225th Birth Anniversary of Pushkin Observed in the Capital

The 225th birth anniversary of the renowned Russian poet, playwright, and novelist Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was observed with a Pushkin Poetic Evening in the capital on Thursday.

Pushkin is regarded as the greatest Russian poet and the father of modern Russian literature. He was born on June 6, 1799, in Moscow. This date is also celebrated as Russian Language Day.

The event, jointly organized by the Nepal Russia Literature Society and the Russian House in Kathmandu, was inaugurated by Nisha Sharma, Chancellor of the Nepal Music and Theatre Academy, who garlanded Pushkin’s image at the Russian Cultural Centre in Kamalpokhari.

During the event, Jangab Chauhan, Ashok Thapa, Momila, Nisha Sharma, Bishnu Bahadur Singh, Sushma Khatry Ranjit, and Sanjay Shrestha recited some of Pushkin’s famous poems. These poems were translated into Nepali from Russian by Jangab Chauhan, chairman of the Nepal Russia Literature Society.

Anushavanyan, Co-director of the Russian House, welcomed the guests and remarked that there is a bit of Pushkin in everyone.

Ram Bindu Shrestha, Sushil Sigdel, Chandra Kant Acharya, and others also shared their thoughts on Pushkin’s legacy.

Pushkin, who authored many globally acclaimed works such as “Eugene Onegin,” “The Captain’s Daughter,” “Boris Godunov,” and “Ruslan and Ludmila,” died of peritonitis following a duel with his relative on February 10, 1837, at the age of 37.