The idea of the Festival to be held at RSUH was actively supported by Rector Pivovar, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Much toward the organization of the event was done by Dr. Pavlenko, Head of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Region Studies at the Institute of Archives and History, Dr. Stolyarov, Director of International South Asian Studies Center, Dr. Gazieva, Professor of Hindi at the Institute of Linguistics, and others.
The participants of the Festival were representatives of Indian companies in Russia invited by the steering committee, and over 50 faculty and students of Hindi from various Russian universities as well as from educational institutions of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Such a diverse body allowed for a comprehensive approach to issues related to language, literature, Indian philosophy, and Hindi teaching methodology.
The conference’s work was divided into six sections: “The Hindi language: linguistic research”, “Literature in Hindi”, “Hindi: translation issues”, “Hindi and technological progress”, “Hindi and the present-day world”, “Hindi and cinematic/video production”. Several presentations were given by RSUH students: Ms Fomchenko, a senior Linguistics major, presented a paper on Hindi educational programs, Ms Sharkanova spoke on the program for tourist guides working on the Gold Ring tours for Hindi-speaking tourists. At RSUH Hindi is taught in three programs: at the Institute of Oriental and Classical Studies, the Institute of Linguistics and at the Institute for History and Archives with over 200 graduated students, many of which have made Indian studies their career.
Lately a strong demand has been felt for specialists in the South Asian region. The academic program for Days of India at RSUH also included a set of lectures by the renowned indologists of RSUH: Dr. Serebryany, Director of the Institute of Higher Research in Humanities, and Professor Ryzhakova. These lectures dealt with the topics of the role of religion for the Indian people, the history of temple dances, and the anthropological research in indology.
The conference participants were offered several master classes of Ayurvedic medicine and yoga therapy. The Festival also hosted an Indian Fair and stands with magazines and books on Indian culture, art, sculpture provided by the Library of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre at the Embassy of India
Those planning to visit India as tourists were consulted on the premises by the representatives of the two main Russian tourist portals, Indigo-Tour and India-Tour.
The significance of the conference was not only academic but also trans-national. The steering committee of the Conference put forward an idea of the World Hindi Conference to be held in Moscow in 2015, with specialists and researchers invited from all over the world. The suggestion was upheld unanimously by all the participants. Also a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed by RSUH and International Hindi Institute in Wardha. Preparatory work leading to Memoranda of Cooperation with University of Delhi and Agra University of Hindi Studies is under way.