Under the auspices of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Thiruvananthapuram, a three month long literary festival is being organized as part of the 125th birth anniversary of Russia’s great poet Sergey Esenin.
The series of events began with an exhibition of photographs. Renowned writer and film maker Mr. Madhupal inaugurated the exhibition on 8th October 2020. In his address, Mr. Madhupal said that Sergey Esenin was a renowned poet known for his transparent approach to life and sincerity in conveying his thoughts through simple words. More than 100 photographs were exhibited at the art gallery of the centre, which illustrates milestones in his life, his family members, friends and moments from his last days.
At the hotel S.P. Grand Days the international online seminar took place, which was dedicated to the life and creative path of the Great Russian poet. The seminar was attended by representatives of the cultural elite, famous Indian writers and poets, as well as lovers of Russian literature.
Writer, critic and Pro-Vice chancellor of the Shree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Dr. K S Ravikumar inaugurated the seminar. In his address, Dr. Ravikumar said that Sergei Esenin was a ‘prophetic poet’. “Esenin started writing at the age of nine and attained fame when he was fifteen years old. In fact, it was at St. Petersburg, that he became famous as a poet. “Love” was the major theme in Yesenin’s work. He wrote for the ordinary men and penned against the establishments. Though initially, Sergey Esenin supported the Bolshevik movement but later stood against the government, when he learned that poverty was given less priority. He was a true nationalist.” said Dr Ravikumar.
Ms. Swethlana Shetrakova, Director of the Moscow State Esenin Museum inaugurated the Webinar. In her address, Ms. Shetrakova briefed on the biography of the poet and also explained the activities of the museum.
Presiding over the function, Convener of the Literary club at Russian Centre of Science and Cultural, Thiruvananthapuram, Mr. Pradeep Panangaud said that Esenin’s impressive passage through Russian and world poetry left an indelible mark. “As he had come to St. Petersburg from the country side, many called him as a farmer poet. But he pointed out that he was not a farmer poet, but a poet.”
Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Cultural, Thiruvananthapuram, in his welcome speech, compared Sergey Esenin with his contemporary writers like Mayakovsky and Maxim Gorky. He conveyed that the festival will also comprise of a virtual tour around Esenin museum in Moscow, publication of a biography of Sergey Esenin, and presentation of Esenin awards. Ms Kavitha Nair, Asst. Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Cultural, Thiruvananthapuram welcomed the gathering earlier.
Ms. Achala Moulik, former Education Secretary, Government of India, writer and the laureate of Esenin award, Prof. Govindan Nair, former Head of the Department of Russian, University of Kerala and laureate of Pushkin medal, Poet Ms. Rose Mary, laureate of Esenin award were the other eminent participants in the webinar.
Strict Covid 19 protocols were followed while conducting the webinar.