The Painting Exhibition by Russian Artists “Russian Atlantis - 2017” was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on November 22, 2017. Jointly organised with the Saint Petersburg Centre of Humanitarian Programs, the exhibition was dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India.
This is the first time that the Saint Petersburg Centre of Humanitarian Programs is visiting India and presenting the exhibition. Mr Vitalii Vasilev, President, Saint Petersburg Centre of Humanitarian Programs, and Mrs Irina Dashevskaia, Curator of the Exhibition, were present at the inaugural function.
As H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, has rightly said the magnificent exhibition virtually reflected the soul of Russia worth imbibing for the Indian people. He lauded the commendable humanitarian programmes of the Saint Petersburg Centre, and expressed his hope for an excellent response for the exhibition in India.
Mr Fedor Rozovskiy in his welcome remarks noted that the Russian artists would be staying in India for a couple of months in order to put up the exhibition in different cities aimed having a wider exposure to the artistic works and to the benefit of broader viewership.
The Chief of the function Mr C. S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Akademy, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, who inaugurated the exhibition was all praise for Russian people who highly valued the cultural heritage of the country. Recalling his impression over his recent visit to Russia, during which he received an award from the Russian Academy of Art and the covetous Membership, a unique distinction for a foreigner. He hailed the remarkable achievements of Russia and described its relations with India as distinct and extraordinary from other countries.
Mrs Surjit Akre, President, Roerichs’ Museum and Art Club, RCSC, narrated the novel presentation of the exhibition with its impressive ideas and lauded the efforts of the artists.
Mr Bhubaneswar Kalita, M.P. (Rajya Sabha) and Chief Whip of Indian National Congress, spoke on the steady and smooth decades-long cultural bond between India and Russia.
Mr Vitalii Vasilev making his observation dwelt at length upon the decade-long functioning of the Saint Petersburg Centre of Humanitarian Programs and its multifarious activities at home and abroad. He was delighted to acknowledge the tremendous response the project received from general public and artists in particular during his extensive travels.