October 21 to 25 in the capital of the South Indian state of Kerala, Trivandrum, was held a set of activities dedicated to the inauguration of the Third annual Festival of the Russian language, literature and science, traditionally organized by the “Russkiy mir” Foundation and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Festival, Consul General of the Russian Federation in South India Nikolay Listopadov noted the symbolism of organizing the event along with the Russian-Indian summit at the Kremlin in Moscow, detailing the achievements and prospects of the strategic partnership between Russia and India in the field of science and culture.
The programme was attended by such distinguished personalities as Minister of education of Kerala Mr. P.K. Abdul Rab, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Kerala Mr. G. Karthikeyan, member of Parliament of Kerala K.N.Balagopal, former Permanent Representative of India to the UN T.R. Srinivasan, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation, director of the RCSC in Trivandrum Ratheesh Nair, as well as other prominent public and political figures of the state.
Following the official part three teachers of the Russian language having work experience of more than thirty years were traditionally awarded for special achievements in the promotion of the Russian language in India. Among them there were those who had specially come from other cities to participate in the Festival, including professor of Delhi University, author of several textbooks, activist of Delhi association of Russian alumni Mrs. Neelakshi Suryanarayan.
The Festival brought together specialists in Russian philology and students from the five Institutes of the Russian language of the RCSC in New Delhi, Trivandrum, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata, as well as a number of universities that teach Russian: Delhi University, Mysore University, Kochi University, Calicut University, University of Kerala, Krishnakumar College and Mahatma Gandhi College (Trivandrum), Kerala schools and other educational institutions.
During the first five days of the Festival, a number of lectures, workshops and seminars took place.
Opening the round table discussion on “Prospects for the Russian language in India” Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Center of the RCSC in New Delhi Ms. Tatiana Perova noted the increasing amount of people learning Russian in India. She also spoke on the growing number of schools where Russian is taught and the programme “Russian book as a gift” under the Federal target programme “Russian Language” for 2011-2015, that has already significantly contributed into replenishing libraries of twenty-one educational institutions in India. Heads and teachers of the Russian language courses exchanged experience in teaching Russian. It was decided to open a branch of the Center of the Russian Language named after Pushkin in Kochi, headed by a former professor of Kochi University Mr. Radiyar Murugesan, and to start publishing an academic journal devoted to the Russian language, literature, art and culture (chief editor – Dr. Joseph Abraham, professor of MarIvanis college).
The workshop “New textbooks for learning Russian” allowed teachers to learn more about the new textbooks published in Russia and in India as well as the Russian language textbooks written by Indian authors. New textbooks provided by the publishing house “Goyal Publishers distributors” were presented to all the participants of the programme.
Within the Festival there were also organized lectures and presentations on modern methods of teaching Russian as a foreign language and teaching of Russian literature in India and the programme ”My favorite Russian writers”, which was attended by prominent Indian writers and professors of the leading Indian universities. In addition, the first, second and third rounds of Olympiad in the Russian language for schoolchildren, college and university students will be held before the end of October. Lectures on the Russian literature and the programme “My favorite Russian writers” will be continued in November.
In December, as part of the closing ceremony of the Third annual Festival of the Russian Language, Literature and Science at the RCSC in Trivandrum will be held the awarding ceremony of the Literary prize named after Sergey Yesenin for contribution to the promotion of the Russian literature in India, that is traditionally awarded to South Indian writers who have made a significant contribution to strengthening Russian-Indian cooperation in the field of literature and the Russian language.