Established artists and students of art will soon have a forum where they can interact with their counterparts in Russia.

The Indo-Russian Cultural & Friendship Society (IRCFS), in collaboration with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, is all set to inaugurate the Indo-Russian Arts Academy that will help artists in India and Russia exchange ideas and visit each other's country to get a sense of the prevalent culture and its influence on art. The Indo-Russian Art Academy will be named after Russian painter Nicholas Roerich and eminent artist Adimoolam from Tamil Nadu.

According to Vladimir Mariy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, the academy will promote a healthy exchange among artists of both countries and expose them to different styles and ideologies.

The Academy, which is to be inaugurated on March 30, will showcase the works of the two great artists it is named after. A committee, including art director Jayakumar, artist Viswam, cartoonist Madhan, artist Dakshinamoorthy, Mr.Mariy and IRCFS general-secretary P.Thangappan will plan various activities of the Academy.

Thematic workshops exploring different styles and genres of art, discussions on the works of Nicholas Roerich and Adimoolam, art camps and classes for children, exhibitions featuring acclaimed works of art from India in Moscow and bringing interesting works from Russia to India are some of the activities planned, according to Mr.Thangappan.

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture will make available a dedicated space on its premises for activities organised by the Academy, committee members said. The initiative seeks to serve as an encouragement to young artists and students of art, and also create opportunities for dialogue among artists about art and issues pertaining to the promotion of art, they said.

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