Activites in 2011

Report 2011

Rozhdestvo Celebrations

Russian Cultural Centre celebrated Rozhdestvo on 7 January 2011 by organizing a photo exhibition and Musical evening. Photo Exhibition began on 7 and lasted till 11. Russian Orthodox Churches and Rituals were reflected in the photo exhibition.

Musical concert by Yulia Suhopara and Nadezhda Zakharova was held on 7 January at 7 pm. These singers from St.Peters Burg sang more than 15 songs including folk songs. Christmas song, New Year song were the highlight.

Day of Russian Language Teachers in Kerala

Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum organised a meeting of Russian Language Teachers in Kerala on 28 January at 6-30 pm. The meeting was attended by the Russian language teachers from all over the state including Russian language teachers in Schools, Universities and the retired teachers. The meeting was inaugurated by writer, scholar and the former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University Dr.G.Balamohan Thampi. In his inaugural speech Dr.Thampi said that knowledge of Russian language would help to know the culture of Russia- a real friend of India.” Study of Russian language used to be fashion between 1960s and 1990s. But just after the disintegration of the former USSR , the interest of learning Russian language had come down. But now thanks to the initiative of the Russian Centres of Science and Culture and of course the timely action by the Government of Russia, people in India gets a chance to learn Russian Language. But more efforts have to be taken to introduce contemporary Russian literature, Said Dr.Balamohan Thampi.

Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh C.Nair presided over the function. In his speech, Mr.Nair asked the Russian language teachers to act as the goodwill Ambassador to popularise the development, being taken place in the present Russia.

Senior Russian language teachers like Dr.Rajendran Nair (University of Kerala), Dr.K.Govindan Nair , Dr.Parvathy (University of Kerala) and Dr.R.Gopi (University of Kerala) were honoured in the function.

It has been decided to hold the meeting of the Russian language teachers in South India in the month of June 2011. A committee was formed to register a new organisation Kerala Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature. The association will function at the Russian Cultural Centre.

My favourite Russian writer

A year long series of programme My favourite Russian Writer was inaugurated on 30 January at the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum. There will be 12 lectures in 2011- one in each month. Famous writers in south India will talk about the Russian writer who influenced them. Dr.V.Venu IAS , Government Secretary for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala inaugurated this series of Literary talks. “ Not only writers in Kerala but the common readers in the state are influenced by Russian writers”, said Dr.Venu in his inaugural address.

Writer who also wrote 2 books on Dosthoevskiy, Prof.G.N.Panicker talked about the contribution of Fyodor Dosthoevskiy. ‘Dosthoevskiy is one of the greatest writers in the world. He narrated the story of common men who committed sins but got salvation through humiliation. He once said that if a chance had been given to him to choose between the truth and Jesus, he would have chosen Jesus. Dosthoevskiy represented a true Russian who believed in Christianity”, said Prof. Panicker.

In his speech Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh C.Nair said that the first programme highlighted Dosthoevskiy because the date coincides with 130th death anniversary of this great writer. “ we are celebrating the 190th birth anniversary of Dosthoevskiy in 2011 and hence more functions are planned to highlight Fyodor Dosthoevskiy”, said Mr.Nair.

Vice-President and News Editor of ACV Channel Mr.Rajesh Pillai also spoke on the occasion.

Poems for Peace

An evening dedicated to World Peace was organised by the Russian Cultural Centre on 2 February. This evening of poems on peace was organised to protest the terrorist activity at the Domodedova Airport in Moscow. Chunakkara Ramankutty, famous poet and lyricist led the evening of Peace poems. Before the recitation of poems, people assembled here paid tribute to the innocent victims at Domodedova.

5 famous Malayalam Poets including Pradeep Panangad and Mangad Ratnakaran recited poems on peace. The function was organised in association with Nehru Centre, Trivandrum.

Exhibition Russian Winter

Exhibition of photographs of famous Russian paintings highlighting the beauty of winter in Russia began at the Roerich Art Gallery on 9 February. More than 35 materials were exhibited from 10 am to 5 pm. The paintings of the works exhibited represented a small part of the collections from the Russian Museum in St.Petersburg which has more than 400000 collections of works. Photographs of the painting Children beggars by Firs Zhuravlev, version of the Dog Barking and bell jingling by Alexander Gerasimov, Muscovite Cabby by Leonid Turzhansky,Wintry Day by Pavel Fedotov Forgotten Cemetery by Yuliy Klever were some of the materials that were exhibited.

Famous artist Mahindran and Well known photographer Sreedevan jointly inaugurated the Exhibition. The exhibition was on till 14 February.

Release of the 3rd Edition of the book BEENA KANDA RUSSIA(RUSSIA AS BEENA HAS SEEN) and the screen of the NEVERLAND

The 3rd edition of the travelogue BEENA KANDA RUSSIA (RUSSIA AS BEENA HAS SEEN) and the screen of the NEVERLAND was held at the Russian Cultural Centre on 18 February. Hon’ble Minister for forest and housing Mr.Binoy Viswam inaugurated the function and released the book on Russia by handing over the first copy to famous writer Chandrika. In his address the Minister said that more travelogues have to be published on Russia to know more about the new Russia. “ This will help the people in India to understand the positive change being taken place in Russia”, said the Minister.

Deputy Leader of the Congress party in the Legislative assembly, Mr.G.Karthikeyan was the Guest of Honour. Prof.Chandrika, former Member of Parliament Mrs.C.S.Sujatha and Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh C.Nair spoke on the occasion.

The releasing ceremony was followed by the screen of the film directed by the Russian director Sheraboth Arbova. This documentary was made based on the book BEENA KANDA RUSSIA (about the author and the Russia as seen by her).

Maharaja of Travancore inaugurated the exhibition of paintings by Nikolai Shaplyko and Ekatirina Sorokina

On 20 February, Maharaja of Travancore Padmanabhadasa Sree Marthanda Varma inaugurated a 5 day long exhibition of paintings by Russian artists Nikolai Shaplyko and Ekatirina Sorokina. More than 50 paintings of the artists were on display. The exhibition titled Fractals- Key to the Universe highlighted philosophical thoughts trying to prove that the origin of Micro and the Macro is the same. Paintings reflecting the architectural beauty of Moscow were included in the exhibition.

Inaugurating the exhibition the Maharaja stressed that, fine arts especially paintings can bring the people of various nations closer to each other. “Paintings reflect the inner thoughts of the artist. It shows how the artist sees the world. Paintings of Shaplyko and Sorokina show that their approach to life is based on philosophy”, said the Maharaja.

The exhibition concluded on 25 February and was open to public from 10 am to 5 pm.

