Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A two-day long conference aimed at improving broadcasting between Russia and India concluded at Russian Centre of Science and Culture here on Wednesday.

Titled “Fourth All-India Conference of Listeners’ Clubs of the Voice of Russia”, the conference was organised by the Voice of Russia Broadcasting Company and RCSC. It comprised representatives from Voice of Russia and their Indian counterparts and listeners drawn from Voice of Russia Listeners’ Clubs.

The participants who included Head of the South-Asian Department of Voice of Russia Irina Maksimenko and Voice of Russia special correspondent Natalia Benyukh exchanged mutually-beneficial ideas on how best to promote and strengthen bilateral relations in the field of broadcasting.

Pragmatic suggestions

Pragmatic and reasonable suggestions emerged during the deliberations to improve the efficacy of broadcasting, broadening of networks and tie-up with Indian national broadcasting agencies. The discussions intended to reach out to people living in remote parts of the country on a wider scale.

Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin said: “The conference held towards the conclusion of the ‘Year of India in Russia’ assumed great significance in terms of the imperative of disseminating and exchange of information on the history and culture and developments taking place in both countries.”

The Russian Ambassador threw light on the multi-faceted cooperation between Russia and India which achieved new heights.

Earlier, welcoming the gathering, RCSC Director Fyodor A. Rozovskiy expressed hope that the conference will leave a great impact on greater bilateral cooperation in the field of broadcasting, facilitating better understanding on each other’s history and culture, at the same time strengthening people-to-people relations based on emerging mutually-beneficial ideas.

Making an assessment of the growing popularity of Voice of Russia among the Indian public, Ms. Maksimenko noted that right from early 1940s, Voice of Russia used to be foreign broadcasting agency providing programmes on developments in Russia, its history, culture and views on global events in an objective manner in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and other languages.

Prizes were distributed to the winners of Voice of Russia competition on Russian-Indian cooperation.