04 Feb 2020-07 Feb 2020|Kolkata

Russian Authors Meet

Amity Institute of English Studies and Research (AIESR) International Relations team, Amity University Kolkata, organized a 4-day long literary and cultural exchange program between India and Russia, from 4th to 7th February, 2020. Russia being the theme country at the Kolkata International Book fair 2020, the event included literary interactive sessions with some eminent Russian authors, with a view to enhance the literary and cultural ties between India and Russia.

The first day 4th February witnessed welcoming the guests Mikhail Gusev, the Deputy Consul General of Russian Federation in Kolkata, Mr. Eugene Reznichenko, the Director of the Institute for Literary Translation, Moscow, and Ms Alisa Arkadyevna Ganieva, the celebrated Russian author of novels, short stories and radio plays. Ganieva spoke at large about literature, creative writing and gender roles in the Eastern sphere. She also talked about her novel being translated in Bengali and released at this year’s book fair. This was followed by an enthusiastic interactive session with the students, which shed further light on the condition of Feminism in literary and social spheres.

The second day 5th February commenced with an initiative to study creative writing, performance and understanding whether the process of creative writing should follow any fixed pedagogic module, or should it allow free flow of imagination. The session saw eminent Russian creative writer Mr. Andrei Gelasimov who filled his session with performance, anecdotes and an enlivening question-answer session.

The third day’s session on 6th February had ‘Poverty and wealth in the modern world’ as the talk of the day. The session witnessed the presence of Mr. Petr Aleshkovsky, who is an author, historian and journalist. The major part of his speech concerned issues related to modern world trade unions, factories, workers, literature and state apparatus. There was a reference to his major work that has been translated in Bengali and due for release in March, 2020.

The fourth day’s session on 7th February commenced with an ensemble of honourable guests Mr. Mikhail Gusev and Ms Galina Yuzefovich, who were accompanied by organizer Ms Alona and DU Professor of Russian, Dr. Girish Munjal. Ms. Galina Yuzefovich, one of the most influential literary critics of Russia today, presented on “Russia reads India: Russian approach to the Literature of today’s India”. She spoke about translations, literary criticism, contemporary literature, publishing and reception.