An exhibition of paintings by 13 Russian artists in Kochi (partner vernisage)

An exhibition of paintings by  13 Russian artists began at the vernissage art gallery in Kochi, Kerala on 26 February. The exhibition is being organised jointly by the Vernissage art gallery and the Russian Centre of science and Culture. More than 40 paintings are being exhibited. Paintings of VALERIY GARASKEIVICH, ANATOLIY SOLOVIEV,MANSUR SATTAROV,VLADIMIR RYABCHIKOV, SERGEI FEOFANOV, MIKHAIL RYABCHIKOV, MIKHAIL BOGCHAEV, GALINA KIM, GALINA POLOZ, DARIA ANTONOVA, ELIZAVETA MATEVOSSOYAN ,DANIEL CHEPIK and DARIA BK are exhibited. Chief representative of the rossotrudnichestvo and Director RCSC Mr.Fyodor Rozovskiy  and Councillor of the Kochi corporation Mrs.Bhama jointly inaugurated the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion Mrs.Bhama said that exhibition of the Russian artists would help to know the culture and natural beauty of Russia." People in kerala like Russian culture and literature. We get chance to read Russian literature. But seldom we have opportunity to see Russian fine arts. Effort of the RCSC and the Vernissage Art Gallery should be appreciated", said the Councillor.



In his speech, Mr.Rozovskiy promised all the helps possible from the side of the representation of the Rossotrudnichesvo in popularising Russian paintings in India. " It is a rare opportunity to witness the exhibition of paintings by such famous artist like Mr.Garaskeivich and Mr. Soloviev and we ready to co-operate with various organisations in conducting such exhibitions'' said Mr.Fyodor Rozovskiy.

 

 

 

Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of RCSC in Trivandrum Ratheesh Nair, Managing Partner of the Vernissage Art Gallery Mr.Dathan Nair, CEO Mrs.Bindu Nair,Mr.Valeri Garaskeivich and Mr. Aanatoliy Soloviev also spoke on the occasion.
All the paintings are either on oil on canvas or oil on paper. The exhibition will be concluded on 13 March.

PAINTING Exhibition at the Russian Cultural Centre from 2-7 March

Exhibition of paintings by 4 Russian artists was held at the Roerich art gallery of the Russian Cultural Centre from 2 to 7 March. Paintings of VALERIY GARASKEIVICH, ANATOLIY SOLOVIEV, DARIA ANTONOVA and DANIEL CHEPIK were exhibited from 10 am to 6 pm. Renowned film director Mr.Adoor Gopalakrishnan inaugurated the painting exhibition. Beauty of Russia during the four seasons, Old churches, landscapes and architectural beauty of Russian buildings were reflected on the paintings. The artists who exhibited their paintings in Kochi also were present during the inaugural ceremony.

All the paintings were either on oil on canvas or oil on paper. A large crowd visited the centre to watch the exhibition.

Days of Altai Region in Kerala inaugurated

Governor of Kerala H.E.Mr.R.S.Gavai inaugurated the Days of Altai Region in Kerala on 2 April 2011 at Vivanta Taj, Trivandrum. This Siberian Festival was organised jointly by the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum, Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation and the Government of Altai Region. In his inaugural address, Mr.Gavai told that the centuries old relationship between India and Russia got strengthened thanks to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Independent India’s Foreign and economic policies were influenced by the former Soviet Union. He also hoped that the festival Days of Altai would help people in Kerala to know more about Altai region, one of the most beautiful places in Russia. “Since Altai Region is a tourist place, both Kerala and Altai can co-operate in the field of Health tourism, Kerala can promote Ayurveda in Altai. The Altai Days celebration is a good beginning to establish tie up” said the Governor.

The vice-Governor of Altai Region H.E.Mr.Iakov Ishutin was the Guest of Honour. In his address Mr.Ishutin hoped to establish tie up with Kerala in the fields of tourism, culture and industries.

H.E.Mr.Nikolai Listopadov presided over the function. He offered the support of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in organizing such events.

Mr. Fyodor Rozovskiy, ,Head of the Cultural Department of the Russian embassy and Director, RCSC, New Delhi, Mr.Alexander Zhiln, Head of the International Co-operation of Altai Region, Mr.Ratheesh Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director RCSC, Trivandrum and Mr.P.Gopinath, Vice-president of the Indo-Russian Friendship and Cultural Society also spoke on the occasion.

THE EXHIBITION “ GREETINGS INDIA” BY Larisa Pastushkova

Exhibition of paintings by famous Russian painter Larisa Pastushkova is being held at the Roerich Art Gallery, Russian Cultural Centre. The exhibition is organised as part of the on going Russian festival titled Days of Altai in Kerala. More than 30 paintings are exhibited at the art gallery.

Larisa Pastushkova is well known artist in Siberia. She visited India many times to paint the natural beauty of India. She likes Indian philosophy also. This is the reason her paintings being exhibited at the Russian Cultural Centre reflect the philosophy of India and its landscapes. The exhibition is open to public from 10-30 am to 5 pm till 5 April.

Vice-Governor of Altai Region Iakov Ishutin inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai Mr.Nikolai Listopadov and Head of the International co-operation Alexander Zhelin

Altai Region and Kerala – Perspectives in Tourism

A round table discussion on Altai Region and Kerala – perspectives in Tourism was held on 3 April 2011 at Hotel Pankaj. The function was organised in association with the South Kerala Hoteliers Forum (SKHF). Members of the SKHF and the members of the delegation from Altai Region discussed the opportunities in the field of tourism. Mr.Chandrasenan Nair, Secretary, SKHF presided over the function. Mr.Chacko Paul, president SKHF inaugurated the Round table discussion. Both the members of SKHF and the delegation members decided to co-operate in the field of tourism.

Seminar Dialogue of Civilisation

A seminar was organised on 4 April 2011 at the University Senate Chamber at 10 am. Pro-vice Chancellor of Kerala University. Dr. J.Prabhash inaugurated the seminar. In his inaugural speech Dr. J.Prabhash pointed out the role of dialogue of civilisation and culture for world peace. People’s diplomacy is the only way in strengthening relationship among nations. Mr.Valeriy parshikov, Chairperson, Committee for Cultural Affairs of Barnaul. Prof. Nikola Nikonov, Dr. Govindan Nair, Dr. Tamora T selovalnikova and Dr. Jamuna participated in the seminar. The seminar was organised in association with the centre for English Language Teaching, University of Kerala.

Round table discussion ALTAI and Kerala – Business Opportunities

The Round table discussion was organised in association with the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce. Both the visiting delegates and members of the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce discussed the opportunities to establish tie-up in the sphere of Industry Discussion for establishing an Ayurveda Centre in Bernaul. H.E. the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai led the discussion. Mr.Reghuchandran Nair and other members of the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce participated in the discussion.

Cultural evening by LARISA Group

One of the most attractive programmes of the DAYS OF ALTAI REGION IN KERALA was Larisa studio’s Cultural Evening. The artists from Altai presented Russian, Latin American dances. Both classical and contemporary dances attracted the packed crowd at Co-bank Tower Auditorium.

Meeting with the Maharaja of Travancore

The official delegation called on the Maharaja of Travancore H.H.Sree Padmanabhadasa Marthanda Varma. This courtesy visit lasted for one hour.

