The Day of Russian Language, dedicated to the birthday of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was marked with splendour at a function organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi, together with the Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL) and the Indian Association of Russian Compatriots (IARC), on June 5, 2017.
The celebration started with the floral tribute to the monument of Alexander Pushkin at Firoz Shah Road, New Delhi, paid by Ms. Urmil Satyabhushan, President, Parichay Sahitya Parishad, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Ms. Nana M. Mgeladze, Counsellor (Culture), Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, Director, Institute of Russian Language, Ms. Elena Barman, President of the Indian Association of Russian Compatriots, a large numbers of teachers and students of Russian language from the Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, and others.
The floral tribute was followed by the Literary Carnival “Here Everything Breathes Pushkin”. The programme comprised poetry recitation in Russian and translation in Hindi, Urdu, English, German, French and Japanese, songs and dance items, performance of characters of Pushkin’s works, etc.
At the outset, Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, in her welcome note, explained the significance of the Day of Russian Language coinciding with the birthday of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, a poet of global dimension, who turned out to be a poet of humanity of the world.
The amazing performance by Indian students of Russian language, particularly Vikrant Ahuja, an all-rounder who assumed the role of Pushkin, testified to the fact as to how deep they have imbibed the very soul of the works of Pushkin. The poetical and musical performance based on Pushkin’s writings by Indian students of Russian language, presentation of characters of Pushkin’s works highly impressed the gathering. The participants were presented with certificates and Russian souvenirs by Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy and Ms. Ms. Nana M. Mgeladze.
Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, on the same occasion, presented certificates to the outstanding performers of the International Project “Let Us Read Pushkin” organised by the Federal Agency R0SSOTRUDNICHESTVO. He also read out a message from the Head of the Federal Agency Ms. Lubov N. Glebova.
It is recalled that in 2011, 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. Russia is one of the major languages, as well as the most common European languages in the geographical aspect.