Mangalore, Aug 09: “People think that the society is filled with confusion. Basically, society is not filled with confusion, it is within us. When there is confusion within you, you feel the society is filled with confusion,” said Dr Vasanth Kumar Perla, assistant director, AIR.
He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day state-level poetry writing workshop and poets’ meet organized by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, and Kannada department of St Aloysius College at Xavier auditorium, St Aloysius College here on Friday August 8.
Explaining the role of a poet Mr. Perla said, “A poet writes poems to remove confusion from within. The poet writes poems to know himself, to find himself, and to understand himself. Responding to others’ pain and sorrows is also like a poem. For people who are in repression, in trouble, a big poem will respond to their needs.”
“The Ramayana shows the pain of Sita which relates to all women in society and the Mahabharata also depicts the pain of mankind. Giving moral support to the social system is very important. Poets, writers, and politicians try to keep the social system on track,” added Dr Perla.
Mr. Perla concluded by saying that, “A poem or literature cannot be anti-human as it tries to keep the truth first. If a poem or literature comes from your heart, then it is a good one. The one that comes from your intelligence is considered bad.”
Dr. Saraswathi, HOD of Kannada department, St Aloysius College, welcomed the guests, while Dr Vishwanath Badikana, Kannada department, proposed the vote of thanks. Shama, a student from final year BA, compered the ceremony.
Principal of St Aloysius College, Fr Swebert D’Silva, Dr. N Damodar Shetty, Dr. N M Narahari, Fr Walter Andrade, Dr. Meenakshi Ramachandra, and other resource persons were present on the occasion.