A three-day long Russian-Indian Science and Space Film Festival, dedicated to the 80th Birth Anniversary of world’s first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on March 15, 2017.
Jointly organised with the Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and Citizens’ Film Forum, the festival provided an opportunity to watch both space science-related films from Russia and award-winning films of the previous National Science Film Festivals of India.
After the inaugural ceremony, films such as “Valentina Tereshkova” (Russian film in English) and “Global Warming” (Indian film in English) were screened before an elite gathering.
Describing the salient features and significance of science films, best suited to the occasion like the birth anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Forum, lauded the excellent response received on science film festivals from the audience which signalled the relevance and prominence of the topic. He duly acknowledged the efforts and initiative of the RCSC in the successful conduct of film festivals and presenting the best available films. Mr. Mehta underlined the crucial role played by films as an effective audio-visual media in educating, motivating, informing, entertaining and communicating the general public. He also pronounced some inspiring words for youngsters to make films.
Hailing the perfect timing of the Russian-Indian Science and Space Film Festival, Mr. Nimish Kapoor, Principal Scientist, Vigyan Prasar, complemented the RCSC in its gesture in working jointly for the showcasing of appropriate Russian films so as to imbibe scientific temper, enthusiasm and curiosity among the young generation. Mr. Kapoor took the opportunity to trace the early life and colourful scientific career of Valentina Tereshkova, worth emulating for young aspiring scientists. Referring to various innovative projects in the field of science films, he expressed hope on joint efforts for the benefit of people at large.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Mr. Alexander Zhmyrev, Chief Consultant, Science & Technology, RCSC, noted that Valentina Tereshkova blazed a new trail through her historic space odyssey and chronicled a brilliant chapter in space science beneficial to mankind. He referred to the Photo Exhibition and the screening of a documentary movie organised at the RCSC in the first week of the month as a fitting tribute to the Russian cosmonaut. Describing Valentina Tereshkova as an active public figure, who dedicated her life to develop international ties of Russia, she decorated several high-ranking positions and won prestigious laurels for her unprecedented feat in space science, Mr. Alexander Zhmyrev pointed out.
During the film festival, there will be a demonstration of space food being used by cosmonauts during their space flight.
The inaugural ceremony was covered by the DD News Channel.