A Russian school that teaches Hindi and also has the Indian classical dance and music as part of its curriculum has come in for praise by President Pratibha Patil, who described it as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries.
Patil was pleasantly surprised to witness the children of the school no. 653 here present a colourful cultural programme in Hindi to coincide with the Teachers' Day last night.
Beginning the programme with a Bharatnayam performance, the Russian children also presented a Hindi song 'Ek Tu Hi Bharosa, Ek Tu Hi Sahara' (You are the only hope, you are the only support) and a Rajasthani folk dance.
This institute "is a tribute to our great leaders who decided to establish this school which till today continues to be a symbol of the India-Russia friendship," the President, who was here as part of her five-day visit to Russia, said.
She said India always considered the people of Russia as its true friends.
As a token of appreciation, Patil also announced donation of books, computer software and a digital projector to the school, which was set up in 1957 on the 10th anniversary of India's Independence day.