On 10th June in ‘Trident’, the fashionable hotel of Mumbai, a ceremonial reception was organized to mark the Day of Russia. H. E. Mr. A. A. Novikov, the Consul General of Russia in Mumbai and Mr. S. Mullick, the Chief of the Protocol, the Govt. of Maharashtra inaugurated the event with the national anthems of India and Russia. Amongst the guests there were activists from the field of science, culture, businessmen, famous journalists and diplomats. More than 800 guests of the ‘Big Day’ could get acquainted with the grand photo-exhibition ‘Palaces of the Russian Kings and princes- from the North to the South’, prepared by the RCSC in Mumbai, on which we can see on the display the ‘class 1’ photographs of the palaces of St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Pushkin and the palaces of Crimea: in Alupka (Prince M. S. Vorontsov), in Massandra (Emperor Alexander III), in Livadia (Emperor Nicholas II), in Koreiz (Prince F. F. Yusupov), Dulber (Prince P. N. Romanov), ‘The Swallow’s Nest’ and others. Many photographs are kept on display for the viewers for the first time. On the map of Crimea, that is kept on display, certain places are marked, that are the locations of the famous summer cottage-houses of the famous Russian names that stand for the Russian culture, i. e. A. M. Gorky ‘Tesseli’, A. P. Chekhov, L. N. Tolstoy, as well as places, connected with the literary creations of A. S. Pushkin. An important place in the exposition is given to the visit of J. Stalin, the chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, F. Roosevelt, the President of the USA and W. Churchill, the British Prime Minister to Crimea and to the work of the conference in Crimea. This visit to Crimea was organized on invitation of J. Stalin.
The brightest and memorable event of this ‘Big Day’ became the performance of the Jazz Band ‘Real Jam’ before the audience. Russian musicians, who gave a masterly performances of Rock-N-Roll and Jazz surprised the Indian audience, breaking the stereotypes about the Russian artistes as the performers only of folk-songs and dances or of the numbers from the Russian classical ballet.
On the screens, placed in the hall, guests saw the film ‘The Russian Ark’ by the world-famous Russian film- director Alexander Sokurov. Guests-lovers of the Russian classical music, enjoyed the waltzes of the Russian composers- M. I. Glinka, A. S. Griboedov, P. I. Tchaikovsky, N. A. Rimsky – Korsakov, S. S. Prokofyev, D. D. Shostakovich, A. I. Khachaturyan, T. N. Khrennikov, G. V. Sviridov, N. V. Bogoslovsky, P. Gliera and A. N. Pakhmutova.
A great number of variety of drinks and dishes from the Russian cuisine, including pies, pan-cakes and pies with meat, fish and cabbage fillings, prepared by the wives of the Russian diplomats, were offered to the guests.
The local mass media showed a great interest in the celebrations of the Day of Russia.