 

Official Meetings

The visiting official delegation led by H.E.The Vice –Governor of Altai Region Mr. Iakov Ishutin and H.E The Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai called on H.E the Governor of Kerala Shri.R.S. Gavai. The delegation members expressed their interest to co-operate with Kerala in the field of industry, Health tourism, Culture and education. Governor of Kerala H.E.Mr. R.S. Gavai welcomed this suggestion. Head of the department of International co-operation of Altai Region Mr.Alexander Zhelin, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair were also present.

Members of the official delegation also called on the Chief Secretary of Kerala Dr. Prabhakaran and Addl. Chief Secretary Mr. T. Balakrishnan.

 

Agreement signed

Agreements were signed between the Altai State Technical University and 5 resorts in Kerala. Agreements were also signed between Barnaul State Pedagogical Academy and resorts like Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Travancore Heritage, Poovar Island Resort, Udaya Samudra Resort. A memorandum of Understanding was signed between Sivaji College of Engineering and Altai State Technical University

Valedictory function

The closing ceremony of the Days of Altai Region in Kerala was held on 5 April 2011 at Vivanta by Taj. The Vice Governor of Altai Region Mr.Iakov Ishutin Inaugurated the valedictory meeting.

In his speech Mr.Ishutin described how best the Altai festival helped the people in Kerala to get acquainted with the culture of Altai. H.E.Mr.Nikolai Listopadov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Southern India was the Guest of Honour. Mr.Ratheesh Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum welcomed the gathering. Head of the Department of International Co-operation of Altai Region Mr.Alexander Zhelin and Mr.P.Gopinath, Vice-President of the Indo- Russian Friendship and Cultural Society were present on the occasion.Cultural performance by the Larisa studio was an added attraction to the valedictory function. Cream of the capital of the state Kerala attended the function.

 

 

50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight

On 16 April 2011 minister of Education and Cultural Affairs Mr.M.A.Baby and Minister of Forest Mr.Binoy Visvwam Jointly inaugurated a 3-month long Russian festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the Yuri Gagarin’s Space flight. Inaugurating the festival, Mr.M.A.Baby stressed the importance of the space flight of Yuri Gagarin.” It was one of the greatest achievements of human being. It was also a great achievement of the Soviet Union especially during the bi-polar world. This initiative of the former USSR was a major milestone in the history of science and technology, especially space science technology. Like in many other fields co-operation between Russia and India in the sphere of Space technology is a modal for the rest of the world”, said Mr.M.A.Baby.

 

In his key note address Minister Binoy Viswam pointed out that space science and technology had become the integral part of our life. Weather forecast, agriculture, tele-communication and many other areas in the man kind are directly connected with space technology. Role of Russia in the development of space technology should be appreciated, said Mr.Binoy Viswam. Mr.Ratheesh Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum presided over the function. Mr.P.Gopinath welcomed the gathering.

The Festival comprising series of seminars, photo exhibitions, competitions, round table discussions etc. started with the concert by the famous dance group in Russia RADOST. Cossack dance, Kavkassian dance, gypsy dance and Dance Lebedev based on Pushkin’s poem were great attractions. Famous actor of Indian film Nedumudi Venu honoured the Group leader and president of the association Dostoyania Mrs. Natalia Pivovorava.

Chekhov’s play the Bear staged

Malayalam version of Chekhov’s drama The bear was staged on 20 April at the Russian Cultural Centre as part of the on going Russian Cultural and scientific festival being organised by the Centre as part of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight. The drama was directed by Film actor and theatre activist Jagannathan. Dr.Raja Warrier, Dr.Ambikatmajan Nair and Sushama enacted the roles of Smirnov, Luka and Papova respectively. Art-Satheesh, music- Balasankar Mannath.

Exhibition of paintings by Leonid Zorin

Exhibition of painting by Russian artist Leonid Zorin began at the Russian Cultural Centre art gallery on 27 April. Leonid Zorin, an architect by profession is also famous painter. He loves India and makes paintings that reflect India’s landscapes and heritage. This time his paintings highlighted Kerala’s beautiful nature, historic places ,monuments etc. More than 25 paintings were exhibited in exhibition titled letter from India. This included ‘museum of Trivandrum’, ‘samudra beach’, ‘Sagara Kanyaka of Sangumugam’ etc. The painting exhibition concluded on 29 April and was open to public from 10 am to 5 pm

Vacation Class at the Russian Cultural Centre

Vacation class at the Russian cultural centre began on 5 May. The classes were conducted for Russian language, Chess, painting and piano. Russian language class was conducted by Dr.Govindan Nair. Students joined for special beginners class. Those who successfully completed joined for Certificate course. There were more than 90 students attended vacation classes. Mr.Madhu conducted class for piano. Artist Mahindran took class for painting and Mr.P.K.RPillai conducted class for chess.

Celebration of the day of family, love and faith and formation of Indo- Russian family club

Russian Cultural Centre organised a function on 7 May to celebrate the day of family, love and faith. President of the Indo-Russian family club Mr.S.Sanelkumar inaugurated the function. Cultural activist Mr.Santhosh was the guest of honour. Writer Pradeep Panagad delivered the key note address. In his address Mr.Pradeep Panangad stressed the necessity of strengthening family relations for making a strong nation.

2 Russian-Indian couples were also participated in the function. It was also proposed to suggest the Russian friends to form the similar association in Russia. The executive committee of the Indo-Russian family club decided to invite their Russian friends to Kerala. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Trivandrum and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh Nair was also present.

Photo Exhibition VILIKAYA POBEDA

Like in the previous years, an exhibition of photographs was held at the Roerich Art gallery to highlight the Victory of the Former Soviet Union in the Second World War. More than 40 photographs were exhibited at the gallery that reflected the scenes from the history that led to this great victory that changed the future of the entire World. Photographs of the Preparation for the WW-II, Photographs from the war fields, photographs of moments of victory etc. were highlighted in the exhibition. The photo exhibition titled VILIKAYA POBEDA (Great Victory) began on 9 May and concluded on 14 May.

Seminar “Space for Peace” to mark the 50th anniversary of

Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight

In association with the Kerala Alumni association PFU, the Russian Cultural Centre organised a seminar on Space for Peace on 16th May at Alleppy. The seminar was organised to mark the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight. The function was held in the conference hall of the house boat Goodwill.

Dr.Narayan who joined People’s Friendship University in 1961(first batch- and the year when Gagarin made his flight) inaugurated the seminar. In his address, Dr.Narayan shared his experience as a witness how Russia celebrated the achievement of the country and Yuri Gagarin. Dr. Venu Ittikkot, Director of the Institute of Ocean technology of the Berman University in Germany (who also passed out from People’s Friendship University delivered key note address. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Trivandrum and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh Nair presided over the function. Dr.K.Soman, former scientist of the Centre for Earth Science Studies and Dr.Madhusoodhanan also spoke on the occasion.

