The amazing performance by Indian students of Russian language in reciting Alexander Pushkin’s poetry testified to the real fact as to how deep they have imbibed the very soul of the works of the great Russian writer, poet and playwright.
The occasion was the marking of the Day of Russian Language and the Birth Anniversary of A.S. Pushkin at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on June 6, 2013. The event was jointly organized with the Institute of Russian Language and the Centre of Russian Language Teachers’ Training.
Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, INDAPRYAL, Prof. Shankar Basu, President of DAASAI, Mr. Shivaji Bhaskar, Ast. Professor (Russian), School of Foreign Languages, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, attended the function.
The cerebrations on the Day of Russian Language took off earlier with the Floral Tribute offered at the monument to A. Pushkin at Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, followed by Pushkin’s Literary Carnival: Poetical and Musical performances based on A. S. Pushkin’s writings by Indian students of Russian language. Contest of A.S. Pushkin’s poetry recitation was also part of the event. The participants included students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, and the Institute of Russian Language, RCSC. The winners received Russian souvenirs.
Ms. Yelena S. Shtapkina, Deputy Director (Culture & Information), RCSC in her address, noted that in 2011, the President of the Russian Federation signed a Decree establishing the 6th of June - birthday of the great Russian Poet, founder of the modern Russian literary language, Alexander Pushkin, as the Day of Russian Language, which is now celebrated in Russia and abroad. Describing Russian language as one of the major languages of the world, she cited that it is the most wide-spread out of all the Slavic languages, as well as the most common European languages in the geographical aspect.
According to the latest data, more than 150 million people in the world are Russian-speaking and more than 100 million speak Russian as a second language, she noted.
With reference to the promotion of Russian language studies in the world as one of the priorities of the Federal Agency ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, which is represented in India by the RCSC, Ms. Shtapkina quoted the Head of ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO Mr. Konstantin Kosachev from his message addressed to all the participants of the festive celebrations dedicated to the Day of Russian language abroad.
“The Day of Russian Language has become a world-wide celebration, and is designed to bring together peoples from different countries, to identify the true role of Russia and the Russian language in the international arena, establish equitable cultural, scientific and economic relations between the Russian Federation and other foreign countries of the world”.
Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, Director of the Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, guided the literary carnival, poetical and musical theatre and conducted the recitation contest. Ms. Tatyana E. Perova, Head of the Centre of Russian Language Teachers’ Training made a Lecture-cum-Presentation on Alexander Pushkin’s life and works.