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05 декабря / 2018

Rakesh Sharma at the Russian Embassy

On December 3, the Russian Embassy in India saw the unveiling of the portrait of the first Indian cosmonaut Wg. Cdr. (Retd.) Rakesh Sharma painted by Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts Mr Vladimir Anisimov. The main guest of the event jointly organized with the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry was the cosmonaut himself. The function was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, business circles, the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, as well as professors and students from leading Delhi universities.
Mr Rakesh Sharma shared the impressions of his eight-day flight as a member of a joint Soviet-Indian Soyuz-T11 spacecraft crew in 1984 and expressed his gratitude to the Russian side for its contribution to India’s rise as a space power.
The guests enjoyed the exhibition featuring Indian landscapes and portraits painted by Mr Vladimir Anisimov during his numerous trips around the country.
The Russian artist said that creation of the portrait of the famous cosmonaut opens up a new series of expeditions around the BRICS countries. Paintings from these journeys will be presented at the Heart Sends Message to Heart exhibition on the sidelines of 2020 Group’s Summit. In 2019, several trips are planned to paint landscapes of North, Central and South India as well as portraits of famous South Asian political, public and cultural figures. In Chennai a presentation of the portrait of Mr Vishwanathan Anand made by the artist in the chess player’s hometown this November is already being prepared.
During the lecture at MBS International School in New Delhi Mr Vladimir Anisimov also spoke about his creative development, expeditions to the ASEAN countries and the Middle East.
Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev expressed his gratitude to the two “outstanding travellers” for speaking at the Embassy and wished them “a fair wind”, inspiration and new impressions. During an interview with local media, the head of the diplomatic mission confirmed Russia's readiness to support the implementation of Indian space programs, the importance of which was emphasized by Mr Rakesh Sharma and the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tresurer Mr Vishwas Tripathi.
The guests of the event had the opportunity to talk to Mr Sharma about his renowned flight as well as about the future of the Indian cosmonautics.
The space theme of the function was developed by Dmitry Kiselyov’s Spacewalker movie (2017) previously screened during the Russian Film Days in India this October.
The event was covered by Indian television and newspapers.