Exhibition of paintings/paper collage by Anil Karoor

An exhibition of paper collage by Anil Karoor was held at the Roerich Art Gallery of the Centre from 11 May. The portrait of the Indian leaders and Russian leaders were made in the paper collage media. More than 30 materials were exhibited from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

 

Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala Mr.K.Jayayakumar inaugurated the exhibition. In his inaugural address, Mr.Jayakumar pointed out the role of fine arts in knowing the culture of another nation. Mr.Udayavarman, Director, Department of Museum and Zoos, Mr.Venu Thekkemadam, Secretary, Kerala Chalachtra Parishath were present for the inauguration.

 

The exhibition lasted till 14 May

 

Exhibition FIRST IN SPACE

A photo exhibition FIRST INSPACE was held at the Roerich Art Gallery of the Russian Cultural Centre from 1 to 5 June. More than 50 photographs were exhibited. These included the scenes from the preparation for space flights, photographs of the men behind Soviet space science technology, training programmes for Yuri Gagarin, his family and childhood, Gagarin with his collegues like Valentina Tereshkova and also reception that was organised at the Red square were exhibited. Photographs of the reception given in India were also exhibited. The exhibition was open to public from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

The exhibition was organised in association with the Foundation RUSSKIY MIR.

 

 

 

 

Pushkin Day celebrations

Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum organised a literary meeting on 7 June to celebrate the birth day of Alexander Pushkin. The meeting was held at the conference hall. Dr.Govindan Nair, former Head of the Department of the Russian Language, University of Kerala briefed Pushkin’s biography and his role in the world Literature. He said that Pushkin introduced Russian poetry to the rest of the world. “Pushkin started writing poems at the age of 8 and could publish his works at age 13. He lived only 32 years but during this small span of life he could conquer the entire world of literature. As he mentioned in the poem Monument, he is still living in the heart of people who love poetry. You can not find even a single Russian who does not know at least one poem of Alexander Pushkin by heart”, said Prof.Govindan Nair

Ms. Olga Drozdova, Ms.Galina Gamburg and Ms. Viktoria Tulina recited Pushkin’s poems.

Exhibition of painting by the winner of the painting competition Sera Mariam Binny

Exhibition of painting by the winner of the painting competition Sera Mariam Binny was held at the Russian Cultural Centre for 5 days from 7June. This exhibition was organised as part of the promotion of the members of the Indo-Russian Youth Club. Also Miss. Sera Mariam Binny was the winner of painting competition that was conducted as part of the vacation class for painting. The same was conducted at the Roerich Art Gallery, Trivandrum.

 

Minister for Transport, Government of Kerala Mr.V.S.Sivakumar inaugurated the exhibition and Minister for Tribal welfare Miss. Jayalakshmi presided over the function. Both Ministers appreciated the initiative being taken by the Russian Cultural Centre in promoting not only Russia’s Culture but Indian culture also. Minister for Cultural Affairs Mr.K.C.Joseph visited the art gallery to watch the exhibition.

National Day Celebration

The Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Thiruvananthapuram and the Russian Cultural Centre celebrated the National Day of the Russian Federation on 12 June, 2011 at the Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum. The function began with the National Anthem of the Republic of India and the Russian Federation. The Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation Ratheesh Nair welcomed the guests. Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Mrs.Chandrika and the Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Mr.Dennis E.Alipov addressed the gathering. Both the Mayor and the Minister counsellor underlined that the relationship between Russia and India remains unchanged irrespective of the geo-political changes.

The official meeting was followed by the music concert by Vladimir Bultukin and Peter Melentiev. This 40 minutes musical programme was the highlight of the evening. They sang both Russian classical and folk song.

VIPs of the state of Kerala attended the programme. These included the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram, former Minister of State (External Affairs) Government of India who was the under Secretary General of the United Nations Mr.Sasi Tharoor, Former Minister of state for defence, Government of India Mr.O.Rajagopal, Member of Parliament Mr.A.Sampath, Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala Mr.Tom Jose IAS, Director General of Police Mr.Jacob Punnoose IPS, Additional Director General of Police Mr. Sankar Reddy IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government Dr. V.Venu IAS, Bishop of the Malankara Orthodox Church His Grace Dr.Gabriel Mar Gregorious, Members of Legislative Assembly, senior bureaucrats, Deputy Head of Atomstroy Expert at Koodankulam Mr.Alexander Kvasha, writers like Puthusseri Ramachandran and Prof.D.Vinayachandran, senior journalists, representatives of Chamber of Commerce and CII etc.

Dr.Boban who attended the training programme in Moscow felicitated

Dr.Boban who underwent training programme for Russian language teaching programme at the People’s Friendship University was felicitated by the Russian Cultural Centre and the members of the Russian Speakers Forum. The Training programme was jointly organised by the Foundation of Russkiy Mir and People’s Friendship University of Russia. Dr. Boban was one among two Russian Language teachers Selected from India. Former Head of the Russian Language Department of the University of Kerala inaugurated the function that was held on 25 June. Dr.Boban explained about the course also explained how it was useful to a person who teaches Russian language abroad.

Dr.Govindan Nair presented memento to Dr.Boban. A film that was shot during the training programme was also shown. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Trivandrum and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh Nair was also present.

Essay writing competition and first round selection of the quiz competition

Russian Cultural Centre organised an essay writing competition on 9 July as part of the on going Russian Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight. 32 students, 2 each from 16 institutions participated in the essay writing competition. The subject of the competition was ‘Russia in the space science technology’. Subject was given to the students just before the beginning of the competition. VHSS, Vellanad won the first prize and the College of Engineering won the second prize.

First round competition for the selection of the institutes’ teams for the final of the National level quiz competition was also held on 9 July 2011.

Exhibition photographs by Subhadra Nair GLIMPSES OF RUSSIA

Russian Cultural Centre organised an exhibition of photographs by 8 year old girl Subhadra Nair in the second week of July. The exhibition that was titled Glimpses of Russia highlighted the natural beauty of Russia, its landscapes and historically important places. Selected 35 snaps from more than hundred photographs taken by her during her visit to Russia. Architectural beauty of buildings in Moscow, banks of Moscow River, Historically important monuments, life in Moscow schools etc were some among the photographs exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery of the centre.

Scenes from T’ver city and Volga River were also reflected on the photographs that were included in the exhibition. Dr.M.K.Muneer, Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Kerala inaugurated the Exhibition. The Exhibition which was inaugurated on 11 July lasted for 4 days. The exhibition was open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm.

National level Quiz competition

National level Quiz competition FIRST IN COSMOS was organised by the Russian Cultural Centre as part of the on going Russian Space Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic travel to the outer space. 4 teams selected from the preliminary round that was held on 9th July participated in the final. The final round of the quiz was held on 16 July at the Russian Cultural Centre Auditorium.

Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, VHSS, Vellanad, Trivandrum, St.Mary’s HS, Pattom, Trivandrum and College of Engineering, Kerala were the finalists. The competition was held for the students between the age of 16 and 22. Renowned Grand Master Dr.Abraham Joseph was the quiz Master and Television anchor Sajidevi was the hostess.

There were 6 rounds in the competition and three questions were only focussed on the history of Russian Space Science Technology and Russia’s achievement in the Space Science development. 2 rounds were based on the visuals that were projected.

