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, 2019.
The celebration started with the floral tribute to the monument of Alexander Pushkin at Mandi House Circle, New Delhi, paid by Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, Founder-President of the Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL), Prof. Abhai Maurya, Prof. Hem Chandra Pande, 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 Programme “All Life is a Precious Moment”. The programme comprised poetry recitation in Russian, song and dance, the performance of characters of Pushkin’s works, etc.
Ms. Tatiana Perova, 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 the humanity of the world.
At the outset, certificates of merit from ROSSOTRUDNICHESTVO were issued to Ms. Tatyana Shipilova, Director, Russian Language Institute, Irina Utkina, Russian teacher, and Mrs. Monika Sharma, Russian Teacher, DPS Dwarka. Later the same award to be given to Prof. Neelakshi Surianaraian after her return from the Conference abroad.
The highlight of the programme was the presentation of the latest Book authored by Prof. Hem Chandra Pande, a Hindi translation from Russian titled “Collection of Stories: 7 Folk Tales of Russia”.
The amazing performance by Indian students of Russian language 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, songs and dance highly impressed the gathering.
The celebration also summed up the number of competitions devoted to the Birthday of Pushkin and Russian language which were coming the last two months – best students were awarded for the win in a spelling contest, poetry reciting, grammar skills and others. Indian students also participated in international event such as the contest of the poetry written by participants in the style of Pushkin and devoted to the poet or Russia and Russian language. One of three winners among about 1000 participants from 54 countries created his verses in India. In Facebook, Instagram and other social networks greetings and poetry reciting devoted to the event were placed. The participants were presented with certificates, books and Russian souvenirs by Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, Prof. Abhai Maurya and Mr. Fedor Rozovoskiy.
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. Russian is one of the major languages, as well as the most common European languages in the geographical aspect.