The Photo Exhibition “CRIMEA TODAY” opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi on January 15, 2017, organised by ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO (Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Russian Compatriots Living abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation) jointly with the Regional Public Organisation “Face to Face: Promoting the Dialogue between Religions and Cultures” virtually reflected the genuine progress that the region has attained. The exhibition in every sense of the word demonstrated the heart and soul of Crimea.
The exhibition comprises 80 photos, which had been shot by Moscow and Crimean photographers from 2015 to 2016. Mr. Rafael Fainberg, Managing Director of “Face to Face” and Curator of the Exhibition from Moscow was present on the occasion.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion included Major Dalbir Singh, Co-President, International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia” and National Secretary, All-Indian Congress Committee (AICC), Mr. J. P. Agarwal, Ex M.P. and former President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan, Head of Slovanic and Finno-Ugrian Studies, Delhi University, Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, and others.
Recalling the impression he had on his visit to Crime, Major Dalbir Singh lauded the wonderful progress and achievements accomplished there in harmony with peace and tranquillity generating a sort of captivating appeal to people to visit the place and enjoy the glory.
Making an emphatic note on the genuine friendship with Russia, Mr. J. P. Agarwal reiterated the humanitarian activities initiated by Russia in promoting bilateral cultural bond through creative expositions such as the ideal one presently displayed through the splendid photo exhibition.
Referring to Crimea, Mr. Sergey Karmalito forthcoming in profusely hailing its charm and serenity against the backdrop of progress and prosperity, and he urged the people to enjoy the beauty of Crimea. He said that at the International Conference held there last year, in which Major Dalbir Singh was a participant, it was decided to form the International Society “Friends of Crimea”.
Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan described Yalta as the memorial, where Anton Chekhov, the eminent Russian playwright and short-story writer, did most of his important works. She touched upon the captivating ambiance and environment accompanied by the socio-economic development of Crimea. Pointing out that she attended an International Conference on Russian Language and Literature in Yalta last summer, she expressed the hope of visiting the Republic of Crimea again.
Underlining the significance of the photo exhibition, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy stressed that the objective of the exhibition was to appraise the people on the realistic phenomenon existing in Crimea, and not based on foreign publicity sometimes more unfriendly and untruthful.
The Curator of the Exhibition Mr. Rafael Fainberg explained in brief the historic background and artistic efforts involved in organising the exposition.
An elite gathering who attended the inaugural function truly enjoyed the beauty and splendour of the photos reflecting the life of Crimea.
The exhibition shows the current life of the peninsula, its beauty and uniqueness, and the exposition focuses on creative labour and recreation, everyday life and holidays of Crimeans. People of different culture, ethnic nationality and religion live here for thousands of years: Christians, Muslims, Jews, Crimean Tatars, Russians, Ukrainians, Karaims, etc. Meeting them can not only broaden the horizon of visitors, but lso highlight the fact that Crimea is a land of peace and harmony. Many cities and villages of the Republic of Crimea were shot for the exhibition, such as Simferopol, Yevpatoria and Kerch, Yalta, Bakhchisaray, Koktebel, Sudak, Chersonesus, Balaklava, etc. Topics of the pictures may vary. Some of them are Navy Day in Sevastopol, The Winners, Crimean Vastness; People of Labour; Yevpatoria, a small Jerusalem; In the Crimean Streets; The Ancient and Young Chersonesus, etc