Throughout 35 years of its fruitful and multidimensional activities, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture has been an active contributor to overall bilateral ties between Nepal and the Russian Federation.
Since 1979, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Nepal has been making substantial contribution to strengthening cooperation between Russia and Nepal. It started its activities in 1979 as the Soviet Cultural Centre in a rented house at Ram Shah Path in Kathmandu. In 1993, it shifted to its own premises in Kamal Pokhari.
While inaugurating the new building of the RCSC in 1993, the then head of the Russian Centre of International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation and the world’s first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova had said that the building was the monument of friendship between Nepal and Russia. Apart from organising concerts and exhibitions the Center has hosted a great number of outstanding Russian cultural troupes including singers, musicians, folk and ballet dancers as well as painters.
The variety of fields in which the Centre applies its activities is really impressive. Library, Film Club, Fine Arts, Chess School, Theatre Group, and the Russian language courses as well as literary society are functioning in the Centre. It has already become a tradition that the Russian Centre of Science and Culture hosts the International Kathmandu Film Festival and Russian Film Festival. The Centre also organises Russian fiction presentations as well as photo exhibitions from time to time.
The activities of the RCSC are not only centred in Kathmandu but also expanded to other cities like Pokhara, Baglung and Chitwan . Every year, the RCSC staff travel to these towns and meet their well wishers celebrating various events.
The Centre has managed to establish itself as a leading cultural hub with well-deserved reputation and solid record.
With a view to preserve and upkeep its long-standing traditions, the Center has been working tirelessly to elevate Russian-Nepalese strategic partnership to even higher plateaus.
“We are confident that the RCSC has been, it is and, always will remain the stronghold of fruitful relations between our countries and deep-rooted friendship between our peoples," said a press statement issued by the RCSC. “We understand that our endeavours alone cannot get success without your support and goodwill, and we know you have always extended your cooperation to us for last 35 years,” the statement added.
To mark the 35th anniversary celebration in a grand way, the Center has constituted a celebration organizing committee under the chairmanship of former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah.
To mark the program, Russian Dance group “Obraz” also performed in Kathmandu. Founded in 1996 by Elena Golub, the dance group "Obraz" went through an intense way of choosing its own style and direction, overcoming financial and organizational difficulties. In 2001 “Obraz” received a status of People’s Ensemble.