Russian Center for Science and Culture in Kolkata
The Russian Center for Science and Culture in Kolkata is a branch of the Representative Office of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) in India and extends its activities to the state of West Bengal and other states of the Calcutta consular district.
The RCSC was inaugurated in the very center of the city on April 22, 1974, becoming the second Soviet cultural center in India after the Delhi one. For 40 years of its activity "Gorky Sadan" (Beng. "House of Gorky") has gained significant popularity and to this day plays the role of one of the leading cultural sites in East India.
The Calcutta RCSC was one of the first in India, not only because the city was the center of the country's socio-political and cultural life for more than two centuries, but primarily because cultural ties between Russia and India originated here. In the 18th century, Gerasim Lebedev, a Russian explorer, musician and writer, founded the first Bengali drama theater in Calcutta. This event served as an impetus for the development and deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the two countries. The biography of the famous Russian artist and thinker Nicholas Roerich, where he was a lifelong member of the Royal Asiatic Society, is also largely connected with Calcutta and Bengal. An outstanding Indian poet, writer and thinker, a native of Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore, who visited the Soviet Union in 1930 at the invitation of the All-Union Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries (the predecessor of Rossotrudnichestvo), also made a huge contribution to the formation of Indian-Russian friendship.
Russian-Indian humanitarian cooperation received a new impetus after the end of World War II and India's independence. So, in the period from 1947 to the present, cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova and Pyotr Klimuk, poet Robert Rozhdestvensky, famous actors Oleg Yankovsky, Lidia Fedoseyeva visited Calcutta with the assistance of the cultural department of the Consulate General of the Soviet Union, and then the House of Soviet Science and Culture and the RCSC -Shukshina, Natalya Varley, directors Pavel Chukhrai and Stanislav Govorukhin, choreographer Yuri Grigorovich and many others. On the basis of the RCSC, public associations, clubs and associations were created that had a noticeable impact on the cultural and social life of East India.
Today, ten clubs and associations operate at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Calcutta, which provide the RCSC with invaluable assistance in strengthening and developing Russian-Indian relations. Among them are the Association of Graduates of Russian / Soviet Universities, the Chess Club named after Alekhina, Literary Club "Progress", Youth League "Friendship", Association "New Generation", Club of Russian Compatriots in Kolkata named after G. Lebedev, Cinema Club named after S. Eisenstein and others. All of them organize thematic events and actions, not only concerning important memorable dates, historical or socio-political events in the history of the two powers, but also pay considerable attention to modern trends in the field of humanitarian cooperation.
Carrying out activities in the field of humanitarian cooperation, the RCSC traditionally pays special attention to cooperation with Indian non-governmental organizations, such as the Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship and the Indian-Russian Friendship Society. Together with partners, cultural and humanitarian events are held on a regular basis and discussion platforms are organized dedicated to significant dates of bilateral relations and the celebration of national holidays of Russia and India.
At the Russian center in Kolkata, Russian language courses for adults and children, an extensive library, which, over 40 years of operation, has assembled a unique collection of books in Russian, English, Hindi and Bengali, operate on a permanent basis. For carrying out cultural, scientific and information programs, the RCSC has multifunctional premises and a cinema and concert hall for 285 seats.
Today "Gorky Sadan", this small island of Russian land in Eastern India, remains committed to its long-standing tradition - it is always happy to meet friends and like-minded people here.
India, Calcutta, Gorky Terrace St., 3
+ 91 33 228 327 42
DEMENTYEV Vladimir Viktorovich
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