A gathering comprising Hindi poets, writers, novelists, critics, journalists and Russian language students attended the literary evening.RCSC
Speakers paid tribute to prominent Russian author Alexander Kuprin on his 145th birth anniversary, at a literary evening jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and Parichay Sahitya Parishad (PSP).
The event coincided with Hindi Week. A gathering comprising Hindi poets, writers, novelists, critics, journalists and Russian language students attended the literary evening.
Among those present were Urmil Satyabhushan, President, PSP, Sharda Verma, Director, Indian Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Pradeep Jain, lyricist, Tarachand Sharma, Deputy Manager, INTEX, Naresh Chandilya, poet, writer and Editor, Seemab Sultanpuri, Urdu poet, Chandrakanta, Hindi poet and Jagtarjeet Singh, poet and critic.
A Russian film “Get Thee Out”, directed by Dmitry Astrakhan, based on Kuprin’s works, Sholem Aleichem and Issac Babel, was screened on the occasion.A multi-media presentation by Russian Language Teacher Irina Utkina, on Kuprin’s life and works, was a highlight of the evening.
Alexander Kuprin (September 7, 1879 - August 25, 1938) was a noted Russian writer, pilot, explorer, adventurer, best known for his story “The Duel”. His other works include “Moloch”, “Olesya”, “Junior Caption Rybnikov”, “Emerald” and “The Garnet Bracelet”. He won the Pushkin Prize and led a literary movement called Naturalism. A minor planet “3618 Kuprin”, discovered by Soviet cosmonaut in 1970, was named after him.
Paying tribute to Kuprin, Satyabhushan said he was an inspiration for Indian story writers. She also stressed the importance of Hindi Week, and recited some of her poems. Dr. Verma shared impressions of her recent visit to Russia and recited some poems.
Arseny Starkov, Chief Consultant, RCSC, reiterated the emphasis on literature in the backdrop of the Year of Literature in Russia-2015. He mentioned the recent painting Exhibition “Indian Artists Paint Russia” organised at the RCSC, providing primacy to treasures of Russian and Indian literature.
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