On February 15, 2012, in Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, under the instruction of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, Ambassador of Russia to India H.E. Mr Alexander M. Kadakin presented the Order of Friendship to Mr J.Jayakanthan, distinguished writer and living classic of Tamil literature.
The eminent Indian, the head of the Indo-Russian Culture and Friendship Society, has been decorated with this high award for an invaluable contribution to fostering Russian-Indian scientific and cultural ties.
This solemn award presentation ceremony took place in a prestigious hall of the Tamil capital. A gathering of more than 700 people included political and public figures, members of parliament and legislative assembly, State Chief Justice, businessmen, cultural elite, staff members of the Russian Consulate General in South India and their families.
While receiving the award of honour, J.Jayakanthan expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Russian leader for such generous appraisal of his efforts in strengthening friendship and mutual understanding between the people of India and Russia. The laureate of the Order of Friendship assured that he himself and his Society would further strive to boost Indo-Russian cooperation.
The ceremony overran the protocol schedule. The preceding bright concert featured Indian dances to the music by Pyotr Chaykovskiy. Numerous admires of Jayakanthan’s talent considered it their duty to congratulate their favorite author and say warm words to Russia.
Popular singer S.Chidambaram greeted the awardee with a song ending with the words “friendship, friendship, friendship” sang in Russian to the applause of the audience.
The entire atmosphere of this moving event proved once again that the slogan “Hindi-Rusi bhai-bhai” is still relevant.
Press and TV channels responded with numerous publications and broadcasts to the decoration of the living classic.