Interest in the Russian language and culture grows in India

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Russian Language Days in the capital of India assembled more than 400 Indian schoolchildren from 16 schools and students from 14 universities studying Russian language in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Meerut, Sonipat, Agra, Aligarh, Gwalior, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Shantiniketan and in other cities of the country.

This year the event is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight as a first man in space.

For the first time the festival was held in online-format which significantly expanded the audience of participants and made it all-Indian. Representatives of the leading Indian universities, including The University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, Meerut University, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, AMITY University Group, Visva-Bharati Group, Indira Gandhi National Open University and others, took part in the contests of Russian language, history and literature organized by the Russian Center for Science and Culture in New Delhi.

Russian Language Days participants competed in nine contests and in three age categories: a poster contest «My Dream is a space travel», an essay on the topics «April 12 - Cosmonautics Day» and «The first Man in Space», a poetry contest «Russian Poetry» about space and cosmonauts, a competition of translators, Russian songs, dances and costumes, a Russian language Olympiad and a quiz «Russia is the first country in space».

As the RCSC director in New Delhi - Fyodor Rozovsky noted, the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India already receives gratitude for continuing tradition of the February Days of Russian Language, Literature and Culture even in the context of a pandemic.

The representative of the largest private network of higher and secondary educational institutions in India AMITI, the director of the AMITI Education Resource Center - Jyoti Arora, in turn, stressed that such events help students studying the Russian language, history and culture of Russia. «Thank you to the organizers for motivating students to learn Russian and expand cooperation with Russia», she pointed out.

The jury members of the Russian Language Days named the winners in each competition and the works of the winners from the poster, dance, song, costume, and poetry contests were shown during the closing ceremony. Each contestant will receive an electronic participation certificate. 82 winners will receive a gift from the RCSC (but after the restrictions lifting related to the pandemic) – the Russian language textbooks, books about Russia and the Russian fiction books adopted for foreigners studying the Russian language.

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