A reception to mark the first ever participation of Russia as focal theme country of the book fair
The spacious Russia stall at the fair had over 800 titles on display, including children’s literature
- Published 18.02.20, 4:25 AM
- Updated 18.02.20, 4:25 AM
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With Russia being the focal theme country of the International Kolkata Book Fair for the first time in the 44 years of the event, one of the gates of the fair were modelled after the iconic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and a host of Russian authors participated in the Kolkata Literature Festival, that happened on the sidelines of the fair, in association with The Telegraph.
To commemorate the occasion, the consulate general of the Russian Federation and the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the fair organisers, hosted a reception at Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences.
Other than the organisers themselves, it was attended by visiting delegates, eminent Calcuttans as well as diplomats from other countries.
Russian ambassador Nikolay Kudashev, who had inaugurated the Book Fair by sounding a wooden gong 44 times, was the centre of attention at the reception as was Vladimir Grigoriev, deputy director of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.
In a chat with t2, the ambassador, on his third visit to the city, described Calcutta as a “nice city with the highest cultural standard”. “I had first visited Calcutta 20 years ago. It is definitely becoming better,” he said.
The spacious Russia stall at the fair had over 800 titles on display, including children’s literature. Four books, translated from Russian to Bengali, were published at the fair.
“The Book Fair is a very productive platform which we will build upon. Modern Russian authors are being translated into Bengali. We must take help of new technology to make literary works in Hindi and other Indian languages accessible in Russian as well,” he added.
Novelist Eugene Vodolazkin caught the eye by dressing up in a black panjabi. “It is very nice. I bought it today. I will wear it in Russia also,” he smiled.