Construction & reconstruction. Painting by Adarsh Sinha. Source: Alexander Tomas
Ten young Indian artists, filmmakers, politicians, and businessmen visited Russia for a week and a half as participants in the New Generation Presidential Program. They shared their impressions at a roundtable held at the Russian Center of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi in the presence of prominent politicians and noted figures in the fields of culture and the arts.
|Adarsh Sinha. Indian probers. Source: Alexander Tomas|
According to Anastasia Khokhlova, head of the cultural department of the RCSC, India joined the program for the first time this year. “We are expecting more than ten people to be able to go to Russia next year, and our participation in the program to expand,” she said. “Especially since we received the warmest reviews about the trip from the Indians. All of the participants in the program are full of creative plans.”
The trip, which took place from August 18 to 27, was organized through Rossotrudnichestvo (the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation) and completely paid for by the Russian federal budget, including airfare, accommodation, food, and visits to cultural events and museums.
“Moscow is one large work of art,” artist Adarsh Sinha, a participant in the program, said. “For me, as an artist, such a trip is priceless. I painted five paintings and visited the International Center of the Roerichs, which features paintings by one of my favourite painters, Nicholas Roerich, who lived in India for many years.”
Adarsh Kumar Sinha. Consonance of Indian and Russian architecture. Source: Alexander Tomas
Director Aviral Raj Sharma shot a 45-minute documentary during the trip, which he says “will be ready soon.”
“My favourite thing in Russia was the ballet,” he said. “I think it would be interesting to base a ballet on stories from Indian mythology. Russia is permeated with art – it’s everywhere – in the architecture, in the people.”
The itinerary included an excursion around Moscow and Suzdal, a visit to the Tretyakov Gallery and other museums, the Mosfilm studios and meetings with members of the press.
Adarsh Sinha. Art and architecture. Source: Alexander Tomas
“Cultural exchanges are necessary for the development of bilateral relations between Russia and India,” said Dalbir Singh, National Secretary of the All India Congress Committee, who took part in the roundtable. “Our countries have a lot in common that we can share with each other, as well as a lot that is completely different, which we can help each other discover.”
The program of short introductory trips to Russia by young representatives of political, public, scientific, and business circles from foreign countries was established by a presidential decree on October 19, 2011.
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