St.Mary’s Pattom won the first prize with 70 points and VHSS Vellanad got the second prize with50 points. The back drop was decorated in such way that the participants and audience could feel good ambience.

The competition was organised in association with the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi and Moscow based Russkiy Mir Foundation

Exhibition to mark the 450th anniversary of St.Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow

An exhibition to mark the 450th anniversary of the St.Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was concluded on 20 July. The exhibition was going on for 6 days. The St.Basil’s Church was founded 5 years back. More than40 photographs reflecting the history St.Basil’s cathedral were exhibited at the Russian Cultural Centre. Interior of the Church, Onion dooms of St.Basil’s Cathedral and paintings inside the cathedral etc. were highlighted.

The exhibition was open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm.

Exhibition of paintings by School Children

Russian Cultural Centre in association with the Doodle Art Academy, Trivandrum conducted an exhibition of paintings by more than 10 school children who won the painting competition that was conducted earlier. The subject of the competition was Protect the Mother Nature. The competition was organised on the World Environmental Day and the exhibition of the selected works were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery from 23 to 26 July under the title Little Stokes.

These included the exhibition of the paintings of the winners like  Abhiram Kollari, Aditya Jayakrishnan, Arnov Sathy, Anju Vishal, Biju.M., Gouthami,Hannaa Anjalin

Director of the Museum and Zoo Department, Government of Kerala Dr.Udhayavarman inaugurated the exhibition. In his speech, Dr.Udayavarman pointed out that, encouraging hobbies like painting the nature will help the new generation to love and protect nature. He also appreciated the effort of the Russian Cultural Centre in organizing various functions in this direction.

CD of the Quiz First in Cosmos released

On 5 August Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Mr.G.Karthikeyan released the CD of the quiz competition FIRST IN COSMOS. The 30-minute programme gives information not only about the quiz competition held at the Russian Cultural Centre but also the preparation Yuri Gagarin had to under go before his journey to outer space. The releasing ceremony was held on 3 August. Hon’ble Speaker handed over the CD to the Deputy Director of Centre for Imaging Technology The speaker told that Audio/visual entertainment has to be maximum utilized to promote cultural ties among nations. “Only movie CDs are popular .But this is the high time to make available among common men the developments in other areas like science and technology.

Secretary to the Government (Legislative Assembly) who was the former Judge Mr.Rajan, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Mr.Ratheesh Nair, Quiz Master Dr.Abraham Joseph, Director of Jeevan TV, Mr.M.S.Jayakumar and Joint Secretary of the Indo-Russian Friendship and Cultural Society Mr.R.Krishnakumar were also present.

Tribute to Nikolai Petrov

Russian Cultural Centre organised a function on 5 August as a tribute to the great Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov who died on 3 August. Students of the Tchaikovskiy Music School at the Centre paid homage with flowers. Photographs of Nikolai Petrov were exhibited at the Art Gallery. A brief biography was also displayed at the gallery. Mr.Madhukumar , Pianist, told that Nikolai Petrov was born in a family of musicians and started learning piano at the age of three. He gave regular performances in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory as well as touring widely and appearing at major world venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Royal Festival Hall (London) and the Teatro Colón.

Students played piano as a tribute to Nikolai Petrov

Photo exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of signing the treaty of Peace, Friendship and Co-operation between the former USSR and India

An exhibition of photographs highlighting the milestones in the relationship between Russia/ former Soviet Union and India was inaugurated on 9th August. The exhibition which lasted till 14th August was organised as part of the 40th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Co-operation. The Treaty between the two nations provided impetus to the multi-dimensional relationship between the largest country and the largest democracy in the world.

More than 50 photographs highlighting the important moments in the bilateral relationship between our two countries were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery could provide visual information to visitors on the deep-rooted relationship which has become a model to other nations.

Photographs taken during the visits of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Sastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajeev Gandhi, Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh to the former USSR and Russian Federation and the visit of the Head of states from the former USSR and Russia including the recent visit of Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin were exhibited.

Painting competition SPACE FOR PEACE for school and plus two students as part of the ongoing Russian Space Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight.

A painting competition on the subject Space for Peace was organised as part of the on going Russian Space Festival on 14 August. Students from more than 40 students participated in the competition. A committee led by artist Mahendran selected Archana Surendran (8th class) of St.Thomas school for the first prize. Abhijith Ajay (10th standard from Alen Feldman got second place. Gouthami_ (9TH class) from Saraswathi Vidyalaya School was selected for the third prize.

Selected paintings were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery from 16 August. The competition was organised in association with the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy and Moscow based Russkiy Mir Foundation.

Photo Exhibition DRUGH INDII(FRIEND OF INDIA)m

An exhibition of photographs titled DRUGH INDII(FRIEND OF INDIA) began at the Russian Cultural Centre began on 24 August 2011. The exhibition was organised to mark the 40th anniversary of the first visit of H.E.Alexander Kadakin to India. H.E Mr.Kadakin is presently the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India. Not only he had rare opportunities to be present during the Soviet-Indian and Russian- Indian summits that marked milestones in the relationship between our two nations, but also he him self is playing an important role in cementing Russian- Indian relations.

More than 30 photographs were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery from 10 am to 5 pm. These included the photographs taken during his first visit to India and the photographs taken during the National Day celebration on 10 June 2011. In his welcome speech Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Trivandrum and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh Nair said that Mr.Alexander Kadakin played an important role in re-opening the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum.

Festival of Russian Language , Literature and Science Inaugurated in Trivandrum

Chief Minister of Kerala State in India Mr. Oommen Chandy inaugurated the Festival of Russian Language , Literature and Science that was organised by the Pushkin Centre for Russian Language, Russian Cultural Centre in association with the foundation Russkiy Mir. Inaugurating the Festival, Mr.Oommen Chandy pointed out that by studying Russian language one would get an opportunity to know the culture of Russia. “Russia has a rich culture and tradition. People in Kerala who have almost 100% literacy and reading habit are acquainted with Russian literature. We know Pushkin and Dostoevskiy , the same way we are familiar with our own writers. Russia is a true friend of India. We used to say China- India Bhai , Bhai( India and China are Brothers) But when China attacked India, Russia stood with India. I still remember the celebration we had when India signed the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Co-operation with the former Soviet Union. Incidentally this festival coincides with the the 40th anniversary of the treaty. Learning Russian Language would provide more job opportunities for people living in south India. Last year more than ten thousand Russian tourists visited Kerala. For Russians, Kerala has become the second favourite destination after Goa. Kerala is keen to strengthen business tie-up with Russia. Russian speaking people will be benefited out it” said the Chief Minister.

Mr.Abdu Rubb, Minister for Education, Government of Kerala presided over the function. In his speech the Minister assured the support of the Education Department in popularizing Russian Language.

Mr. Sergei Karmalito , Senior Counsellor of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi delivered the Key note address and stressed that interest for learning Russian language is increased year by year and the Russian Government gives priority in this sphere.

