70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India celebrated in Chennai

On April 28, Russian Centre of Science and Culture organized a Ceremonial Reception, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India.

The reception which was organized by the Consulate General of the Russia in South India, was attended by Mr. S. L. Kotov, Consul General of the Russia, Ms. Angeline Premalatha, Head, Branch Secretariat, Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. V. M. Lakshminarayanan, Chairman, Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Ms. Janaki Krishnan, Patron, Indo-Russian Women’s Association, Mr. Alexander Antipin, Head of Communications (South Asia) Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation “Rosatom”, Mr. Thangappan, Secretary, Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mr. Rajagobal, President, Indo-Russian Club for Rural Development, Heads of partner organizations of Russia in South India, Representatives of leading universities from Tamil Nadu, public figures, journalists and other distinguished guests.

The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India prepared a photo exhibition for the event, which revealed historical photographic materials, documents on establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries and about the most important events of Russian-Indian cooperation. A separate part of the photo exhibition was dedicated to the opening of the Consulate General in South India in early sixties of the last century.

A cultural program with the performances by Russian and Indian artists was arranged for the guests of the reception. Dancers from “Kalakshetra”, longtime partner of the RCSC, Institution of Classical Arts presented dance performances in Bharatanatyam style and vocals in classical Carnatic music. Russian Choreographer and Director of dance school at the Indian Cultural Centre named after Jawaharlal Nehru in Moscow Ms. Anjelina Ross performed a Bollywood dance in semi Katthak style.

The event ended with a festive dinner with the dishes of traditional Russian cuisine, as well as the cuisines from southern Russia and the Caucasus, which is closest to South Indian cuisine.

The event was widely covered by the media.