Russian cultural festival 24th March 2007

Orissa Computer Application Centre in association with the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata organized a Russian Cultural Festival on 24th March, 2007 at IDCOL Auditorium, Bhubaneswar. The Cultural Festival was inaugurated by Shri Surjya Narayan Patro, Hon’ble Minister IT, Energy & Culture, Orissa in the presence Russian dignitaries Mr. V.V.Lazarev, Consul General, Mr. A.N.Pilyugin, Vice Consul, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata. A display of Russian handicrafts was also inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister prior to the commencement of the inaugural session. Mr.S.N.Tripathi, IAS, Secretary IT, Mr.G.N.Mohanty, IAS, Secretary Culture, Mr.Vishal Dev, IAS, CEO, OCAC & Director IT and Mr.A.K.Panda, Course were present on the occasion. The festival was attended by a large number of persons from all walks of life including a few Russian families residing at Bhubaneswar. Russian delicacies prepared by Russian culture enthusiasts were served to the dignitaries at tea break. Russian dancers Ms.Irina Russkova and Ms.Taisia Shpulnikova performed odissi dance numbers with perfect poise and rhythm followed by rendering of Russian song by Indian amateur singers. A documentary film on recent visit of Mr.V.V.Putin, His Excellency the President of Russia to India and a popular Russian feature film titled “I van vasilieviich” (Back to the Future) were screened. The exhibition of Russian handicrafts continued on 25th March, the next day at the Orissa State Museum. Earlier on 12th March 2007, OCAC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Russian Language, Kolkata (IRLK), Department of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture for commencement of Russian language courses at OCAC. The MOU envisages creation of awareness among corporates, IT companies, selected technical institutes, schools and colleges for Russian language courses. IRLK would extend assistance and support in training of trainers, courseware, evaluation and certification. This MOU assumes significance in the light of the fact that UNESCO and the President of Russia have declared 2007 as “the International Year of Russian language” with a view to enlarge the scope of bilateral relations in trade, culture, technology and areas of mutual interest. The festival reflects the excellent Government to Government, and people to people relations India and the Indian States have with Russia and the CIS. Orissa has been a leading State in furthering the Indo-Russian relations considering the popularity of its sea beaches and scenic locations to Russian tourists, technological tie-up at HAL, Sunabeda and Russian presence in modernization of the Rourkela Steel Plant and the upcoming Titanium Oxide project with Russian collaboration at Chhatrapur, Ganjam. This festival in Bhubaneswar is a clear sign of strengthening of relations between Russia and Orissa.

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