There is a strong tradition of Indian studies in Russia. Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center at the Embassy of India, Moscow (JNCC) maintains close cooperation with leading Russian institutions including the
Institute of Philosophy, Moscow
Russian State University for Humanities, Moscow
Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow
Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Moscow State University
School of International Relations at the St. Petersburg University
Kazan Federal University, Kazan
Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok.
There is a Mahatma Gandhi Chair on Indian Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, while a Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies is at the Russian State University for Humanities, Moscow. About 20 Russian Institutions, including leading universities and schools, regularly teach Hindi to 1500 Russian students. Apart from Hindi, languages such as Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu, Sanskrit and Pali are taught in Russian Institutions. There is general interest among Russian people in Indian dance, music, yoga and ayurveda. JNCC conducts classes in yoga, dance, music and Hindi for approximately 500 students every month. There are regular cultural initiatives to promote people-to-people contacts between India and Russia.
A Festival of Indian Culture covering 10 cities of Russia took place in 2013.