3-month long Russian festival commences in Kerala

Russian language Olympiads and contests will be held in Thiruvanathapuram for students and scholars to take part in and to test their knowledge. Source: Alexander Tomas

Russian language Olympiads and contests will be held in Thiruvanathapuram for students and scholars to take part in and to test their knowledge. Source: Alexander Tomas

The festival, which is being held in Thiruvanathapuram, comprises of Russian language Olympiads, contests and special lectures on Russian literature, in addition to other cultural activities.

A three-month long Russian language, literature and science festival commenced in Kerala’s beautiful capital city of Thiruvanathapuram, Tatyana Perova, head of the Russian language institute of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in New Delhi, said.

The festival opened with a traditional award ceremony for Russian language teachers with work experience of more than 30 years. One of the most well-known awardees was Neelakshi Suryanarayan, a professor from the Delhi University, who has been teaching the Russian language and literature since 1982. She is also the author of many textbooks on these subjects.

Source: Alexander Tomas

“The number of people learning Russian in India is constantly growing, and so is the number of educational institutions, where Russian is taught,” Perova said. “Today there are more than fifty institutions, schools, colleges and universities all around India, where one can learn Russian. Often schools without Russian programs ask us to carry out various cultural-social activities devoted to Russia.”

Russian language Olympiads and contests will be held in Thiruvanathapuram for students and scholars to take part in and to test their knowledge. In November, students will be able to attend lectures devoted to Russian literature. The festival will end in December when an international literature prize named after the famous poet Sergei Yesenin will be awarded to a southern Indian poet-translator of Russian literature.

Several books of Lev Tolstoy, Anton Chekov, Fyodor Dostoevsky and other Russian author have been translated into Malayalam and other south Indian languages. Alexander Pushkin's and Maxim Gorky's poems have also been translated into Tamil.

“The desire to learn a foreign language often evolves when you are interested in the culture of another country,” Perova said. “During such events, as the Russian language, literature and science Festival many students start learning about Russia, they fall in love with our country and begin learning the Russian language.”

Discussions and seminars have traditionally been an essential part of the festival. They are usually dedicated to spreading the Russian language and Russian textbooks in India and to popularising the language by means of studying Russian literature.

Source: Alexander Tomas

In southern India, the Russian language can be studied in Russian Centers of Science and Culture in Thiruvanathapuram and Chennai.  It is also possible to do so in several educational institutions in Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode in Kerala, Chennai and Madurai in the Tamil Nadu and Mysore in Karnataka.

The festival is being organized by the Alexander Pushkin Russian Language Centre in Thiruvanathapuram and the Russkiy Mir foundation with the assistance of the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India.

First published in Russian by Itar-Tass.

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