The Day of Russian Language, dedicated to the birthday of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was marked with splendour at a function jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Institute of Russian Language, Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre and Indian Association of Russian Compatriots, on June 6, 2016.
The celebration took off with the floral tribute to the monument of A. Pushkin at Firoz Shah Road, New Delhi, paid by Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL), Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan, Delhi University, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, Director, Institute of Russian Language, teachers of Russian language, Ms. Elena Barman, President, Indian Association of Russian Compatriots, and a large number of students of Russian language from different universities, schools, and Institute of Russian Language.
The floral tribute was followed by the Literary Carnival “Here Everything Breathes Pushkin”. The programme comprised poetry recitation competition, quiz on Alexander Pushkin, literary carnival, parade of Pushkin’s characters, etc. Ms. Tatyana Perova welcomed the gathering with a note of introduction on the significance of the Day of Russian Language coinciding with the birthday of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, a poet of global dimension. Ms. Tatyana Shipilova dwelt upon the literary career of Alexander Pushkin who turned out to be a poet of humanity of the world.
The participants included students from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and the Institute of Russian Language, RCSC.
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 poetical and musical performance based on Pushkin’s writings by Indian students of Russian language, presentation of characters of Pushkin’s works in their original costumes, etc., highly impressed the gathering. An interesting aspect of the programme was that the students recited the poetry not only in Russian but also in Hindi and English.
The winners of Russian language competitions and literary quiz were felicitated with the presentation of certificates, trophies and Russian souvenirs by Prof. R. Kumar, Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan and Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy.
It is recalled that in 2011 the President of the Russian Federation signed a Decree establishing June 6, the 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. Russian is one of the major languages of the world and it is the most wide-spread out of all the Slavic languages, as well as the most common European languages in the geographical aspect. As per 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.