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Opening of an exhibition of paintings „Postcards from Rusnė“ at the Lithuanian Embassy in New Delhi
On November 28 an opening of an exhibition of paintings „Postcards from Rusnė“ took place at the Lithuanian Embassy in New Delhi. The paintings created by international artists from Germany, Georgia, Lithuania and India during the annual plein-air in the charming little town of Rusnė in Western Lithuania were presented for viewing to Delhi art lovers and friends of the Embassy.
The Head of Rusnė Municipality Mrs. Dalia Drobnienė and the Director of the Centre for local ethnic culture and information Ms. Birutė Servienė have come specially from Lithuania to introduce this part of Lithuania to the guests. As a special gesture guests of honour from Lithuania symbolically presented the flag with coat of arm of Rusnė and the typical local ornament to H.E. Mr. Julius Pranevičius, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in India. Newly discovered connection between Rusnė and India in 2015 was commemorated by erection of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and his soulmate and supporter while in South Africa, Lithuanian Jew (Litvak) businessman, Herman Kallenbach, who was born here. According to the Head of Rusnė Municipality the information about the statue has become part of the town‘s brochures and promotive communication and is generating the genuine interest from visiting tourists. This summer for the first time in the history of the annual affair an artist from India, Mr. Arijeet Chanda was invited to participate at the Rusnė plein-air. Mr. Chanda was excited to visit this part of Lithuania and has shared his impressions about his experience in Rusnė with the guests of the evening. Inspired by the story connecting Rusnė and India about the ideological fellowship between M. Gandhi and H. Kallenbach and their life long correspondence, the artist has created the painting called „Letters“. Ambassador Julius Pranevičius said that this art exhibition has become the preamble to the events dedicated to the 150-th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which will be celebrated on October and next year in India and Worldwide. Ambassador has invited the audience to visit Rusnė, which thanks to the Gandhi-Kallenbach connection is becoming an important point of attraction on the map of the development of bilateral relations between Lithuania and India. Further fostering of the new bond between Rusnė and India is expected in the areas of cultural exchange and tourism.