Dr.Ramadhikari Kumar ,President Indapryal and Dr.Tatiana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teaching Centre, RCSC,New Delhi spoke on the occasion. Mr.Ratheesh Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum welcomed the gathering. Dr.Govindan Nair delivered vote of thanks.

3 People who has more than 35 years in teaching Russian were honored by the Chief Minister. Silver Medal, Citation and mementos were presented to Dr. Ramadhikari Kumar, Dr.Rajendran Nair and Dr.Govindan Nair.

 

Seminar on Innovative method of teaching Russian language in India

A Seminar0 on Innovative method of teaching Russian language in India was held on 1st September 2011 as part of the Russian Language Festival. Prof. Vinay Thottavar of the University of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, Dr.Tatiana Perova, Head of the Russian Language Teaching Centre, RCSC,New Delhi, Dr.Govindan Nair, formerly Head of the Russian Language department University of Kerala participated in the seminar. Dr.Ajith Kumar , Russian Language Teacher, SMV School welcomed the gathering. The participants unanimously appealed for the introduction of new teaching materials for teaching Russian Language.

 

 

Round table on the perspective of Russian Language in South India

Round table on the perspective of Russian Language in South India was also organised in connection with the Festival. Dr.Gajananan, Head of the Russian Language Department, University of Mysore, Dr.Gopi, former Head of the Department of Russian Language, University of Kerala and Dr.Boban, Russian Language Teacher, Higher Secondary Girls High School, Pattom, Trivandrum and Dr.Shylaja participated in the discussion. Perspective for teaching Russian Language is high in south India because the number of Russian tourists visiting Kerala is increased year by year. Out of 9 schools in India where Russian is taught as second language, four are situated in Trivandrum. Trade relationship beween Southern Part of India and Russia is also being increased. Thus need to popularize Russian language in South India should be taken seriously. The participants urged.

Master class- Audio-video materials in Russian language class

Master class- Audio-video materials in Russian language class was organised as part of the Festival. Dr.Ramadhikari Kumar from New Delhi, D.Tatiana Perova, Prof. Vinay Thottavar, Dean of the Russian Language Department etc. participated. Dr.Tatiana Perova took class for the Russian Language Teachers who attended the Festival. Power point presentation provided opportunities for the Russian Language Teachers to know more about the use of audio-visual materials in teaching Russian Language.

Lecture and presentation of modern method of teaching Russian language as a foreign language

Lecture and presentation of modern method of teaching Russian language as a foreign language was held as part of the festival. Dr.Ramadhikari Kumar from New Delhi, D.Tatiana Perova, Prof. Vinay Thottavar, Dean of the Russian Language Department, University of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, Dr. Gajanan, Mysore University, Prof. Govindan Nair, Formerly Head of the Department of Russian Language University of Kerala, Dr.Ranganathan, Associate Professor, University of Calicut, Prof. Gopi, Head of the Department of Russian Language University of Kerala, Dr.S.Anilkumar,.S, Head of the Russian Language Institute, Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum , Russian Language teachers from colleges and schools etc. participated.

My Favourite Russian Writer

We also organized a three day series of My Favourite Russian Writer programme in which famous writers in India talked about the Russian writer who influenced them. Renowned writers like Mr.Paul Zakharia, Dr.Punathil Kunjabdulla, Dr.George Onakkoor, Mr.B.Murali, Mr.Mangad Ratnakaran and S. Santhoshkumar participated in the series of seminar.

On the day -2 of the Festival, Writer Paul Zakaria talked about Anton Checkhov. He said Chekhov was a writer who never had prugidious approach to his writings. He also said that writers before communism in Russia had more freedom to express their thinking and only pro- communists writers were encouraged during Soviet era. Writer B.Murali said that he was influenced by Alexander Pushkin. “More than Pushkin’s Poems I like his pros” said the writer.

My Favourite Russian Writer -2

Dr.George Onakkoor talked about his favourite writer Leo Tolstoy. According to him Leo Tolstoy was a saint among the classical writers. “Even though he was born in Royal family, he led a life of saint and wrote for poor people:” said Dr.Onakkoor. Santhosh Kumar S. presided over the function.

My Favourite Russian Writer -3

Dr.Punathil Kunjabdulla was the Chief Guest on the 4th Day of the Festival and delivered talk on the third and last day of the series My Favourite Russian Writer. He talked about Dostoevskiy and Tolstoy. Writer Mangad Ratnakaran was the Guest of Honour. Mr.Ratnakaran talked about Bulgakov.

Olympiad on Russian language

Olympiad on Russian language was organised as part of the festival to attract more school children to Russian Language. This was conducted the Russian Language Students of SMV school , Manacaud Girls High School, Government Girls High School , Pattom. Winners were awarded with prize money.

SERGEY ESENIN THARJIMAKAL released

Mayor of Trivandrum Adv..K.Chandrika released the translated version of the poems of Sergey Esenin titled SERGEY ESENIN THARJIMAKAL . First copy was handed over to the poet Ms.Rosemary. In her address Adv.Chandrika, said that even though Esenin lived only for 30 years he made his mother land proud by popularizing Russian poetry among other nations. “Sergei Esenin loved his country, he loved his villages and this passions reflected in his poems” said the Mayor. Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, Deputy Head of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi delivered the key note address. Poet Rose Mary, Translator Dr.D.Vinayachandran, and Mr.Ratheesh C.Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre spoke on the occasion

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Closing ceremony and presentation of Sergey Esenin Award

Member of Parliament of India Mr.A.Sampath inaugurated the closing ceremony on 4th September. Ms. Yelena Shtapkina, Deputy Head of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi was the Guest of Honour.

Esenin award instituted jointly by the foundation Russkiy Mir and the Moscow State Esenin Museum and the Russian Cultural Centre was presented to Mr. D.Vinayachandran.

Prf. Puthusseri Ramachandran who received last Esenin Award last year was also present.

The festival was covered by all the visual media like Asianet News, Kairali TV, Surya TV, Manorama News, ACV, Jeevan TV, Jai hind TV, and Doordarsan and print media.

Mayor of Kochi Mr.Tony Chammani inaugurated the photo exhibition PYATIGORSK- PEARL OF KAVKAS

Russian Cultural Centre organised an exhibition of photographs titled PYATIGORSK- PEARL OF KAVKAS. Worshipful Mayor of Kochi Mr. Tony Chammany inaugurated the exhibition which highlighted the natural and architectural beauty of the Kavkas City Pyatigorsk.

Inaugurating the Exhibition, Mr. Tony Chammany said that the Kochi Corporation had accepted the proposal from the Mayor of Pyatigorsk to establish twin City relationship. “ Once the council will pass the resolution, we will write the Central Government to obtain the No- Objection Certificate. After that we will sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Pyathigorsk. Meanwhile we would like to invite the Mayor of Pyathigorsk to Kochi”, said the Mayor.

He also said that the exhibition would help the people in Kerala to know more about the beautiful city PYTIGORSK. More than 40 photographs reflecting the landscapes, architecture, historically important paces in Pyatigorsk and Lermontov Museum etc. attracted a good number of visitors. Even though the exhibition was supposed to be concluded on 30th September we prolonged it to 2nd October.

