A debate here on which of the following mediums – cinema, television or print – had greater responsibility to protect and develop Tamil ended with the verdict that the print medium comprising newspapers, novels, magazines and new media was the best to carry out this task.
The debate was organised on Saturday as part of the World Classical Tamil Conference at the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex in the city.
Moderated by Solomon Pappaiah, the debate had Director Bharathiraja and actor Vaagai Chandrasekar arguing the case of cinema, stating that it had brought alive on screen many epic works in Tamil literature.
S.Ve. Sekar and Dindigul Leoni argued that by reaching the living rooms of every house, television brought Tamil closer to the people through various programmes whose content was both information and entertainment.
Editor of Nakkeeran R.R. Gopal and writer Tirupur Krishnan explained how the print medium had championed the cause of Tamil from the time when cinema had lesser reach and television did not exist.
To strengthen their cases, the three groups pointed out how Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was involved in promoting Tamil through all the three mediums.
One team referred to the scripts he and late Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai wrote for cinema.
Another pointed out that his works figured prominently on television.
But, the print medium team drew the attention of the moderator and the audience to Mr. Karunanidhi's long and continuing stint as a journalist and writer.
Finally, Mr. Pappaiah asserted that the time-tested reach of the print media put it in a position of greater responsibility to develop Tamil.
Initiating the debate, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam said the Conference brought together Tamils from various parts of the world. A number of events held as part of the meet pointed at the success of the efforts to develop the language, he said.
Mr. Karunanidhi watched at the main venue most part of the debate, relishing the jokes each team cracked at the other's expense.
At one point, Mr. Leoni asked the moderator to remember that only television had made him popular.