the bilateral cooperation in space science formed an important aspect of Indo-Russian relations spanning different spheres of life. Earlier, welcoming the elite gathering, Mr. Sergey Isaev, Head of Science and Technology, RCSC, noted that the birth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin is marked across the world in recognition to his significant contributions to space science. Yuri Gagarin loved India very much as a great friend of Russia, and chose to visit the country, its leaders and people following his successful historic space flight blazing a new trail in scientific exploration beneficial to mankind. Dr. R. B. Singh, General Secretary, India-Russian Friendship Society, and Mrs. Purnima Anand, General Secretary, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, participated in the function.
 
 
10 March
Documentary Photo Exhibition on Yuri Gagarin
A week-long Documentary Photo Exhibition, dedicated to the 75th Birth Anniversary of World's First Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, jointly organized RCSC, Indo-Russian Friendship Society and International Federation of ndo-Russian Youth Clubs, was opened at the RCSC, on March 10, 2009. more ...
A Gala Function "Congratulations to Our Lovely Ladies, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, and The Indus Entrepreneurs, dedicated to the International Women's Day, was held at RCSC, on March 5, 2009. The Chief Guest of the function, Mr. Sunil Shastri, former Union Minister and President of the Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Masdoor Congress, referred to the significant contributions made by the women to the service of society and betterment of mankind. He described them as virtual role models worth emulating for others. He gave away trophies and presented Honour of Excellence to some outstanding women, both Russian and Indian, who made a mark in their respective fields. Mrs. Maria B. Pavlova, Senior Executive and Programme Coordinator, RCSC, and Mrs. Purnima Anand, General Secretary, Indo-Russian Youth Club, jointly conducted the proceedings of the function. Mrs. Elena Barman, President, Delhi Association of Russian Compatriots (DARC), Mrs. Klera Singh, News Reader, AIR, from the Russian side, and Ms. Preeti Khanna, M. D. M.C.I. India, Ms. Anju Gupta, Chartered Accountant, and Shivani Pasrich, M.D., Pasrich Group, all leading entrepreneurs, shared their experience and presented success stories to the immense interest of the gathering. The students of the School of Russian Classical Ballet, under the guidance of its teacher Galina Lyakhova, gave an impressive cultural programme comprising colourful dance numbers such as Spanish and Russian Folk dance, Indian Bharatnatyam, etc.
 
 
5 March
International Women's Day Marked at RCSC
A Gala Function "Congratulations to Our Lovely Ladies, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, and The Indus Entrepreneurs, dedicated to the International Women's Day, was held at RCSC, on March 5, 2009. more ...

The emphasis on sharing information on exploration of space particularly on the study of astronomy for the benefit of mankind emerged at a Video Conference "Russian-Indian Cooperation in Space: from the Past into the Future", linking Delhi and Moscow, at the Information Department of the Russian Federation in India on March 5, 2009. The Video Conference was attended by a fair number of science enthusiasts. Mr. Shantanu Bhatawdekar, Scientist-Engineer, Office on Special Duty, Indian Space Research Organization (1SRO), Department of Space, Government of India, Dr. N. (Mrs.) Rathnasree, Director, Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi, and Mr. ?. ?. Devgun, President, Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), participated from the Indian side, and Mr. Georgy Grechko, Russian Cosmonaut, twice Hero of the USSR, space pilot of the USSR, holder of three decorations of Lenin, hero of Czechoslovak Republic, holder of Indian decoration Kirti Chakra, and Mr. Alexander Boyarchuk, Director, Institute of Astronomy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Representative of Russian Federation Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) from the Russian side participated in the Video Conference. Mr. Georgy Grechko, who successfully underwent a series of space missions was all praise for the commendable achievements made by Indian scientists in space science, particularly the Chandrayan mission carried out by the ISRO. He pointed out that it would be in the broader interest of the scientific community of both Russia and India in particular and humanity in general that the scientific data gathered through observations and sophisticated payloads. On his personal experience of viewing earth from space, Mr. Grechko described it as a magnificent spectacle. Mr. Alexander Boyarchuk, an exponent in astronomy, reiterated that astronomy is not just a branch of physics, but a significant faculty serving mankind as the future promise. Referring to the decades-long bilateral cooperation in space science, he said that the joint projects undertaken so far brought the scientific communication of both sides closer. Mr. Boyarchuk was emphatic on registering his deep appreciation on the landmark scientific feats fulfilled by Indian scientists, as well as the keen interest and scientific spark shown by the people of India, especially the young generation. Mr.Shantanu Bhatawdekar, while acknowledging the momentous cooperation from the USSR in providing telemetry and radar for TERLS, in the launching of Aryabhata and Bhaskara, the Brahmos missile project, etc., underscored the important milestones established through strenuous efforts of Indian scientists and engineers under the ISRO in the indigenous development of SLVs and the latest Chandrayan obtaining valuable useful data from the near Moon orbit. Dr. N. Rathnasree, duly hailing the enormous scientific achievements made by Russia in space science, particularly astronomy, laid stress on the necessity of more and more exchanges among the youth of both countries for equipping themselves with the treasure of knowledge on the cosmos by mutual sharing and interaction. She suggested that such video conferences on a permanent basis would help Indian youth to a larger extent in the prompt comprehension of scientific faculties of the universe, especially intricacies of space science. Mr. ?. ?. Devgun, while recalling the memorable experience of the team of Indian students in witnessing the Total Solar Eclipse in Russia in August, 2008, said that the visit to the Star City was instrumental in updating the knowledge on space science for the Indian students. He called upon the Russian side to make available the young people for extensive interaction and visit to Indian scientific installations.
 
 
 
 
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Indo-Russian Cooperation in Space: Emphasis on Study of Astronomy
The emphasis on sharing information on exploration of space particularly on the study of astronomy for the benefit of mankind emerged at a Video Conference "Russian-Indian Cooperation in Space: from the Past into the Future", linking Delhi and Moscow, at the Information Department of the Russian Federation more ...