Activites in 2007

Activities at the Russian cultural centre began in a colourful way. The Bastenki group which consisted of 7 artistes performed Russian Traditional and folk songs on 2nd January. The group was led by Nadeshda Luganskaya. They performed songs and dances from the Western Siberian and Altai Region. The performance was held in the packed auditorium of the Russian Cultural Centre. The troupe has brought Russian traditional instruments such as Balalaika, Bayan, Goosli, Gudok etc.
Customized Choreography and traditional musical instruments in vogue with the inhabitants of Western Siberian region during the 19th and 20th centuries were used. Majority of the songs were sourced from the old believers of this region. The ensemble performed dances, round dances, songs of ancient Russian wedding rituals and rituals of Christmas. The Back drop of this year’s concert was winter. The concert lasted for 90 minutes.
Under the auspices of the Russian Cultural Centre, another concert was organized at Perunthalmanna of Malappuram District. This performance was organized in association with the Pernthalmanna Urban co-operative Bank.
. An exhibition of the books written by Alexei Tolstoy was held at the main lobby of the centre on 10 January 2007. This was organized in connection with the 110th birth anniversary of the Russian writer Alexei Tolstoy.
Like last year, in January 2007, we organized a special photo exhibition tilled ‘Rozdesthvo-07’. The exhibition of photographs of Russian orthodox Churches, rituals Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Metropolitans were exhibited from 5th January to 8th January.
2 films were screened at the Centre on 24 and 26 January 2007. The first film ‘War and Peace’ was shown on 24th January. This was shown in connection with the 65th Birth Anniversary of M.Savileva who acted in the movie “War and Peace”. The second movie was shown on 26th January in connection with the birth anniversary of the Russianfilm.
Exhibition of books on Russian orthodox churches, books on religious activities in Russia, Text of speeches, books written by Metropolitan Kirill were also exhibited. This years ‘Rozhdesthvo’ exhibition was significant thanks to the visit of the Head of the External church Relation of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Kirill to Kerala in December 2006. The exhibition was held at the Roerich Art Gallery and was open to the public from 10 am to 5pm
A Special issue of Novaya Vesna- The New Spring- was released in connection with the visit of H.E.The President of Russian Federation to India. The Magazine was brought out with the active help of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi. Scholares and writers from both the countries contributed to the Magazine.

