In memory of the outstanding Russian Indologist-Dravidologist Alexander Dubiansky

On December 17, a webinar “Alexander Dubiansky - Russian Scientist and the admirer of Tamil World”, was organized by the RCSC, Chennai in cooperation with the Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, where colleagues, scientists and friends of Alexander Dubiansky gathered to remember and talk about the outstanding Russian Indologist-Dravidologist, a specialist in the history of Tamil literature, Honoured Lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Associate Professor of Indian Philology at the Institute of Asian and African Countries. Alexander Dubiansky died on November 18, 2020 at the age of 80 due to the effects of Covid.

 “The untimely death of Alexander Dubiansky is a great loss for the academic world, since Dubiansky was one of the brightest scholars who illuminated the beauty of the Tamil language outside India. But he left behind a significant scientific legacy, as well as his students, who will continue his work”- Mr. Oleg Avdeev, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai, noted in his speech.

Tatyana Dubianskaya shared very touching memories of her father from his first trip to south India.

Officials, famous scientists, colleagues who expressed their respect for Alexander Dubiansky's contribution to the study of Tamil culture and literature were Dr. D. Ravikumar, Member of Indian Parliament, writer, editor of the research journal 'Manarkeni', Dr. Veeramani, Chancellor of Periyaar Maniammai University, Dr. G. John Samuel, Founder Director and Secretary of Institute of Asian Studies, Prof. Boris Zakharin, Head of the Department of Indian Philology, Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University and Dr. Kadrivel Sornum, Programme Director (Rtd) Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, Mauritius.

Dubiansky's works were known to scholars and researchers of Tamil culture all over the world. He was always ready with advice and guidance for anyone who approached him for help. Dr. Leah Comeau, Associate Professor of religious studies at the University of Sciences, Philadelphia, USA, spoke about the experience of such communication with Alexander Dubiansky.

 Mr. Narayana Moorthy, Writer and Documentary producer from Canada and Dr.  Nalini Ravindran, Translator spoke about their long-term friendship with Dubiansky and his human qualities.

At the end of the webinar, Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, Vice president of the Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Founder CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace proposed to appeal to the local government with a request to honour Alexander Dubiansky with an Indian award, publish a collection of all his scientific works and erect a monument on the territory of ISAA Moscow State University named after Lomonosov.