The Second Festival of Russian Language and Literature, organized jointly by the Moscow-based Foundation ‘Russkiy Mir’, Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum and Pushkin Centre for Russian Language began, on October 15 at the Symphony Hall, Hotel Mascot, Trivandrum.
Hon’ble Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly, Mr. G.Karthikeyan, inaugurated the festival. In his inaugural speech, Mr. Karithikeyan stressed the need of popularising Russian Language and Literature in India. “Slavic Culture and letters originated more than 1000 years ago. World Literature cannot be discussed without mentioning the contribution of Russian Language and Literature. Kerala is committed to promote Russian Language and Literature”. He said that the Kerala Government will continue to support the teaching of Russian language in the four schools of Trivandrum, University of Kerala and University of Calicut. 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, Head of Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre of Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi, Mrs. Tatyana Perova, spoke on the occasion. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum, Mr. Ratish Nair, welcomed the gathering. Dr.P. Gopinath proposed a vote of thanks.
Teachers of Russian language departments from various Universities in India, members of Russian Centres, students and teachers of the Pushkin Centre of Russian Language, writers, scholars etc., participated in the inaugural function.
The festival will be on till December 20, and will comprise master classes on using audio visual technologies in Russian language teaching, round table discussion on perspective of popularizing Russian language in India, lectures on using modern technologies in teaching Russian as foreign language, Russian for tourism and business, etc. Series of seminars “Indian Writers about Russian Classics”, olympiad for Russian language students , publishing collection of poems of four Russian poets and presentation of Sergey Esenin award will be held as part of the festival.
More than 15 newspapers and 7 TV Channels covered the programme.