The exhibition heralded the three-month-long Festival of Russian Culture and Arts marking the RCSC’s 50th anniversary in New Delhi.RCSC
Shanti Kushwaha’s paintings on display at the solo exhibition, ‘India and Russia - a Duet,’ are works of classical Russian academic portraiture, comprising life models, including children of India and Russia, women in sarees, Rajasthani attire and Russians in native Sarafan. The paintings also reflected on her affinity towards nature where she worked on the landscapes of India and Russia.
The exhibition heralded the three-month-long Festival of Russian Culture and Arts marking the RCSC’s 50th anniversary in New Delhi, as well as the 90th anniversary of Russian Public Diplomacy under the aegis of Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Russian Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation).
Participating in the event were Major Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-Indian Congress Committee, and Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President of INDAPRYAL (Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature). They said Kushwaha’s paintings demonstrate the cultural life and affinity of both countries.
Shanti Kushwaha (C). Source: RCSC
Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor at the Russian Embassy spoke of the significance of the painting exhibition by the promising artist as having a link with two landmark anniversaries. He presented her with a book on eminent Russian artist Vasily Vereschagin. It was a gift from the Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, in appreciation of her excellence and contributions.
In his welcome address Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, greatly appreciated Kushwaha’s paintings whose works embodies the strengthening of cultural bonds between Russia and India.
Kushwaha was born in Moscow to an Indian father and Russian mother. She studied art at the College of Fine Arts at Nizhny Novgorod and at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Teachers’ University, Moscow. This was followed by a two-year scholarship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) to study at the Painting Faculty, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
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