The Day of Russian Language, dedicated to the birthday of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, was marked with splendour, solemnity and enthusiasm at a function organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), together with the Institute of Russian Language of the RCSC on June 6, 2018.
The celebration started with the floral tribute to the monument of Alexander Pushkin at Firoz Shah Road, New Delhi, paid by Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President of the Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL), Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Ms. Tatyana Perova, Head of the Training Centre of Russian Language Teachers, RCSC, Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, Director, Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, 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, English, German, song and dance, performance of characters of Pushkin’s works, etc.
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.
At the outset, certificates were issued to winners of “Total Dictation – 2018 and TRUD Test”, a special project for foreigners studying Russian language. The winners were Mr. Vladimir Poluektov, Press Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, from the Russian side, and Mrs. Monika Sharma, Russian Teacher, DPS Dwarka, and Dr. Sonu Saini, Assistant Professor, Russian Language, Jawaharlal Nehru University, from the Indian side.
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 Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar.
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.