An impressive Exhibition of Paintings was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on November 13, 2018. Organised by the RCSC jointly with the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists (FIPA), the exhibition showcased paintings created by the participants of the VIIth Annual Art Camp “Indian Artists Paint Russia” on the theme “Tourism as a Source of Inspiration”. The exhibition is dedicated to the “Year of Tourism between Russia and India - 2018”.
Ms. Ludmila Filippova, Chief Coordinator (Culture & Information), RCSC, made the welcome address.
Mr. Vimal Mehta, President of FIPA, in his introductory remarks, made an overall review of the objectives and activities of FIPA in its decade-long existence aimed at encouraging amateur artists and promoting young talents keeping in view the paramount factor of strengthening bilateral relations. He referred to the remarkable response from the public, art-lovers, enthusiasts and media in their earlier annual art camps and painting exhibitions.
The highlight of the function was the gracious presence of the Special Guest Padma Sree, Padma Bhushan and President of the All-India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), Sree Ram V. Sutar, eminent Sculptor of World’s Tallest Statue “Statue of Unity” of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. He congratulated and blessed the young artists, hailed the activities of the RCSC and FIPA and watched the paintings. He was duly felicitated by the organisers the RCSC and FIPA.
The Chief Guest Sri Advaita Charan Garanayak, Director-General, National Gallery of Modern Art, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, congratulated the artistic talent and sincere efforts of artists,both amateur and professionals, whose paining works have been displayed at the exhibition. He appreciated the initiative and endeavour of the RCSC in promoting art and culture as a unique link in intensifying Indo-Russian relations.
Certificates were presented to the participants of the Art Camp whose works were on display at the exhibition
A cultural programme of Classical Kathak Dance performance presented by a group of students from Sangeet Niketan, Ballimaran, Delhi, guided by Ms. Medha Bhargava, entertained the gathering.