The children of Kerala will certainly be amused to learn that the Malayalam translation of Russian Fairy Tales was released at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum.
The releasing ceremony of the book “Vasilisa and other Russian Fairy Tales” was held at the Banquet Hall of Hotel S.P. Grand Days in Trivandrum on August 12. 2018. The translation was done by Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum.
The 80-page book consisted of Vasilisa the Wisest, Frog Princess, Sivka Burka, Magic Swans, Father Frost, Emilya and the Pike, and others.
The distinguished guests who graced the occasion were Dr. Krishnan Nair Jayakumar, I.A.S., former Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, Poet and Script-Writer, who released the book, along with writer Prof. Chandramathy (Chandrika Vijayan), and poet Prof. Perumbuzha Gopalakrishnan.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Jayakumar said that the Russian fairy tales encouraged the children not only in Russia but also in other parts of the world in flourishing their reading habits. “All Russian fairy tales were written to teach the next generation the moral value of life. The stories teach the strength of truth and love. The attitude of Russian people to their tradition and culture, the relationship between men and animals are reflected in the stories”, he said. Dr. Jayakumar also appreciated the initiative of the publishers to re-introduce the translated version of the Russian fairy tales into Malayalam.
In his speech, Mr. Goopalakrishnan noted that the book takes his mind back to his childhood. The fond of letters and pictures induce a nostalgic feeling into the mind, he said. Prof. Chandramathi said that the Russian fairy tales played a major role in shaping the writer in her writing career.
Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair said that Russian importance to the new generation, adding that the country also introduced a new programme to promote old traditional fairy tales. Mr. Nair further said that fairy tales help influencing children across the world, and it serves as s source of amusement, moulding good character, habits, love of nature, etc.
The function started with a light-and-sound show in the background of the forest where the story of Vasilisa takes place. The characters of the story like Vasilisa, Prince Ivan, Baba Yaga Bear, etc., were on the stage. A music concert by famous Russian singer and laureate of many Russian and International Awards Ms. Ksenia Vasilievskaya followed the book-releasing ceremony.
Eight TV channels covered the programme. Five articles in the newspapers have already been published, and more are expected to follow.