Armenian Metro in Indian style
Yerevan Metro station "Yeritasardakan" is livelier than usual. Exhibition "India in paintings and photographs" is opened here.
Yerevan, 14 December - Sputnik.
The doors of the coach open, and you enter into the Indian town. Nearby you can see the Ganges gently flowing, where women rinse the laundry, in the far - a woman praying to Gods and in front - an Indian yogi in the lotus pose.
Indian mirage dissipates with the arrival of the next train at the station "Yeritasardakan" (Youth).
For seven days this station, in the framework of Days of Indian Culture in Armenia, turned into an exhibition hall of Indian culture, where photographs and paintings of Armenian and Indian photographers and artists are displayed. Excitement, turmoil and festive mood of the youngest underground station is diluted by deaf and then bustling noise of the trains wheels. Music is played, and you realize there will be a real Indian "movie."
The first to dance are the Indian students of Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi.
"Approximately 1000 Indian students are studying in Armenia. They are the initiators of this event. It is symbolic that the event is opened at this station today, the station is called "Youth". Students want to introduce Armenians to real India," - says Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Armenia Suresh Babu in his conversation with Sputnik.
The official part of the ceremony is opened with lighting of lamp. Fire, as per ancient Indian tradition, is a symbol of blessing of any undertaking.
The initiator of the exhibition is Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO.
"Despite the fact that each student has his/her own story, however, they do not forget their roots and try to recreate part of their childhood in the Armenian capital. Yes, it is difficult, because the clash of cultures always causes some issues, but we stick together, live and love Armenia ", - says Raj Singh, student of one of the Universities in Armenia, adding that the biggest difficulty was the language barrier.
While Raj shares his impressions, his friends are dancing to familiar tunes and those who arrive in new metro coach watching the scene with a smile.
"The mood was as gray as the weather, but now, due to this joyful atmosphere, it has become easier and more joyful at heart" - said one of the guests at the station.
Those who were not in a hurry, stopped to have a firsthand look at the far and near culture.
Meanwhile, rail tracks make noise, and again, in spite of the winter cold, barefeet boys and girls rushed into the dance. India is still nicely shown in paintings and photographs, and nearby, perhaps with pride, Taj Mahal looking at his sons and daughters.
Indian culture in Yerevan Metro
Yerevan metro was unusually crowded today. Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO has organized a unique flash mob on Indian culture at "Youth" station, which was also attended by the Ambassador of India to Armenia Suresh Babu. He told the reporters. "Today's event, to which I am invited, is a first flash mob of its kind, dedicated to Indian culture. It is a good idea to show a part of Indian culture to all Yerevan residents who use Metro".
The ambassador also touched upon the Armenian-Indian relations, stating:
"The relations between our two countries have always been progressing, they come from ages, Armenians are not new for Indians, so are Indians for Armenians. We have a common way of thinking, which is a good basis for developing relations. We have good relations with Armenia in political, cultural, trade and student exchange levels. I would not say that there is much trade, 70 -100 million USD, but taking into account Armenia's economy and its potential, these figures do not satisfy us. There is potential, and it could be more developed. "
More than a dozen Indians who gave "master classes" of Indian dance in metro coaches, came together at "Youth" station at the end of the event and danced in a flash mob. In addition, photos portraying modern India were displayed in Metro.
Indian dance classes were part of an exhibition presenting India's culture that opened inside Yerevan's Yeritasardakan Metro station on Monday.
Armenian-Indian friendship advertising agency 'Mediafocus' organized an exhibition entitled 'Indian Names' at Yeritasardakan (Youth) Metro Station