Janury

February
Seminar on “Carrying forward the Strategic Partnership” was held at the Russian Cultural Centre to highlight the official visit of Russian President H.E. Vladimir Putin to India. Former permanent representative of India to the UN Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan inaugurated the Seminar. Addressing the audience, Mr. Sreenivasan pointed out that the recent Indo-Russian summit was the beginning of a multi-polar world than the improvement in the bilateral relation.
Putin’s tenure as President has strengthened the position of Russia. The ties between India and Russia has strengthened after Putin took over, said Mr. Sreenivasan.
ShajiVarkey, Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Kerala said that the friendship between India and Russia would be a model for the world. Ratheesh. C. Nair, Director, Russian Cultural Centre presided over the function.
The seminar was held at the Russian Cultural Centre on 1st February to mark the visit of the Russian President
Exhibition of the essays and photograph on Indo-Russian relations in the field of Industry was organized on 2 February. The exhibition was organized in connection with the anniversary of signing the agreement on Bhilai Steel Plant. The Bhilai Steel Plant was set up with the support of the USSR government. Photographs exhibited gave an idea about the co-operation between two countries in Industry.
Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum organized an unique Exhibition of photographs highlighting Russia’s achievements in the field of the development of metallurgy especially rare metals. President and CEO of the AVISMA Titanium Sponge factory Dr. Vladislav Tityuhin inaugurated the exhibition. Exhibition started on 14 February 2007 and was open to public till 18 February.
Inaugurating the Exhibition, Dr.Tityuhin said that Titanium was the metal of the twenty first century and co-operation between Russia and India would go a long way in promoting the growth. He also expressed desire to tie up with Kerala Mineral and Metals Ltd. under the Government of Kerala in manufacturing Titanium Sponge and Titanium Tetra Chloride.
More than 40 photographs were exhibited at the Art Gallery of the Russian Cultural Centre. AVISMA’s role in providing Titanium sponge to the international market was also highlighted.
Presence of more women in Power can solve many problems in the society Women coming to power would help to many problems in the society, said Tatiana Chertoritskaya, President of the Women Social-Democratic Concress of Russia. She was inaugurating a seminar titled Dialogue of Civilization, organized by the Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum on 17 February She said that Women were closely associated with old people and children and hence presence of women in the Government would solve the problems of the society in an easier way.
In Russia percentage of Women in the Government and Parliament should be increased. Now the parliament is having only 10% women. In 1983 it was 16%. Out of 87 Governors only 1 Governor belongs to women community. But comparing with other countries, women in Russia contribute greatly in all fields of life. As faras in the literally field Russians do not differentiate between women and men, said Tatyana Chertoritskaya.
There were 6 member delegation representing Dialogue of Civilization and Women Congress attended the seminar. They also met people representing different walks of life. Ratheesh C. Nair, Director, Russian Cultural Centre presided over the function. 9 newspapers and 4 TV Channel covered the programme.
Writers like Dr.Sudha Warrier, Ms.Sulochana Ram Mohan, Ms. Girija Sethunath, Dr. K.S.Ravi Kumar, Prof.Shaji Varky of Department of Politics, Ms.Sushama of All India Radio and members of the Russian Speakers Forum participated in the Seminar.
130 years ago on February 18, the first Lady Doctor started practicing in Russia. An exhibition on Medical Education in Russia, Health Service in Russia and achievements of women in the fields of medicine, Science and Technology was organized in connection with the 130th anniversary of the ‘Russia’s First Lady Doctor’. This exhibition lasted for 3 days.
Immediately after the exhibition on First Lady Doctor, Another exhibition started on 21 February. This time, the viewers of the exhibition had an opportunity to see the photographs of the Russian Museums. The exhibition was organized in connection with 135th anniversary of the foundation of Moscow Historical Museum. More than 50% of the photographs exhibited, were those of Moscow Museum. Brief note on the museum was also exhibited. The exhibition lasted for 2 days.to India.
Russian Defence Day marked. Under the auspices of the Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum, the Russian Defence Day was celebrated by organizing a talk on Russian- Indian Relations in the Military Field and conducting a photo- Exhibition on SUKHOI- THE CROWNING GLORY OF RUSSIAN AIRFORCE. The function was held at the Centre on 23 February 2007. Commanding Officer Vinod Mathew delivered the keynote address on the subject ‘Russian- Indian Military Relations’. Mr. Vinod Mathew pointed out that Russia was and is the most trust-worthy friend of India. Russia had always been with India whenever India had needed supports from a nation that had advanced military technology. The strength of Indo-Russian relationship was reflected in the military and technical co-operation between both the Countries. The tie-up in the joint manufacturing of Sukhoi aircraft could be made only between the two friendly Nations like India and Russia. Signing of agreement between our two nations in manufacturing multi propose air craft was another classical example of our relations, said Commanding Officer Vinod Mathew. He also visited the Photo exhibition.
Photo exhibition - Photo Exhibition titled SUKHOI - THE CROWNING GLORY OF RUSSIAN AIRFORCE was organized at the Roerich Art Gallery from 23 to 27 February. The Exhibition was open to public from 10 am to 5 pm. More than 40 photographs of different Sukhoi Air crafts were exhibited. Photographs exhibited reflected Russia’s achievements in making advanced aircraft. Photographs of SU-30 and SU-32 attracted the visitors to the Exhibition Hall. Photos of the Sukhoi designing Company and photograph of Sukhoi performing in the Bangalore Air Show was also exhibited.
‘Interest to learn Indian culture in Russia is increasing’. Dr. Alexander Dubensky, who heads the Tamil Language Department at the Moscow State University said that more people in Russia were interested to learn India’s culture and literature. He was inaugurating a seminar on ‘Indology in Russia’ organised by the Russian Cultural Centre in association with the Department of Linguistics , University of Kerala. After the disintegration of the USSR, the interest for Indology had come down. But after 2000, the concerned authorities stated giving priority to Indology, Even before the Russian revolution, studies on India and Indian languages had begun. During the Tsar rule, Alexander Melpert came to South India. He learnt Malayalam and Tamil and started a Tamil language institute in St. Peter’s Burg. The Institute of Oriented Studies in Moscow plays a major role in propagating Indian.
languages in Russia. In the beginning of the Soviet Union, people in Russia had lost interest in learning India’s culture and language. But their interest on this subject increased thanks to Kruschev’s visit to India. Literature in Indian language had been translated into Russian during this period, said Dr. Dubiansky. Dr. S. Kunjamma, Head of the Linguistics Department, University of Kerala presided over the function. Tamil poet Neela Padmanabhan also spoke on the occasion. Ratheesh. C.Nair, Director Russian Cultural Centre welcomed the gathering.

