THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Seminars, photo exhibitions and film screenings will mark the year-long ‘2015: Year of literature in Russia’ which was inaugurated at the Russian Cultural Centre here on Sunday. Twelve seminars will be organised from January to December 2015 as part of the festival.
‘’We will also organise photo exhibitions titled ‘Stars of the month’ highlighting Russian writers who were born in that particular month. Festival of Russian films based on Russian classics will be held in five major cities and towns in Kerala; Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Malappuram and Kozhikode,” Russia’s honorary consul in Thiruvananthapuram Ratheesh C Nair said.
Writer Dr George Orakkoor, who inaugurated the festival, said that the Russian people’s love for reading and their affinity towards literature helped that country to become a powerful nation. ‘’Writers were well-appreciated by the rulers of Russia and the former USSR. Novelists like Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, poets like Alexander Pushkin and playwrights like Anton Chekov are examples. Novelists like Boris Pasternak and Alexander Solzhenitsyn and poets like Anna Akhmatova carried forward the essence of true Russian Literature,’’ Onakkoor said.
Journalist Vinu Abraham, who delivered the keynote address, said that literature played a key role in strengthening people-to-people relationship between Russia and India. Dr S Anil Kumar, Deputy Head of the Russian Language Institute at the centre, proposed the vote of thanks.
The New Indian Express