At Tver State Medical University, the International Friendship Club hosted a celebration of Diwali, also known as the Fire Festival, the biggest Indian holiday, on October 26. Tver transformed into a little India for one evening, complete with vibrant colors and customs.
Lyudmila Georgievna Yuga, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, member of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation, and honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, opened the exhibition of plein-air works by Russian artists titled "India - Russia: through the eyes of love" in the assembly hall's foyer.
Professor Lesya Vasilyevna Chichanovskaya, rector of Tver State Medical University, gave the concert's opening address. She mentioned the university's long-standing, productive cooperation with India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal in the area of higher medical education, mentioning how entire dynasties of doctors who received their education in Tver had grown. Lesya Vasilyevna remarked that these connections are crucial to the institution and that welcoming new members into our large and hospitable international family is always rewarding.
The evening was concluded with a lively, engrossing, and energetic musical program, during which Indian students performed traditional songs and dances for the audience, national costumes were displayed in all their vibrant glory, and a yoga master class was held. In the interactive part of the show, a choreographed flash mob and a Sanskrit knowledge quiz were also held. The event provided a wealth of information on Indian culture and global Diwali celebration practices.
Everyone learned a lot of new things at the festival, and Indian students responded to every performance with a flurry of applause and emotions. This, of course, speaks not only about their homesickness but also about their gratitude to the university for the chance to spend one evening feeling at home.