In recent times the obvious images that come to mind when we think about the name 'Russia' are S-400, Putin, War against terrorism, Nuclear superpower, etc… However, this is not the case when we enter the world of art and literature and start reading a notable piece of literary work and find it to be authored by some great Russian writer, artist or linguist.
Russian writings have always served as one of the foundations of world literature, the literary world in incomplete without the Russian writings that consists some of the classic pieces of literature ever written by mankind. Literary translation into English of Russian writings opened the door of the intricate Russian stories to the outer world.
In the academic field, one cannot imagine a degree course in literature offered by some very reputed Indian educational institutions without mentioning the contribution of the Russian Formalists, the writings of Trotsky, Plekhanov, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoevsky to name a few. Same would be in other parts of the world as well.
Maxim Gorky’s Mother or Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin or Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina or Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, one just cannot travel into the depths of the artistic and literary universe without understanding the Russian aspect. Unfortunately, in the present time the mainstream news does not speak about the literary and artistic sides anymore, one has to do some research by himself in order to get enlightened about everything Russian other than military and politics.
In other words, it was Mr.Lebedev, who first made it possible for the ordinary Indians to enjoy drama in a proscenium theater. As such, the contribution of this Russian gentleman is of paramount importance in the field of Indian proscenium theater. Russian balled is also great to watch, but only a few people have access to it.
Russia is much more than just chilling winters and military industrial complex and one can find the literary and artistic contribution of Russia in the pages and canvases of some of the best art ever created.