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The annual Festival of Russian Language and Culture "Bereza" in the Indian capital

Saturday, 12 October 2013 07:27

October 3 at the DPS Dwarka school was held the annual Festival of the Russian language and culture titled “Bereza”, which this year was attended by about 280 children from eight schools, including DPS Dwarka, Indirapuram, Faridabad, Noida, Greater Noida and Matura as well as Bluebells International school and Springdales school.

School of the Russian Embassy also participated in the Festival.

Designed to promote the Russian language and culture, Festival was organized by DPS Society – a private non-profit structure, representing more than 160 schools in India and six foreign countries, with assistance of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India. The third year running it takes place in one of the best schools in the Indian capital DPS Dwarka.

Among the guests of honor the Festival attended Senior Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Director of the RCSC in New Delhi Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy , Chairman of DPS Society Mr. Ashok Chandra, heads and teachers of the Russian language departments of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The festival program included workshops on the traditional Russian ceramics painting called Gzhel (prepared and conducted by Director of Art school, RCSC in New Delhi Ms. Yekaterina Pokrovskaya) and on Russian folk dance (conducted by the teachers of the Institute of the Russian language, RCSC Mrs. Olga Sharma and Anastasia Tomar), alongside with numerous competitions. School students competed in the art of translation from Russian into English, in reading poetry in Russian , sang such popular Russian songs song as “Uchat v shkole, “V lesu rodilas yelochka” and other. Indian students in Russian folk costumes performed Russian dances and pupils of the Russian Embassy school sang the song “Moscow Nights”.

“Russia is famous for its culture, sincerity, people and the beauty of nature... Today's Festival allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the rich culture of Russia”, – said Principal of DPS Dwarka school Mrs. Sunita Tanvar.

Senior Counsellor to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India Mr. Sergey Karmalito thanked DPS Society Principal of DPS Dwarka Mrs. Sunita Tanvar for their contribution into the strengthening of “cooperation and mutual understanding between Russia and India through culture and language”.

“The Festival is held on the eve of a very important event in Russian-Indian relations. A meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission, in which India will be represented by its Minister of Foreign Affairs, is scheduled on tomorrow. The most important issues and projects in the sphere of the bilateral cooperation will be discussed during this meeting. And October 21 in Moscow there will be held the Indian-Russian summit, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We all hope that this summit will bring our cooperation to a new level, including, of course, teaching of the Russian language and exchanges in the cultural sphere. This will definitely contribute into further strengthening of our friendship”, said Mr. Sergey Karmalito.

“During the year that passed since the last Festival, the RCSC jointly with DPS Society realized a very promising pilot project on DPS schools Russian language teachers training. As the result, six teachers from four different states received the certificates of the Moscow State University and now they’re ready to begin the teaching of Russian in their schools” – said Director of the RCSC Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy.

The total number of the Russian language students in India in 2013 is estimated at about five thousand, with about a quarter of them studying Russian at the RCSC in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Trivandrum. In the last couple of years, with the active support of the RCSC in New Delhi five schools began teaching Russian. Currently the Russian language is taught at five schools in Delhi, four schools in Kerala, three schools in Maharashtra, one school in Uttarakhand and two schools in Tamil Nadu. But the status of the Russian language in different schools varies. In a number of schools Russian included into the programme, and in some it is taught as paid extracurricular activities.

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