Rich tributes paid to Russian scholar Z. M. Dymshits/ Video

Friday, 27 May 2011 10:13

       Speakers at a function paid glowing tributes to Prof. Z. M. Dymshits Russian scholar and linguist, translator of Indian writers’ literary works, laureate of Jawaharlal Nehru Award.

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The commemorative function, jointly organized by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on May, 25, was to mark the 90th Birth Anniversary of the renowned Russian scholar of Hindi and Urdu language, pedagogue of rare professional qualities, great champion of Indo-Russian Friendship and Cultural Cooperation. Mr. Viswanath Malhotra, Chairman, Rajpal & Sons Publishers, was the Chief Guest. Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, Indian Association of Teachers of Russian language and Literature, presided over the function.

A Photo Exhibition, depicting the life and career of Prof. Dymshits, was inaugurated on the occasion.

In his welcome address, pointing out that the name of Z. M. Dymshits remains uppermost in the minds of the peoples of Russia and India, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that his scholarly contributions went a long way in cementing the ties between the peoples of Russia and India, thereby facilitating them broader exposure to the literary world of each other.

A message from Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, read out on the occasion by Mr. Sergei Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that Zalman Movshevich Dymshits was a true “Guru” of Indology, who brought up dozens of diplomats-cum-orientalists. “Myself an alumna of the MGIMO Chair of Indian Languages headed by Z. M. Dymshits for over 20 years, I warmly remember him as a strict pedagogue, wise Master, and a tactful person. A war veteran, he was always generously sharing unique knowledge and vast experience, giving good advice”, the message added. The Russian Foreign Minister hoped that Dymshits’ legacy will further benefit stronger special privileged partnership between Russia and India.

Another message from Academician E. P. Chelyshev, read out on the occasion by Dr. Dmitry Chelyshev, Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that this October he would turn 90, and in his reminiscence and friendly remarks about Z. M. Dymshits he would like to emphasize certain traits of his character which enable one to talk of him as an outstanding personality. It is his sincere love for India, which sometimes turned into a kind of affection, love for its people and culture to which he devoted the entire life. He treated his Indian colleagues with great respect, and many of them still cherish his memory. A born teacher, he treated his students as his own children. “It is heartening that his students from several generations are highly appreciated in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some of them held and still holding top diplomatic positions. One of them is Alexander M. Kadakin, the Ambassador of Russia to India for the second time”, the message further said.

Paying respectful homage to the outstanding Russian oriental scholar, linguist and a man of very warm and generous heart, Prof. Z.M. Dymshits, H.E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India, said: “For me, Z. M. Dymshits was, above all, my Guru—a pedagogue and a wise Master, who, thanks to his teaching talents and infatuation with India, not only implanted into us profound knowledge of Hindi, but to a great extent generated our interest towards this country as a phenomenon-as we joke among Russian Indian students—to accept this great nation as a profession and ‘get infected’ by it for the rest of one’s life”. Referring to Dymshits’ contribution to Indian linguistics in Russia, the Ambassador said that he authored six fundamental text-books on Hindi and Urdu, a number of dictionaries and phrase-books. The “Textbook of the Hindi Language” (1969) and “Urdu Grammar” (2001) remain the major reference book and fundamental work for new generations of Indian scholars, he added.

Sharing his impressions, Prof. R. Kumar noted that Prof. Dymshits was a multi-dimensional personality whose significant contributions assumed new dimension in the context of Indo-Russian bilateral cultural cooperation. As a linguist, scholar, teacher, and above all, a wonderful humanist, he brought the peoples of India and Russia much closer. His name will remain in the hearts and minds of generations, Prof. Kumar pointed out.

Describing Prof. Dymshits as a scholar par excellence, Dr. Ganga Prasad Vimal, Eminent Writer and Literacy Critic, said that the future generations both in India and Russia will cherish the legacy left behind by him. It is indeed significant that a fair number of students, who drew inspiration from Prof. Dymshits, experienced a novel spirit of warmth and love, Dr. Vimal added.

Sharing the fond memories of his personal association with the Russian scholar, Mr. Viswanath Mahotra, Chairman, Rajpal & Sons Publishers, gave a brilliant assessment on Prof. Dymshit’s linguistic flair, erudition, teaching ability, compassion for students and earnest approach to Indo-Russian friendship and cooperation.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Yulia E. Ariaeva, Third Secretary, Cultural Section Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, and Hindi Language Teacher, noted that it is gratifying to see that Prof. Dymshits’ works have left a deep impact on the people of India. One is touched by the way the commemorative function was organized, she added.

Proposing a vote of thanks, Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC, acknowledged the gesture of the distinguished guests for their valuable assessment on the merits of the Russian Scholar Prof. Dymshits and paying rich tributes to his memory.

Remarks by H.E. Mr Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia to India, at the commemorative function in honour of outstanding Russian indologist prof. Z.M.Dymshits

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