The Seventh Series of the three-day Art Camp titled “Indian Artists Paint Russia”, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA) on the theme “Roerichs’ Family-Connection between Russians and Indians”, was opened on May 29, 2017. The Art Camp, aimed at marking the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India, is dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the International Roerichs’ Memorial Trust, Naggar, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.
Padma Bhushan M. Jatin Das, eminent Indian artist, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Fifteen artists from North India are participating in the Art Camp, A mix of young talents, established professional artists and amateur artists in the age group 22-62 constituted the participants.
Addressing the gathering of artists, art critics, Russian compatriots, language students and others, Chief Guest Mr. Jatin Das said that the Art Camp is unique with the salient feature of the participants belonging to amateur and professional categories of artists with a new spirit, enthusiasm and inspiration reflecting in the venture. He recalled his first foreign travel to the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1962 which left an indelible impression on the importance given to this field of art.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sergey V. Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, noted that the Art Camp assumes special dimension as having organised within the framework of the 70th anniversary of Russian-Indian Diplomatic Relations and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of International Roerichs’ Memorial Trust. A number of cultural events are being organised across the country to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, he added. M. Karmalito further said that the forthcoming Summit Meeting between Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi at St. Petersburg on June 1 and the subsequent Indo-Russian Business Forum within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Business Forum on June 2 are significant in the on-going bilateral relations.
Mr. Vimal Mehta, President, FIPA, said that the Art Camp of such nature is held only at the RCSC in New Delhi and no other RCSCs around the world. He hoped to have such joint venture being organised in the SARC Countries in the future.
As a mark of opening the Art Camp, Mr. Jatin Das, with the stroke of his brush on the canvas, made a drawing sketch on the dancing pose of a lady using acrylic.