 

March

An exhibition of posters was organized in connection with the anti-Narcotic Day. The Posters Exhibition was conducted on 1st March.
Another Exhibition of photographs was organized on 6th March. This was organized in connection with the 70th Birth Anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova. Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman cosmonaut. 44 years back, she made her space flight. Till recent time, she was the head of the Roszarubesh centre. More than 40 photographs reflecting different stages in the life of V. Tereshkova and her preparation to make the space flight, were exhibited. Ratheesh C. Nair, Director, Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum officially welcomed the gathering.
Photo Exhibition - An exhibition of photographs by Galina Demena was organised under the auspices of the Russian Cultural Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. The exhibition was organized in connection with the World Women’s Day celebration. Photography is not her hobby. It is like her profession. She captured thousands of Russia’s landscapes and selected 50 photographs were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery here. The Exhibition was titled My RUSSIA
An exhibition of the books written by Alexei Tolstoy was held at the main lobby of the centre on 10 January 2007. This was organized in connection with the 110th birth anniversary of the Russian writer Alexei Tolstoy.

Post card Exhibition.
135 years ago the first post card in Russia was released. To mark this occasion an exhibition of Russian Post cards was organized under the auspices of the Russian Cultural Centre here. The exhibition was opened on 13 March and is on till 17 March. More than 200 Post Cards collected by Dr. S. Anilkumar, were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery
Dr. Anil Kumar, a Ph.D holder in Russian Language and literature from the Department of Russian Language visited Russian many times. Collecting Russian stamps and post cards was his hobby. Dr. Anil Kumar who is the Russian Language teacher at the Russian Cultural Centre had a rare opportunity to exhibit his collection of Russian post cards.
Post Cards in Russian play an important role in the life of Russians during New Year, Christmas and birth day celebrations etc. Even today in IT era, Russians convey their greetings and blessings through post cards. Patriotism and Russia’s natural beauty reflect on their post cards.
Post cards exhibited at the Russian Cultural Centre is a good evidence how Russia promotes its Culture, art and literature through post cards. The visitors had an opportunity to see the beauty of four seasons, architecture of ancient Russia, literary figures, metro stations resembling Marble Palaces etc. on the post cards exhibited.

’BEENA KANDA RUSSIA’- RELEASED ’
Beena Kanda Russia’ (Russia, Beena has seen) was released under the auspices of the Russian Cultural Centre. The book releasing ceremony was held on 15 March at 5.30 P.M.
’Beena Kanda Russia’ was first published 25 years back. The first edition was brought out after K.A. Beena visited USSR in 1977 to take part in the international children/Youth Camp held in Artek. Now the current book published is again to mark the 25 th anniversary of its first publication.
Hon’ble Minister for forest, Mr.Benoy Viswam released the book. In his address, the minister emphasized the role of Russia to form a multi-polar world. Noted Poet Sreekumaran Thampi, Mr. Robin Dicruse, Director, Kerala State Institute for children’s literature, Radhika C. Nair, Critic and writer, Mr. U.Suresh and Ravi Sankar spoke on the occasion. Ratheesh C. Nair Director, Russian Cultural Centre officially welcomed the gathering.

