The VIIth Annual Russian Language and Literature Festival, organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture has begun in Trivandrum at the Galaxy Hall of the Hotel Residency Tower on 14th of December 2017. Renowned Russian Film Maker Mr. Alexander Sokurov and Chief Representative of the ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO, and the Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi Mr. Fyodor Rozovskiy inaugurated the Festival.
In his inaugural address Mr. Sokurov said that India proved to be a true friend of Russia and that the contribution of language and literature played a major role in cementing these strong ties. "Russia and India have great tradition and culture. Culture is moulded thanks to the development of language and the literature catalyzes the process of the development of language. Making use of these language and Literature among the people will go long way in bringing the people closer to each other. Nowadays movies can also contribute greatly in providing platform for the people of different counties to know each other’s culture. Organizing such festival will help the new generation to create a new peaceful world order"', said Mr. Alexander Sokurov.
In his inaugural address, Mr. Fyodor Rozovskiy said that this year's festival is very important since it coincides with the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India. "The Festival that comprises series of seminars, Olympiad for Russian language students, film shows and many more will help the promotion of the Russian language and literature in India”, said Mr. Rozovskiy.
Russian poet Vladislav Malanko, Director of the Moscow State Esenin Museum Swetlana Shetrakova, Bishop of the Malankara Orthodox church Dr. Gabrial Mar Grigorious also delivered their speeches on the occasion.
This year's Sergey Esenin award, which was jointly instituted by the Moscow State Esenin Museum and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum 9 years ago, comprising of the Esenin’s bust, silver medal and citation collection was presented to Tamil writer and translator Ms. Arumbu Subramanyan. Ms. Subramanian delivered acceptance speech. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum Ratheesh C. Nair welcomed the gathering.
Also during the function, the portrait of Fyodor Dostoevsky along with Mr. Perumbadavam Sreedharan who wrote one of the famous Malayalam novels based on Dostoevsky's life was presented to Mr. Sreedharan. The portrait was painted by Russian artist Evgenia Maltseva. The “Youth and Tourism Icon” Award by the Indo-Russian Youth Club was presented to Ms. Iana Filippova, winner of the best vocalist award of the “Queen of Euro-Asia” international beauty contest. She is also the President of Indo-Russian Youth Club, “Altai”.
The formal function was followed by the Russian Poetry recitation and songs by Iana Filippova.
The guests of the event were representatives of the state's creative intelligentsia, prominent public figures, teachers and students studying the Russian language, Russian compatriots.
The event was covered widely by the online and print media in India.