Second Festival of Russian Language and Literature inaugurated in Trivandrum


In his inaugural speech Mr. Karithikeyan stressed the necessity of popularising Russian Language and Literature in India. “Solvanic Culture and letters originated more than One Thousand years ago. World Literature can not be discussed without mentioning the contribution of Russian Language and Literature. It began with the contribution of father of Russian Literature Alexander Pushkin. Dostoevsky’s ‘Karamazov Brothers’ is rated as one of the best novels in the world. Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ can be considered as an epic. Anton Chekhov’s stories and dramas have relevance. There are more than 800 common words in Sanskrit and Russian. Kerala is committed to promote Russian Language and Literature. Russian is taught in four schools in Trivandrum University of Kerala and University of Calicut offer Russian Language courses. The State Education Department and the Russian centre jointly organize virtual Russian language course using Educational Satellite ‘Edusat’- said Mr. Karthikeyan He also thanked Russia and foundation Russkiy Mir for selecting Trivandrum as the venue for the Russian Language Festival. Member of Parliament of India Mr. A. Sampath presided over the function. H.E. Mr. Nikolai A Listopadov, Consul General of Russia in Southern India was the Guest of Honour. Bishop of Malankara Orthodox church Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregarious, former Chief Secretary of Kerala and writer Dr. D. Babu Paul, Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University Dr. A. Jayakrishnan, Representative of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy Dr. Tatyana Perova etc. spoke on the occasion. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum welcomed the gathering. Dr.P. Gopinath proposed vote of thanks. Teachers of Russian Language Departments from various Universities in India, members of Russian centres, Students and Teacher of the Pushkin Centre of Russian Languages, writers etc participated.