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The opening of the October Festival dedicated to the anniversaries of Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerichs at the International Roerich Memorial Trust

This year the traditional Autumn Festival in the Himalayan Roerich Estate is dedicated to the 145th Birth Anniversary of Nicholas Roerich and the 115th Birth Anniversary of Svetoslav Roerich. The Festival opened on 5th of October with a creative event for the children and youth. Students of the Helena Roerich Academy of Art for children, IRMT, and other students of the local schools gathered in the morning at the IRMT to take part in the Festival «Russia-India: From Heart to Heart» organised by IRMT and volunteers of the International Centre of the Roerichs, Moscow. On this day respected guests Smt. Sushma Sharma, President of the Naggar Panchayat, Mrs. Natalya Cherkashina, Director of the Non-Governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich (ICR, Moscow) and Smt. Lalita Kanwar, Managing Academic Director and Principal of La Montessori School, Kullu, HP, honoured the celebrations with their presence.

An exhibition of the art works of children from both Russia and India named “Bridge of Culture and Friendship between Russia and India” has opened in the halls of the Art Academy. Children's drawings filled with love, light and beauty aroused admiration of all the guests of the festival.

After the video presentation about Nicholas Roerich, a competition of children's drawings on the given topic “Nicolas Roerich – Master of the Mountains” was held at the Green Theatre of the IRMT. About 100 students from different schools of Kullu Valley participated in the competition. Winners Award ceremony will take place on October 9, during the solemn program dedicated to the birthday of Nicholas Roerich.

The day ended with fun Russian games organised for children by Russian guests of the IRMT.

It is significant that the opening of the October Festival took place on Helena Roerich’s Memorial Day.

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