The two-day literary meet begins tomorrow

Senior writer and academic Sarojini Shintri has been chosen to preside over the eighth district Kannada Sahitya Sammelan at Karnatak Vidyavardhak Sangha here on May 25 and 26.

Ms. Shintri (82) is a professor of English. She served at the Karnatak College, Dharwad, and the Department of English of Karnatak University, Dharwad, for nearly 40 years.

Ms. Shintri has also served as the Senate and Syndicate member of KUD. Ms. Shintri has co-authored the book Women Freedom Fighters of Karnataka along with K. Raghavendra Rao.

This book was published by the Prasaranga of the Karnatak University Dharwad.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) district president Lingaraj Angadi said writer Rajendra Chenni would inaugurate the event.

KSP honorary secretary Sangamesh Badawadagi would deliver the keynote address.

Film director Nagathihalli Chandrashekar would be the special invitee.

Ms. Shintri would deliver the conference address, he said.

Book release

Also, four books would be released by the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj H.K. Patil, Minister for Information and Infrastructure Development Santosh Lad, Basavaraj Horatti, MLC, and Pralhad Joshi, MP.

Mr. Angadi said the traditional procession of the conference president had been dropped and more time would be provided for technical sessions.

The total estimated cost of the sammelan was Rs. 5 lakh, the parishat district president said.

The first session on ‘Secularism and freedom of expression’ will be held at 2 p.m. Social activist B.S. Soppin will preside over the event and K. Neela and Meenakshi Bali will deliver a talk.

On Dharwad

The second session, ‘I and Dharwad’, will be held at 3 p.m. Writer Mohan Nagammanavar will take part, and Jagadish Koppa, Siddhangouda Patil, Prakash Garud, B. Maruti and M.B. Katti will deliver talks.

The poets’ session will begin at 5 p.m. This will be presided over by Shamsunder Bidarkundi. G.K. Ravindrakumar will deliver the keynote address. Cultural programmes will begin at 7.30 p.m.

On Sunday, a session on ‘Globalisation and Kannada literature’ will be held at 9.30 a.m.

K.S. Sharma will be present, while Rangaraj Vanadurg, Jagadish Mangaloormath and Prahlad Agasankatte will deliver talks.

The second session will begin at 11.30 a.m. and will be presided over by Shantha Imrapur. Jayashree Rao, Vinaya Vakkund and Prafulla Nayak will deliver talks. At 2.30 p.m., a special session on ‘Life and works of Sarojini Shintri’ will be held.

Shobha Hittalmani, Bharathi Hiremath and Basavaraj Donur will speak.