MINSK, 3 November (BelTA) – A monument to People's Poet of Belarus Yakub Kolas was unveiled in the town of Stolbtsy to mark his 140th anniversary, BelTA has learned.
The ceremony was attended by Minsk Oblast Governor Aleksandr Turchin and First Deputy Culture Minister Valery Gromada. "We have a wonderful occasion to meet in Stolbtsy. Today marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of our great countryman - poet, writer, publicist Yakub Kolas," Aleksandr Turchin said.
The governor is sure that Yakub Kolas's creative contribution to the literary heritage of Belarus is very difficult to overestimate. "In school all of us absorbed love for our country with the works of this outstanding poet," the governor said.
Aleksandr Turchin expressed gratitude to residents of Stolbtsy District who contributed to the monument project. "I would like to say thank you to the team of sculptors who participated in this good cause. Today we are opening a national monument to the national poet," the governor emphasized
The great-granddaughter of the national poet Vasilina Mitskevich shared her impressions of the monument to Yakub Kolas with journalists. “Although it is cloudy and rainy today, but for me it is a great day. I am celebrating the birthday of my great-grandfather. It is so nice to see a monument to the poet in his homeland. It is nice to see him young, handsome, and charming, as he used to be. For us, the descendants of Yakub Kolas, it is a great event. It is hard for me to describe what I feel right now,” Yakub Kolas' great-granddaughter said.
The monument was designed by a team of sculptors consisting of Honored Artist of Belarus, People's Artist of Belarus, USSR State Award winner Ivan Misko, Sergei Logvin and Vladimir Pipin. The project was implemented with the help of the Belarusian government, enterprises and organizations of the city and the district, individual entrepreneurs, and indifferent residents of Stolbtsy District.
Photos by Pavel Orlovsky