On participation of Russian Embassy diplomats In Himalayan Roerich Estate Events
During the official opening ceremony of the festive events, the diplomatic mission counsellor, Mr Alexander Feoktistov, delivered a welcome address by the Russian Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, which, in particular, emphasized the significant contribution by Helena Roerich to the signing of the international Roerich Pact on preservation and protection of cultural values, still relevant today.
The festival program included an academic seminar "Helena Roerich: Facets of Creativity" and the opening of her graphic works exhibition of the same name, a concert on the stage of the Green Theater, with participation of young students of Helena Roerich Academy of Arts for Children and local schools, their teachers and volunteers from Russia and India, as well as the award ceremony for the winners of the children's painting competition “Russia and India in the Roerichs’ life”.
In addition, a solemn inauguration of the exhibition of scenic paintings by artists from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia created during the plein-air tour “Art Expedition 2019. Himalayas” took place. For more than two weeks, the participants in the project implemented by the St. Petersburg Center for Humanitarian Programs with the support of the Russian Embassy in India and the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) stayed in the Kullu Valley and painted the surrounding landscapes that once inspired Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich. Some of the landscapes were donated to the IRMT. During the creative expedition the artists worked side by side with their Indian colleagues, who were impressed by the excellence of the Russian classical painting school representatives.
The festivities were covered by the Indian media.