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Soft Talk 6: India Russia Connections, Chai, Cinema and Culture
Center for Soft Power will be hosting a discussion on India Russia relations with Dr Usha RK, director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center (JNCC) of the Embassy of India in Moscow and Sanskrit scholar Zahorulko Andriy.
Dr Usha RK, a Bharatanatyam dancer, has been working towards realising her dream of promoting the classical art forms for over four decades. For two years, she served as the member secretary of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage for the Ministry of Culture, India. She was responsible for getting Kumbh Mela, the city of Varanasi and Jaipur UNESCO’s recognition.
During her three-year tenure in Russia, she hopes to continue the work the institution has been doing since its inception in 1989. The Center has resident teachers in various fields such as kathak, tabla, yoga and even languages such as Sanskrit.
Zahorulko Andriy is a Ph.D student of Central Sanskrit University Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. The title of his work is "Comparative study and general analysis of the case systems of the Sanskrit and the Russian languages» (संस्कृतस्य रूस्-भाषायाश्च विभक्तीनां तौलनिकमध्ययनं सामान्यविश्लेषणञ्च). His dissertation will be fully in Sanskrit. In his study he gives a brief history of Sanskrit and Russian grammatical thoughts, tells the stories of famous grammars and their creators). He was raised by parents who were interested in Indian philosophy long before he was born. Linguists, they hold PhDs and have translated many texts about Hindu philosophy and Hindu deities into different languages.