The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Anatoly Kargapolov, Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of Russia in India, Mr Adwaita Gadanayak, Director General of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mr Rajan Fulari, Secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi under the Ministry of Culture of India, Mr Vitaly Vasilyev, Director General of St. Petersburg Center for Humanitarian Programs, Mrs Irina Dashevskaya, the exhibition curator, its Indian organizers – Ms Shryansy Manu and Mr Aakshat Sinha, representatives of art community and compatriots.
Addressing the audience, Mr Anatoly Kargapolov noted that the exhibition is a worthy conclusion of the Year 2018, rich in various developments meaningful for strengthening Russian-Indian relations such as the bilateral summit and Days of Russian Culture, among many others. He stressed that India has always served as a source of inspiration for Russian artists, and expressed the hope that their works will inspire guests to visit our country, and, perhaps, to study fine arts in Russia. Mr Vitaly Vasilyev invited Indian painters to take part in Russian Atlantis project by St. Petersburg Center for Humanitarian Programs, which covered 15 Russian cities where 55 plein airs were organized for more than 400 participants from around the world, including India, in 2018.
Russian folk songs performed by a professional from Belarus along with the memories of local artists about their trips to Moscow, St. Petersburg, the cities of the Golden Ring, Nizhny Novgorod added charm to the soiree.
In New Delhi, the exhibition will run until January 4, 2019, to further travel to Rajasthan. Art project participants will also conduct a series of master classes in New Delhi, Bikaner, Jaipur, Kota (Rajasthan) and will attend The Digha Art Festival (West Bengal).
The event was covered by Russian and Indian media.