The literary contribution of Mikhail Sholokhov, the world-renowned Russian writer and the Nobel Prize Winner of 1965, was hailed at a special function organised, jointly with the National Sholokhov Museum-Reserve, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on October 18, 2017. The highlight of the programme was the inauguration of the Exhibition “The World of Sholokhov”. The exhibition included the writer’s personal belongings, manuscripts and letters, apart from photos on the houses, where he lived, the nature, villages depicted in his work.
The focus of the event was the conspicuous presence of the new Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India H.E. Mr Nikolay R. Kudashev, who was introduced to the gathering by the Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture Mr Fedor Rozovskiy.
Dwelling upon the unique literary merit of Mikhail Sholokhov, the Chief Guest Mr Ashok Sajjanhar, IFS (Retd.), President of the Institute of Global Studies and former Indiana Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, pointed out that it had left a remarkable impact on world literature. He added that Indian writers have been considerably influenced by his works, which were translated into several Indian languages-a real testimony to his popularity. He lauded the efforts of the RCSC in organising an exhibition on the worthy literary treasure of the great Russian writer.
Expressing his delight over becoming part of a significant event dedicated to the eminent Russian writer and world literary figure, H.E. the Russian Ambassador said that he was highly impressed with the Indian response to Russian language and literature motivated by cultural affinity. Referring to Sholokhov’s work, he noted that the Russian writer and novelist is well known for his writing about the life and fate of Don Cossacks during the Revolution, the Civil War and the period of collectivization, primarily the famous “And Quiet Flows the Don”.
Tracing the literary spark of Mikhail Sholokhov, Dr. Neelakshi Suryanarayan, Head of the Department of Slovanic and Finno-Ugrian Studies, Delhi University, said that Russian literature is profoundly rich with the note-worthy works of Sholokhov, and the Indian students of Russian language and literature were greatly enlightened by them.
Director of the National Sholokhov Museum-Reserve Ms. Olga Anistratenko in her address made a brief background on the monumental institution. The National Sholokhov Museum-Reserve is widely known in Russia and abroad as a unique memorial of the Russian culture, the Cossack history and the Don nature. In 2006, by the Decree of the President of Russian Federation it was included into the National List of the most valuable structure of the cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation.