“DRUZHBA”, a year-long Festival to mark the 70th anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India, began in Trivandrum on January 10, 2017.
The colourful event started with the performance of a music concert by famous Russian singer Sati Kazanova and Indian musician Kavalam Sreekumar.
The inaugural function took place at the Banquet Hall of Hotel SP Grand Days in Trivandrum.
Ms. Sati Kazanova is one of the famous singers in Russia, who promotes Indian culture and tradition. She sang during the cultural programme "Friends of India" organized for the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, during his official visit to Moscow in December 2015.
Mr. Kavalam Sreekumar is a famous play-back singer in South India. Their concert comprising Indian Vedic Manthras and Russian songs lasted for over 90 minutes. The concert was literally a unique blend of Russian and Indian music and turned into a journey through the traditions and civilizations of both Russia and India. More than 200 people, including senior politician, film actors, writers, bureaucrats and members of Russian Centre of Science and Culture, attended the programme.
Addressing an elite gathering before the concert, Ms. Sati Kazanova stressed the role of cultural exchange programmes in strengthening bilateral relationship between Russia and India. “Usually, we say that Russia and India are time-tested friends, but I would like to add that our two countries are time-tested traditional friends. We share the same feelings and thoughts. Our positions in the foreign policies of both countries are high. Over and above, millions of peoples in Russia and India place the cultures of both countries in their hearts. This formed the very foundation of our relationship. I thank ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO for promoting this friendship”.
Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum, earlier welcomed the gathering.