Russian indologist Irina Glushkova was nominated as the ambassador of Maharashtra tourism and culture by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Russia Sunday. The chief minister, who held an interaction with the noted scholar after reaching Ekaterinburg (Russia), said, “Dr Irina Glushkova’s dedication to pursue the research works on Maratha kings and language and culture of Maharashtra is well known. Today, personally interacting with her was great inspiration.”
“The state government feels proud to nominate her as ambassador of Maharashtra’s tourism and culture in Russia,” he added.
Irina is working as an indologist and Marathi language expert at the Centre for Indian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russia Academy of Sciences. Irina’s pursuit of Maharashtra’s language, history, culture and tradition brought her to Pune during 1970s, where she learnt the Marathi language as part of her effort to get into the finer details and legacy of the Maratha rulers. She is also well versed with the studies on “Dynaneshwari and Varkari culture”.
The Russian indologist has edited books titled, “Death in Maharashtra: Imagination, Perception, Expression” and “Home, Family and Kinship in Maharashtra”.
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Fadnavis is on a three-day tour to Russia to attend INNOPROM, a mega event on innovation and industry, at Ekaterinburg. He will also visit Saint Petersburg to showcase ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’ during an interaction with 150 leading industries. The event is part of the Make in India and Make in Maharashtra programmes of the state government and the Centre.
Government officials said the state would sign important MoUs, including an ambitious project concerning Mithi river in Mumbai. Fadnavis is part of the Team India at INNOPROM. The other team members include Union Minister for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia.