Organised by Russian Cultural Centre to mark the 50th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova’s Space expedition. Chaika was the call sign of Valentina Tereshkova when she was in space flight.
H.E.Mr.Nikolai Listopadov, Consul General of the Russian Federation inaugurated the Festival. In his address, Mr. Listopadov, said that Tereshkova’s Space Flight had marked a milestone in the history of Development of Space Science Technology and human history as well. “Thanks to Tereshkova’s Space Flight, the manned Space Mission turned to ‘Womened’ Mission. Her each second in the outer space proved the courage of womanhood. The Russian Government has decided to give priority to such milestones and the Golden jubilee of Tereshkova’s space flight is being celebrated all over the world by the Russian Centres of Science and Culture under the leadership of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo”, said Mr.Listopadov. Presiding over the function Mayor of Trivandrum Ms.Chandrika said that Valentina Tereshkova’s Space flight was a gift to the women of the world by the erstwhile Soviet Union. “By selecting a woman cosmonaut the Soviet Government recognized the courage of Woman. I on behalf of the people living in Trivandrum and also on behalf of the City council bow by head before the courageous lady -Tereshkova”, said the Mayor.
Prof.Radhakrishna Pillai, Director, Rajeev Gandhi Centre for Bio Technology and Chairman, Science and Technology Wing of the Russian Cultural Centre in TrivandrumRear Admiral (Rtd.) Julias Zacharias, Managing Director, BrahMos, Trivandrum, , Mr.T. Damu, Vice-President Taj Group of Hotels and Mr.Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum spoke on the occasion. Music programme by Mr. Narayanan followed the official inaugural function. Seminars, Cultural programmes, science exhibition, photo exhibition, space quiz, competition for students etc. will be organised as part of the Chaika Festival.