Intercultural communication among students
A cross-cultural dialogue between Russian and Indian students took place at the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences. As part of the PetrSU Coordination Center for preventing extremism action plan, Yulia Zelenskaya, Associate Professors of the Institute, together with Irina Dorokhova and Natalia Smirnova organized a meeting between history students and Marina Kotova, the leader of the Indian dance studio "Indira" and students from India studying at the Institute of Medicine. The topic of the meeting was the culture of the peoples of India.
During the dialogue, Marina Kotova talked about the specifics of Indian dances, national Indian costumes, and the film industry. The students were able to try on saris and see traditional Indian jewelry. The Indian students Saurav, Jahnvi, Mahure, Subhashree, and Supriya talked about traditional family values, Holi and Diwali festivals, and shared their impressions of Petrozavodsk and studying at PetrSU. During the dialogue, Russian and Indian students were able to find common interests and topics for discussion and parallels between Russian and Indian culture. The event took place in a friendly atmosphere. At the end of the meeting, Marina Kotova performed an Indian dance called "Tum Tum", which ended with enthusiastic applause.
The students noted the usefulness of such events aimed at building mutual understanding and communication between representatives of different nationalities and professional competencies of historians.