A new Indian–Russian public organization created in the South of India

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Rossotrudnichestvo’s representative office in India and Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum have initiated founding of a new Indian–Russian public organization – Indian–Russian Historical Society.

It was reported by the Honorary Consul of Russia in India and the head of RCSC in Trivandrum Ratish Nair on the sidelines of the international webinar related to 180 years anniversary of knyaz (prince) Alexei Saltykov’s travelling to India. This organization will be responsible for studying and preserving information on historical and cultural ties between our countries.

The main participants of the international webinar were: Indian writer, a princess of the Travancor Royal Family (a principality, which became a part of Kerala in 1956) Pooyam Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi, a famous Indian historian, a former member of the Kerala State Higher Education Council K.N. Panikkar, academic expert of the Historical Perspective Studying Foundation Elena Rudaya and the head of the department of history in All Saints’ College (Trivandrum), dr. Parvathi Menon.

In her speech Pooyam Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi emphasized that the visit of the Russian knyaz, diplomat, traveler, collector and artist Alexei Saltykov to India was an important milestone in the history of Indian–Russian relations. “His deep understanding and admiration of our people’s culture and life reflected in the knyaz’s travelogue and arts. His romantic view of India became to some extent one of the key catalysts for mutual attraction of our civilizations”, – Indian writer said.

Addressing the audience, K.N. Panikkar stressed that knyaz Saltykov made a great contribution to giving an objective picture of community life at the time of colonial India to the whole world.

Underscoring particular importance of developing interaction between historians of our countries for further strengthening of Russian–Indian relations, Elena Rudaya expressed confidence that cooperation between the Historical Perspective Studying Foundation and the Indian–Russian Historical Society would be long-term and fruitful.

RCSC in New Delhi together with the Russian Embassy in India and AFC System held the exhibition of 23 pictures and watercolours by knyaz Alexei Saltykov from the State Russian Museum’s collection in October 2012. At the opening ceremony of the exhibition a unique book of diaries “Prince Alexei Saltykov’s Journeys Across India” was presented by the Embassy in cooperation with the Russian Museum. This event resonated within Indian community and became a major step towards preservation of the knyaz Saltykov’s heritage and popularization of cultural and historical closeness of our countries’ peoples.

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