New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) The India Russia Contemporary Art Exhibition 2008 was inaugurated here last evening to provide a new impetus to the long-existing cultural interaction between the two countries.
Noted artist and curator Surjit Akre was felicitated with a friendship award by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture(RCSC) for her contribution to the Indo-Russian cultural cooperation.
The RCSC in collaboration with the Roerich's Art Gallery and Canvas Art Gallery have organised a week-long exhibition of paintings and sculptures by eminent artists, which was inaugurated by IIC Chairperson Kapila Vatsyayan, here.
Ambassador of Russian Federation Vyacheslav I Trrubnikov said, ''I am sure it will go a long way towards further cementing the friendly relation between the people of India and Russia in general and artists' fraternity in particular.'' During Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in January 2007, he along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had taken the decision to have 2008 as the year of Russia in India and 2009 as the year of India in Russia.
About 42 artists from the two countries had joined together to flare their artistic skills with effective use of brush and colours which spoke unanimously about different universal forces.
Surjit Akre, also the president of Roerichs' Art Society looked elegant in her bead embroidered ethnic red kurta as she showcased her work titled Zakdaka which means riddle in Russian.
The Zakdaka depicted a lady wrapped in blue trying to play with two peacocks in a forest. The oil on canvas showcased the relation between human being and nature. It explores human emotions bringing to the fore the entire spectrum and gamut of women's moods and gestures. The rare poetic charm registered in colour on canvas is well showcased through the painting.
She was in Russia for seven years studying art at St Petersburg.
Credited for her track record in art studies many times, Surjit Akre has also conducted a number of solo and group exhibitions and contributes extensive collections in reputed museums in both the countries.
''I feel proud to have painted 600 art works as of now and would continue my work till I die,'' stated Surjit Akre.
She told UNI that she wanted to do something to promote friendship between the two countries through her work.
Congratulating Surjit Akre, Head of RCSC Fyodor A Rozovskiy said, ''She can definately be proud of her present contribution as yet another milestone to the Russian-Indian cultural relations the Year of Russia in India 2008, prior to the Year of India in Russia 2009.'' Another artist, Sher Singh Kukkal, whose work brightly lit the exhibition was proud to be a part of the friendly encounter between the two countries. He said,'' This is the cultural role art plays to break the borders and unite the whole world.'' His work, titled as 'Nature in Progress' was his eloquent expression to capture the essence of being an aesthetic beauty.
Satya Prakash Sharma's painting showcased Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa in a different way. The painting showed Lisa leaning on a tree trunk surrounded with flowers, her gaze meeting the viewer's with an expression often described as enigmatic leaning.
It is undoubtedly a rare and a brave venture made by the artist that attracted a lot of attention.
Artist Alexander Vlasov along with his Russian counterparts jointly lauded the efforts made to strengthen the ties between the two countries with the rare glue of colours.
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