3 TV Channels and News papers like The Indian Express, Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhoomi, Chandrika, Madhyamam, and Janayugam covered the News.

Blood Donation Camp

Russian Cultural Centre associated with the Centre for the Development of Imaging Technology in organizing a blood donation camp on 2 August 2011 in connection with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The function was held at the Roerich Art Gallery. with the help of Medical College, Trivandrum. More than 75 people donated blood.

This was the first step of the Centre in our commitment in social service programme, said Mr.Rathesh C.Nair, the Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum in his address. Dr. Babu Gopalakrishnan, Director, C-Dit inaugurated the Blood donation camp.

Painting Competition and Painting Exhibition to mark the 137th birth anniversary of Nikolai Roerich and World Ozone Day

Russian Cultural Centre in association with M S C Lower Primary School organised a painting Competition and Painting Exhibition to mark the 137th birth anniversary of Nikolai Roerich and World Ozone Day on 9th October at the Roerich Art Gallery. President of the District Panchayat Mrs. Ramani Nair inaugurated the painting competition. School children who won the prizes at the school level competition participated in the final round. More than 15 Lower primary Schools took part in the competition. Taking in to the account t of the World Ozone Day the subject given for the competition was NATURE.

Selected paintings were exhibited at the gallery. Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Mr.A.Sampath inaugurated the Exhibition and presented certificates to the participants.

The New Indian express, Janayugam, Chandrika, Kerala Koumudhi, Veekshanam etc. carried the news.

Exhibition of Russian and Indian Stamps to mark the World Postal Day

An Exhibition of Russian and Indian stamps collected by Dr.S.Anilkumr was held at the Russian Cultural Centre on 10th September. More than 300 Russian stamps and 200 Indian stamps were exhibited at the Roerich Art Gallery from 10 am to 5 pm. Stamps of the Soviet era and post Soviet time were exhibited. Achievements of the former USSR/ Russian Federation in the spheres of literature, space science etc. were included in the exhibition. History of the Soviet Union and Russian Federation was reflected in the exhibition. More than40 stamps were on Russian celebrities. Indian history and achievements were reflected on the Indian stamps. Apart from the members of the Centre, school children also visited the gallery to watch the exhibition.

Exhibition of Portraits ‘Legends in Russian Literature”

An exhibition of portraits titled Legends in Russian Literature was held at the Roerich Art Gallery of the Centre from 26 to 28 October. Portraits of famous Russian writers were exhibited. These included Maxim Gorky, Anna Akhmatova, Sergei Esenin, Boris Pastranarch, Alexander Solshenistin etc. More than 30 portraits by Russian artists attracted good crowd. Mr.Ajith Kumar V.R, Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Kerala inaugurated the Exhibition. “Russian literature is familiar to people in Kerala, thanks to publication houses like Progress, Radhuga. Writers in Malayalam always showed enthusiasm in translating Russian novels and poetry. This helped us to know more about Russian Culture also” said Mr.Ajith kumar in inaugural address.

Members of the Russian speakers’ forum and Pushkin Language Institute were present for the inauguration.

Exhibition of paintings by Olga Okuneva

An exhibition of paintings by the famous Russian artist Ms.Olga Okuneva began at the Roerich Art Gallery of the Centre on 11-11-11 at 11 am. Hon’ble Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly Mr.G.Karthikeyan inaugurated the exhibition. In his inaugural speech, the speaker said that like any other cultural exchange programme, Fine arts especially exhibition of paintings contribute in strengthening cultural ties among nations. Role of the Roerich family in strengthening the relationship between Russia and India is a great example, said Mr.G.Karthikeyan. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Ratheesh C.Nair presided over function.

This was Okuneva’s second exhibition in Trivandrum. The first exhibition was held 8 years back. Title of the second exhibition was Hortus Botanicus. More than 40 paintings in different media were could visit between 10 am and 5pm.

122nd Birth Anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Russian Cultural Centre in association with Nehru Centre celebrated the 122nd birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. Minister for Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala Mr.K.C.Joseph inaugurated the meeting. Former Minster for Parliamentary Affairs Mr.M.M.Hassan presided over the function and former Minister for Excise Mr.Pandalam Sudhakaran was Guest of Honour. Mr.Perumbadvam Sreedaran , noted writer delivered the Key note address. In his address, the Minister pointed out that Nehru was one of the founders of Non- Align Movement. But he strongly advocated for the friendship with the former USSR. Nehru believed in real peoples diplomacy with Russia. When the entire world suffered from economic down turn, India could withstand it because of the mixed economic policy of Pandit Jwaharlal Nehru, said Mr.K.C.Joseph.

Writer Kalpatta Narayanan, Dr.M.R.Thamban, Director, State Institute of Encyclopedia, Mr.Ratheesh C.Nair Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum, Kum.Gatha etc. spoke on the occasion.

Lomonosov Festival inaugurated

A 4-day long festival dedicated Mikhail Lomonosov began on 16 November at the Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum. The festival was organised in association with the Cultural department of the Russian Embassy and Foundation Russkiy Mir. The Festival comprised seminars, Exhibitions and competition for students.

Member of Parliament of India Mr.Sampath inaugurated the Lomonosov Festival. In his inaugural speech, Mr.Sampath pointed out that Mikhail Lomonosov was a blend of scientist and literary activist. “ Lomonosov who was born in a fisherman’s family had to migrate to Moscow to seek admission in the University. Even he had to pretend as the son of the Priest. The same Mikhail had education in Germany. Lomonosov loved to dream and tried his level best to prove that his dreams synchronised with the law of nature. He also could find time to write poems. His contribution to Poetry can not be neglected. Lomonosov laid foundation for the Literary Russian language, said Mr.Sampath.

Prof.Thumpaman Thomas , Kerala State Institute of official Language delivered the Key-note address. “ Russia gifted great poets like Pushkin, great chemist like Mendeleev and great physicist like Alfyorov. But Mikhail Lomonosov was a blend of all these people. Russia rightly honoured him by naming the Moscow State University after Mikhail Lomonosov, said Prof. Thomas.

Mr.Ratheesh C.Nair Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum presided over the function.

Presentation KINO MIRU

Russian Cultural Centre organised a presentation titled Kino Miru on 18 November. This was part of the new concept of the Federal agency Rossotrudnichestvo to show case award winning Russian films to the lovers of good films all over the world.

The function was held at the Fourth Estate Hall of the Trivandrum Press Club. Film Directors, Producers and Students of the visual media Institutes and representatives of the Press attended the Presentation. Mrs. Valentina I. Khishnyakova, Director of the film studio FILM ‘A’ talked about the contemporary film industry in Russia. She also explained how animation films are promoted in Russia and the role of Film Festivals in popularizing good films in Russia. She appreciated the effort of Rossotrudnichestvo in supporting good films through the screenings all over the world with the participation of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.

Mr.Ratheesh C.Nair Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum introduced the Guest. Mr.Vijayakrishnan, film Director and critic delivered the Key note address.

