Mangalore, September 20: A day-long symposium on ‘New harvest in Kannada Literature’ was organized by the Sahitya Akademi at Besant Women’s College, in Mangalore on Saturday.
B.A Vivek Rai, Kannada Scholar said there is an instant reaction to every occurrence with the onset of technology-based communicative tools. To those who wish to express their opinions the blogs provide alternative platform. Self-censorship ought to be adopted by writer.
Convener of Kannada Advisory Board ,Sahitya Academy; Narahalli Balasubramanya, requested the participants to respect the each other’s opinion. “The differences of opinion between two people must not be a reason for people to quarrel”.
Rai said there are 6,000 blogs in Kannada. After the popularity of blogging, the writing was more of free styled and readers could easily understand it. He gave the example of book ‘Mayaloka’, written by Thejaswi.
English to lose global popularity
Narahalli Balasubramanya, convener, Kannada Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi said among ten most developed countries in the world, only America uses English, while other countries use their mother tongue to communicate. In three decades, there are all possibilities for English to lose its position in the world. In India, English is considered important and Kannada is taking backstage. This is not so in other countries.
Sahitya Academy to recognize writers
Narahalli said that, the award felicitated by Konkani Sahitya Academy is valued more than Jnana Peeta award. To popularize writings and writers, the Akademi plans to institute awards under three categories, including for youngsters.
Proper market has not been gained even though the academy publishes books without compromising on quality. The academy wishes to popularize works of other Indian languages among its citizens. “we know Western authors, but not those of Kerala or Tamil Nadu’ he said.
In this programme, G.N. Mohan, Vasudhendra, Na. Damodhar Shetty, Lakshman Kodase, Ganesh Karnik were present.