April


People-to-People
Relationship
Matters in Diplomatic Ties
Russian Ambassador.
“Common long-term interests form the basis of relations between India and Russia today” H. E. Mr. Vyachaslav I. Trubnikov
“Common long-term interests and convergent ideas on issues form the basis of relations between India and Russia today”, said H. E Vyachaslav I. Trubnikov, Ambassador of Russian Federation to India. He was inaugurating the 10-day Russian Festival that was organized by the Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum. The festival was organised to mark the 60th anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic Ties.
“Bilateral relations between India and Russia today rest on common long term interests, convergent ideas with regard to major global and regional issues as well as a firm belief in a multi-polar world order based on the fundamental principles of justice and equality” said the Ambassador. He said that the recent resumption of cultural festivals would impart new dynamism to the multidimensional relations and bilateral interaction between the two nations.
. “Traditionally, warm and hearty contacts on a people-to people level and the co-operation in the field of culture have always played a decisive role in the Russian- Indian relations. Mutual affection has become a deep-rooted national Tradition in the two countries”.
H. E. Mr. Vyachaslav I. Trubnikov
inaugurating the Russian Festival-2007
to mark the 6oth anniversary of diplomatic Ties.
Russian Cultural Centre, Thiruvananthapuram organised a 10-day Russian Festival to mark the 60th anniversary of Indo-Russian diplomatic Ties.
The diplomatic relations between India and erstwhile USSR was established on13 April, 1947 - 4 months before India gained independence. The USSR embassy started functioning in India at the Travancore House in New Delhi. The first House of Soviet Culture in India also started its activities at Travancore House. To mark the 60th anniversary of this great moment in the history of Indo-Russian Relations, a Festival comprised the screening of contemporary Russian films, series of Seminars, Russian food Festival, Exhibitions, Chess Tournament and
Procession at the Roerich Road competition was organized under the auspices of the Russian Cultural Centre. The Festival was organized in association with the cultural Department of the Russian Embassy, Roszarubeshcentr and Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala.
Ambassador of Russian Federation to India His Excellency Mr. Vyachaslav Ivanovich Trubnikov inaugurated the festival on 4 April 2007 at the Russian Cultural Centre Auditorium. In his inaugural address, the Ambassador stressed the need of organising more cultural festivals that would impart new dynamism to the bilateral interaction between the two nations.
Consul General of Russian Federation in south India His Excellency Mr. Vladislav Antonyuk, Counsellor and Head of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy Mr. Fyoder A. Rozovsky, Mr. V. Sivankutty MLA, Mr. Palode Ravi and Dr.K Govindan Nair spoke on the occasion. Dr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Director of the Russian Cultural Centre welcomed the gathering.
H.E.Mr.Vyachaslav I. Trub nikov presented the Jubilee medal of Committee for Solidarity and Co-operation among the people of Asian and African Countries to Ratheesh C. Nair, for his contributions in strengthening the relationship between Russia and India. A Music programme by Russian artistes followed the inauguration.
A procession reflecting the golden moments in the Indo-Russian Relations was held at the Roerich Road before the inaugural ceremony. Caparisoned elephant, Mounted Police, School band, Thalappoli, Panchavadyam etc. added colour to the procession. The visiting dignitaries accepted salute of the procession from a special pavilion at the Roerich Road.
Screening of contemporary Russian film was held at the centre auditorium from 5 to 12 April 2007. Ostrov (Island), 9-Ya rota (the 9th company) 72 Metra (72meteres) Peregon (Transit) Staruhi (old women), Nastroichik (Piano Tuner), Voditel dlya Veri (Driver for Vera) and cosmos-kak perechustive (dreaming of space) were screened an every day at 6-30 p.m.
Four seminars were held at the Falcon Chambers. Mr. Fyoder A-Rozovsky, Head of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy, inaugurated the seminar titled ‘Indo-Russian Cultural Ties’ on 5 April 2007 and H.E. Mr. Vladislav Antonyuk, the Consul General inaugurated the seminar on
“Indo-Russian Military Technical Co-operation”, Dr.G.C. Gopalapillai, Management Expert inaugurated the seminar on “Indo-Russian Trade Relationship” Talk on ‘ 60 years of Indo-Russian Relation’ was held as part of the valedictory function.
Russian food festival was held from 6 to 8 April 2007 at Hotel Pankej. Hon’ble Minister for Cultural Affairs and Education, Government of Kerala Mr. M.A. Baby inaugurated the Food Festival. Mr. Cheriyan Philip, Chairman, Kerala Tourism Development
Corporation presided over the function. Music concert by Swetlana Radashkevich and Larisa Gudainova was also organised in connection with the Food Festival.
Three photo exhibtions and an exhibition of Russian hologram were held at the Roerich Art Gallry from 4 to 13 April . A state level chess Tournament for the 60th Anniversary Trophy was held at the center from 10th to 12 April 2007.