Mrs.Khishnyakova had a meeting with the Minister for Cinema, Government of Kerala Mr.K.B.Ganesh Kumar and discussed the co-operation between Kerala and studios in Russia. Mr.G.Sureshkumar, secretary, Kerala Producers Association and Mr.B.Unnikrishnan, General Secretary, FEFKA- Film Technicians Association were also present.

Lomonosov Festival Day-2

As part of the ongoing Festival to mark the 300th Birth anniversary of Mikhail Lomonosov, a photo exhibition was organised at the Roerich Art Gallery of the Centre. More than 40 photographs highlighting the milestones in the life of Lomonosov were exhibited. These included the photographs of paintings of Lomonosov. Photographs of Moscow State University were added attraction. Quotes of Lomonosov on science, art and literature were also exhibited.

The photo exhibition began on 18 November and was open to public from 10 am to 5 pm.

First Monument to Yuri Gagarin in India was unveiled in Trivandrum

First Monument to Yuri Gagarin in India was unveiled in Trivandrum on 7th December 2011. Minister for tourism, Government of Kerala Mr.A.P.Anilkumar along with the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Southern India H.E.Nikolai A.Listopadov unveiled the bust of Gagarin. Director of the Vikram Sara Bhai Space Centre, Mr..P.S.Veeraraghavan, former Minister for Education, Government of Kerala Mr.M.A.Baby, Head of the Cultural department of the Russian Embassy, Mr.Fyodor Rozovskiy, trained astronaut of NASA Mr. Radhakrishnan, Writer George Onakkoor, President, International Charitable foundation Dialogue of Culture Mr.Ruslan Bairamov and Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Mr.Ratheesh C.Nair etc. were present.

Unveiling the statue, Minister Mr.A.P.Anilkumar said that Yuri Gagarin is a real hero who even risked his life to become the First man in space. Former Soviet Union and Russia play a major role in the development of space science technology. Today we can not imagine a world without the influence of space. Even day today life is dependent on space and technology, said the Minister.

A procession with caparisoned elephant and other Indian traditional dance and music form were organised to mark the event

The monument was unveiled in association with the representative office of Rossotrudnchestvo in New Delhi, International Charitable Organisation Dialogue of Culture and Foundation Russkiy Mir.

Exhibition Poetry of Cosmos

An exhibition titled Poetry of Cosmos began at the Roerich Art Gallery of the Russian Cultural Centre on 7 December 2011. The exhibition was organized as part of the unveiling ceremony of the monument to Yuri Gagarin and on going Russian Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of First man in Space. Rare photographs of Gagarin and Sergei Esenin were included in the exhibition. News papers that published Gagarin’s expedition to outer space, photographs of Gagarin’s visit to India, sepia tinted page covered with Russian Cyrillic written by Gagarin titled avtobiographia, posters that took the visitors through the triumph of the first man who entered the outer space were exhibited.

Consul General of the Russian Federation in Southern India H.E.Nikolai A.Listopadov , former Minister for Education, Government of Kerala Mr.M.A.Baby, Head of the Cultural department of the Russian Embassy, Mr.Fyodor Rozovskiy, Dr.George Onakkoor and trained astronaut of NASA Mr. Radhakrishnan visited the Exhibition.

The exhibition also popularised how Yuri Gagarin loved Esenin and his poems. The exhibition was organized in association with the Moscow State Esenin Museum and was open to public from 10 am to 5pm.

Closing ceremony of Gagarin Festival

Closing ceremony of the year long festival to mark the 50th anniversary of First man in Space was held on 8th December at the Banquet Hall of Hotel S P Grand Days. Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Adv.K.Chandrika inaugurated the valedictory function.

In her inaugural address, the Mayor lauded the contribution of Russia in the development of space science. “Gagarin’s space flight marked a milestone not only in the development of science and technology but also in the history of man kind. Co-operation between India and Russia in the field of Space science technology is a model for the entire world. Nobody can imagine the present world without the impact of space science. Our day to day life is directly dependent on the development of space science” said the Mayor.

Consul General of the Russian Federation in Southern India H.E.Nikolai A.Listopadov presided over the function. Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Dr.P.S.Veeraraghavan was the Guest of Honour. Head of the Cultural department of the Russian Embassy, Mr.Fyodor Rozovskiy delivered the key note address. President, International foundation Dialogue of Culture Mr.Ruslan Bairamov , Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Mr.Ratheesh C.Nair etc. also spoke on the occasion.

Cash awards and mementos were presented to the winners of the space quiz competition and painting competition.

Tribute to Dostoevsky- 20 caricature of the writer in 20 minutes

As part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of the Fyodor Dostoevsky, which began on 11 November, Russian Cultural Centre organised a unique function on 23 December- presentation of 20 caricatures of the great writer in 20 minutes. Well known artist and art director S. Radhakrishnan who is known among film lovers as RK made 20 caricatures reflecting the various moods of Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Mr.K.A. Francis, Chairman of the Kerala Lalithakala Academy ( Kerala Academy of Fine Arts) was the Chief Guest. He said that only a person who would feel the Dostoevsky effect could create such caricatures in limited time. “seeing the 20 pictures, one can feel the entire lifespan of the greatest writer, especially, the caricature of Anna Snitkina was a value addition to the effort, said Mr. Francis. Cinematographer Mr.Ramachandrababu, Mr. T.Damu etc. were present. Famous writer in Malayalam who wrote the novel ORU SANKIRTHANAM POLE based on Dostoevsky’s life Mr.Perumbadavam Sreedaharan visited the gallery to watch the caricatures.

Stall of the Russian Cultural Centre opened at the venue of the International book fair -2011

Director of the kerala State Institute of Children’s literature (KSICL) Prof.Thumbaman Thomas inaugurated the stall of the Russian Cultural Centre at the venue of the International book fair that was organised by the Institute. The stall was opened on 26th December. Russian books, especially literature, translated books, magazines in English and Russian were exhibited. Publication of the Russian Cultural Centre were also exhibited.

Hundreds of people visited the stall every day. Russian fairy tails were the greatest attraction.

We also co-operated with the KSICL in organizing the Children’s Film Festival. Ruslan and Ludmila was the inaugural film.

Media Coverage

More than 350 articles were published about our activities in 2011. All the leading news papers published our news with priority. Visual media also included our activities in their news telecast.

Honour

The Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Mr.Ratheesh C. Nair was honoured with the prestigious Medal instituted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian federation to mark the 200th anniversary of the Consular Department of the Ministry. H.E.the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India H.E.Mr.Alexander Kadakin presented the medal to Mr.Nair during the Russian National Day celebration that was held in New Delhi.

Foundation Russkiy Mir was our partner in organizing various functions including Russian Language Festival and Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight. Our Centre was selected as the winner of the Gagarin Festival by the Foundation Russkiy Mir. Prof. Vyachaslav A.Nikonov , Executive Director of the foundation presented the certificate to the Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Mr.Ratheesh C. Nair in Moscow.