Literary Festival to mark 190th Birth Anniversary of Leo Tolstoy

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The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum organised a seminar on the influence of Tolstoy on  world literature and,  his role in moulding Gandhi's' perspective to social work. The function was held on September 9, 2018.

Noted writer Dr. George Onakkoor inaugurated the seminar. In his speech Dr. Onakkoor said that Leo Tolstoy was a Saint among the writers. "Tolstoy was born in a noble family, but he always stood with the poor. He participated in the Crimean War, but wrote for peace. His works can be considered as epics. His masterpieces “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” are rated among the best novels in the World. He also wrote for children. Tolstoy encouraged his contemporary writers both in Russia and abroad. Tolstoy's role in world literature cannot be replaced", - said Dr. Onakkoor.

Prominent writer Mr. Madhu Nair, who had visited Tolstoy's birth place Yasnaya Polyana, spoke how the Russians today remember the outstanding writer. "Tolstoy Estate reflects the personal life as well as the life of a genuine writer. Both the Government and the people remember their writer - icon with pride”, - said Madhu Nair. He also added that the visit to Tolstoy Estate was a journey not only through the life of the writer but also through his works.

Dr. Krishnakumar, Head of the Department of the Russian Language, University of Kerala, said that Mahatma Gandhi was very much influenced by Leo Tolstoy. The letters exchanged between them played a major role in shaping a social worker in Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi's Tolstoy Farm in South Africa reveals their relation.

Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the RCSC in Trivandrum presided over the meeting.

The three day long literary festival comprised Piano concert by Ksenia Vasilevskaya and screening of the film by Sergei Bondarchuk “War and Peace”.

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