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Outstanding Cultural Workers

Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo (1920-1989)

Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo was a composer, the People's Artist of the RSFSR(1959) and the USSR (1975). He has become the author of the first national symphony (1949) and the first national ballet Sampo based on the epos Kalevala (1959), and other musical composition in various musical genres that have gained broad popularity in our country and abroad.

Leo Lankinen (1926-1996)

Leo Fomich Lankinen was a sculptor, the People's Artist of the RSFSR (1968), the Winner of the I.Repin state premium of the RSFSR (1969), and the academician of the Russian Academy of arts. Works of this master were widely exhibited in our country and abroad, they are presented in such leading art assemblies of Russia as Tretyakov State Art Gallery and Russian Museum.

Sulo Juntunen (1915-1980)

Sulo Heikkievich Juntunen was a painter awarded with honorary titles of the People's Artist of the RSFSR (1970) and the USSR (1980). He has been the first-rate Karelian landscape painter. Sulo Juntunen's Cloths canvases were a success were exhibited in the USSR and in many European countries.

Dmitry Gusarov (1924-1995)

Dmitry Yakovlevich Gusarov was the People's Writer of Karelia, the winner of the state premium of Karelia, the honored worker of culture of the RSFSR. He used to write in Russian. The main theme of his creativity was heroism of the people in the Great Patriotic War. He's the author of novels Fighting Call, The Person's Price, chronicle novel Beyond the Boundaries of Mercy and other books. D.Gusarov's novels were repeatedly published in the central publishing houses of Russia, and translated to a number of European languages.

Jaakko Rugojev (1918-1993)

Iakov Vasilievich (Jaakko) Rugojev was a poet and a prose writer, and a national writer of Karelia. He was the winner of the State premium of Karelia and the Honored Cultural Worker of the RSFSR. He used to write in Finnish language. Jaakko Rugojev is the author of the following poems The Legend about Karelians, Lakes, Deer-Raisers, some collected poems, the novel Ruokoranta and other works. In his creativity he investigated historical and national roots of Karelian people, issued sharp moral and ethical challenges faced actually. Jaakko Rugojev's pieces of poetry and prose were repeatedly released in the central publishing houses of Russia, and translated into foreign languages.

Ortjo Stepanov (1920-1998)

Artem Mikhailovich Stepanov (Ortjo Stepanov) was the People's writer of Karelia and the winner of the Arhip Perttunen State Premium of Karelia. He wrote in Finnish. His most famous novels are Relatives, Jaakko Sakku, the Native of His People, Hot Summer, Widows, Prokon Maxima, The Cuckoo Cuckooed for Ice about life and destinies of the Karelian peasantry, published in Russia, Finland, and the USA.

Taisto Summanen (1931-1988)

Taisto Karlovich Summanen was the first-rate lyric poet of Karelia, the winner of the Arhip Perttunen State Premium of Karelia, and the Honored Cultural Worker of the RSFSR. He wrote in Finnish, was the author of more than 20 poetic books. Many of his verses were translated to Russian, published in many Russian magazines and released single volumes by the leading publishing houses of the country as well as in Hungary, Germany, the USA, and Finland. Many of Taisto Summanen's verses are set to music by composers of Finland and recorded.

Antti Timonen (1915-1990)

Antti Nikolayevich Timonen was the prose and play writer, the People's writer of Karelia, The winner of the state premium of Karelia. His most famous novels are Following Native Paths, We Are Karelians, Ghost Village Residents, The Sun Is Only One for All, dilogy Mirja, plays Will You Accept Me, Karelian Land? and Birthday. In 1972 A.Timonen was awarded with the K.Stanislavsky State Premium of RSFSR for his play Will You Accept Me, Karelian Land? based on the novel We Are Karelians revealing tragical collisions of life of the Karelian peasantry during the civil war.

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