The celebration of the International Day of the Russian Language and Pushkin’s Birthday, organized by the Rossotrudnichestvo Representative Office, began in New Delhi few days before June 6 with the “Read Pushkin” campaign and the drawing contest “The World of Pushkin's Tales”. A webinar was held on the eve of the holiday, bringing together more than fifty participants from seven educational institutions in four states.
On June 6, the celebration continued with the traditional Floral Tribute at the Pushkin monument in the centre of the Indian capital. The ceremony was attended by RCSC employees and Indian fans of Russian literature. As always, on the eve of the great poet’s birthday, RCSC employees washed the monument and rubbed it with special oil. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown and the ban on holding mass events, the Representative Office was not able to invite all of its Indian friends. But mentally and spiritually they were with us and Alexander Sergeyevich.
Then the All-India Reader Contest began, organized by the Rossotrudnichestvo Representation in India jointly with the JNU University. The poetic marathon, which lasted almost five hours, was attended by representatives of 11 educational institutions of India, which teach the Russian language, in total around seventy people. Students with great enthusiasm and artistry read the poetry of the great poet. Some of the participants tried to combine Pushkin’s lines with the traditional Indian style of recitative and musical performance of poetic works. According to the results, the winners were announced - Gargi Ghosh, currently studying at the State Institute of the Russian Language named after Pushkin, Tarannum, Amir Abbas and Hrithik Kumar Singh from the University of Delhi, as well as Swati Shukla and Lakshia Avit Kishor from the JNU University. In addition, Consolation Prize was awarded to students from all participating educational institutions.
In the evening, the Representative Office in New Delhi joined the many-hour International Literary and Musical Marathon “Let's Read Pushkin,” organized by Rossotrudnichestvo. Professor of Delhi University Nilakshi Suryanarayan read her favorite prose lines from Pushkin’s novel “Station Warden”, and after a few hours, she was invited to read poetry as well.
Throughout June, the celebration will continue with the online screenings on the official page of the RCSC, Delhi in Facebook of feature films and animated films based on the works of Alexander Pushkin.