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the Silver Jubilee Celebration

Silver Jubilee of Cultural Centre of Russia:

The Cultural Centre of Russia in Mumbai completed its Silver Jubilee of existence on 8th February, 2000 and the celebration took place on 19th February, 2000 at the Centre. Many distinguished dignitaries and many famous political leaders of the state of Maharashtra graced the occasion with their presence.

In the Photo: Mr. Arun Gujarathi, the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, speaking on the occasion. At the dias sitting from left to right are: Dr. D.E. Chelyshev, Director, Cultural Centre of Russia, Late Mr. S.P. Godrej, Industrialist, Mr. D.A. Kazennov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai and Late Mr. Ali Sardar Jafri, well-known Urdu poet.

Musicians from 'Swar-Yog" Musical Club performing at the auditorium of the Cultural Centre of Russia during the Silver Jubilee celebrations.




The First Russian to visit India

An Historical Event: On the 23rd of November, 2000, a foundation stone for the monument in memory of Afanasy Nikitin, the first Russian traveller to India was laid at Revdanda, district of Alibaug Maharashtra. A high level delegation from Russia, accompanied by Mr. V.T. Trubnikov, the first deputy of the ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. A.M. Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, Mr. Y.M. Krasnov, the vice-governor of the Tver-region, O.I. Pichchulina, deputy to the governor of the Tver-region, Mr. S.S. Potapov, President of the Union of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs, Mr. A.A. Sorokin, Representative of the RUSZARUBEZH Centre in India and all senior diplomats from the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai, attended the function.

Mr.Y.M. Krasnov, the vice-governor of the Tver-region, releasing the translated version of the book 'Afanasy Nikitin's Voyage Beyond Three Seas" during the function to lay the foundation stone for the monument in memory of Afanasy Nikitin at Revdanda.

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A guard of honour from the students of the Konkan Education Society for Dr. D.E. Chelyshev, Director, Cultural Centre of Russia during his visit to Revdanda at Alibaug where the monument to Afanasy Nikitin is to be built.

Finalising the plan for the momument of Afanasy Nikitin to be built.

Inauguration of the Monument in Memory of the First Russian Traveller to India, at Alibaug

The Konkan Education Society and the Cultural Centre of Russia in Mumbai, inaugurated a monument in memory of Afanasy Nikitin, the first Russian traveller to India, on Thursday, January 17, 2002 at the Konkan Education Society's S.R. Tendulkar High School and V.M. Pilankar Junior College, Revdanda, Alibaug, Dist: Raigad.
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharshtra, Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal and H.E. Mr. Nikolai R. Kudashev, Minister-Counsellor, Deputy Chief of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India were the chief guests. Other distinguished guests were Mr. Sunil Tatkare, Maharashtra Urban Development Minister, Mr. Krasnov Iouri, Vice-Governor of the Tver Region (Russian Federation), Mr. Belooussov Alexandre, Mayor of the Tver City (Russian Federation), Mrs. Pichtchoulina Olga, Deputy Governor of the Tver Region (Russian Federation), Mr. Dmitry A. Kazennov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Mumbai, Mr. A.A. Sorokin, Counsellor & Head of the Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and Director of the Russian Centre of Science & Culture in New Delhi, Dr. D.E. Chelyshev, Vice-Consul & Head of the Cultural Department of the Russian Federation in Mumbai and Mr. Madhukar Deshpande, Vice-President of Konkan Education Society.
A merchant from Tver, Afanasy Nikitin touched Indian shores at the Malabar Coast way back in 1469, after completing a six week voyage that started from the Persian Gulf - thirty years before Vasco da Gama 'discovered' India for the 'old world'. Having reached India, he started his journey towards the deeper parts of the country and visited Junnar, Bidar, Kulungur and Gulbarga and even reached Vijay Nagar, the legendary historical town.
Considering the historical significance of Afanasy Nikitin's journey, a decision was taken
to erect a monument in his honour at Revdanda, 120 km south of Mumbai where he probably first stepped on Indian soil. Erected on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the monument would symbolically be the crowning glory of his long journey from the native lands till the shores of India.
The project for the construction of the monument, which was approved by the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the Russian Centre for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation, enjoyed the support of the local organs of mass media and social organisations. Mr. D.N. Patil, a noted advocate from Revdanda and President of the Konkan Education Society donated a piece of land towards this end. The project also received the blessings of the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir V. Putin, when he visited Mumbai in October, 2000.

This trader ended up as the great traveller of the medieval world
By Shabnam Minwalla
Times News Network
Monday, January 28, 2002

MUMBAI: When he left Tver in 1466, Afanasy Nikitin had no intention of becoming a hero - he was merely setting out on a business trip to the nearby principality of Shirvan. The simple Russian merchant could hardly have guessed that, five years later, he would be witnessing a historic battle enacted by armour - clad elephants, whinnying stallions and soldiers in distant Vijaynagar. And he certainly could never imagined that, five centuries later, he would be acknowledged as one of the great travellers of the medieval world.

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Centenary Article by the Ambassador

100 YEARS OF A RUSSIAN CONSULATE

On November 22, 1900 the first Russian diplomatic mission was opened on the Indian soil. For the first time over centuries-old history of interaction between the peoples populating Russia and India their consular relations assumed a formal dimension. As India was not yet free from colonial yoke, the mission could be only a consular one, not an embassy. However, given the scale of tasks accomplished by the Consulate General of the Russian Empire in Bombay it virtually performed the duties of an embassy.....

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Raj Kapoor Film Festival

A Tribute to Raj Kapoor: Mr. Randhir Kapoor, son of Raj Kapoor lighting the traditional lamp to inaugurate the Raj Kapoor Film Festival to mark the 75th Birth Anniversary of the great actor and a good friend of Russia at the Cultural Centre of Russia on 17th January, 2000.


RUSSIAN-INDIAN RELATIONS


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REGION

Esteemed Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to address my Indian fellow-professionals, diplomats from a friendly country. Our today's meeting is taking place at a time when both in Moscow and New Delhi we are summarizing the outcomes of the recently concluded and singularly successful state visit by H.E. Mr A.B.Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India, to the Russian Federation.

The summit-level meeting in Moscow is falling in line with the agreements reached during the state visit of H.E. Mr V.V.Putin, President of Russia, to India in October 2000 when the two sides signed the milestone Declaration on Strategic Partnership and agreed to hold bilateral summits on an annual basis...

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