On the 26th of August, Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kuala Lumpur hosted a celebration dedicated to the 200th anniversary since the birth of one of the most prominent Russian writers Ivan Turgenev. Russian evening was organized by the Russian Library Association (RLA), All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature and The Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Malaysia.
The President of RLA Mikhail Afanasiev and Svetlana Gorokhova, the Head of the Center of International Cooperation of the M. I. Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature became the key persons of the event. In the beginning of the program, Minister-counsellor, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Russia in Malaysia Anton Revutskii gave a welcoming speech, followed by a video announcement by Ms. Donna Scheeder, IFLA Ex-President, who had fallen in love with Russian hospitality after her visit to Russian libraries in Moscow and Saint- Petersburg. The audience has also watched a video address from the current IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón.
The event was attended by IFLA Congress delegates, the high representatives of The National Library of Malaysia, famous Russian historian, orientalist and translator from Malay and Indonesian languages Professor Victor Pogadaev and others.
Official opening of the program continued with traditional Malay song, prepared by the members of The Federation of National Writers’ Association of Malaysia (GAPENA), who have also presented a poem “On The Road” by Ivan Turgenev translated into Malay language and accompanied by traditional Malay musical instrument gambus. Afterwards, the audience started to read perhaps the most popular novella by Ivan Turgenev “First Love” in Russian, Malay, English, French, Spanish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Serbian and other languages. Everyone had a unique opportunity not only to hear a love masterpiece by a great Russian writer, but also enjoy its beautiful interpretation in different languages. At the end of the program professor Victor Pogadaev read a poem “How fair, how fresh were the roses” by Turgenev with his own version in Malay language.
At the end of the program, the guests were invited to taste the dishes of Russian cuisine. Lyrical atmosphere of the evening and the ambience of 19th century gave the guests a truly memorable experience.