Second Festival of Russian Language and Literature which is being organised jointly by the Moscow based Foundation ‘Russkiy Mir’, Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum and Pushkin Centre for Russian Language began on 15th October at the Symphony Hall, Hotel Mascot.
Hon’ble Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly Mr. G.Karthikeyan inaugurated the festival. In his inaugural speech Mr. Karithikeyan stressed the necessity of popularising Russian Language and Literature in India. “Solvanic Culture and letters originated more than One Thousand years ago. World Literature can not be discussed without mentioning the contribution of Russian Language and Literature. It began with the contribution of father of Russian Literature Alexander Pushkin. Dostoevsky’s ‘Karamazov Brothers’ is rated as one of the best novels in the world. Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ can be considered as an epic. Anton Chekhov’s stories and dramas have relevance. There are more than 800 common words in Sanskrit and Russian. Kerala is committed to promote Russian Language and Literature. Russian is taught in four schools in Trivandrum
University of Kerala and University of Calicut offer Russian Language courses. The State Education Department and the Russian centre jointly organize virtual Russian language course using Educational Satellite ‘Edusat’- said Mr. Karthikeyan He also thanked Russia and foundation Russkiy Mir for selecting Trivandrum as the venue for the Russian Language Festival.
Member of Parliament of India Mr. A. Sampath presided over the function. H.E. Mr. Nikolai A Listopadov, Consul General of Russia in Southern India was the Guest of Honour. Bishop of Malankara Orthodox church Dr. Gabriel Mar Grigorious, former Chief Secretary of Kerala and writer Dr. D. Babu Paul, Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University Dr. A. Jayakrishnan, Representative of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy Dr. Tatyana Perova etc. spoke on the occasion. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum welcomed the gathering. Dr.P. Gopinath proposed vote of thanks.
Teachers of Russian Language Departments from various Universities in India, members of Russian centres, Students and Teacher of the Pushkin Centre of Russian Languages, writers, scholars etc. participated in the inaugural function.
The festival will be on till 20th December and will comprises Master class using audio visual Technologies in Russian Language Teaching. Round table discussion, perspective of popularizing Russian Language in India, Lecture on using Modern Technologies in Teaching Russian as foreign Language, Lecture on Russian for Tourism and Business were also held. Series of seminars “My favourable Russian writer”, Olympiad for Russian Language students , publishing collection of poems of four Russian poets and presentation of Sergy Esenin award will be held as part of the festival.
More than 15 newspapers and 7 TV Channels covered the programme.