The second book which is being published as part of the 45th Anniversary of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum was released on 5th December 2020. The book “SERGEY YESENIN- LIFE AND WORKS” (in Malayalam) was authored by Dr Govindan Nair, former Head of the Department of Russian Language, University of Kerala and presently heading the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language at the RCSC in Trivandrum.
B.Murali, writer and journalist released the book by handing over the first copy to Ms K.A. Beena who is also a famous writer in Malayalam. In his address, Mr Murali said that poems of Sergey Yesenin had reflected the commitment he had for the society. “Keralites always had exposure to the Russian literature. It greatly influenced the culture and social awareness of the people in Kerala. For the last 45 years, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in the Trivandrum has been functioning as a cultural hub, which brings the peoples of our two countries closer”, - said Mr Murali.
In her speech, Ms K.A Beena said that such books will help the new generation in India to know more about the Russian writers. Beena had written a travelogue highlighting Russia at the age of 15 after her visit to Artek camp as a child.
Dr Govindan Nair also spoke on the occasion. Many books including translations of Master and Margarita are credited to Dr Govindan Nair. He was honoured with the Pushkin medal for his contribution in promoting the Russian language.
Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum presided over the function. He said that Dr Govindan Nair had been selected for the Sergey Yesenin award, which will be presented to him during the Festival of Russian Language and Literature in the last week of the month. The award is instituted jointly by the RCSC and Moscow State Yesenin Museum.
Ms Kavitha Nair, Assistant Director of the centre welcomed the gathering.
Ms Swethlana Shetrakova, Director of the Moscow State Yesenin Museum also spoke on the occasion. People from different parts of India and Russia participated through zoom.