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Use literature to bring about positive change in society: writer

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‘Litterateurs must follow the ideals they propagate in their works’

The Vibha literary award being presented to writer Lakkur Anand during the May Sahitya Mela in Dharwad on Sunday.
The Vibha literary award being presented to writer Lakkur Anand during the May Sahitya Mela in Dharwad on Sunday.

Telugu writer Nagnamuni has said that literature should be used as a tool to bring about positive change in society.

He was speaking after inaugurating the May Sahitya Mela, the conference of the progressive writers, on the Karnatak Vidyavardhak Sangha premises here on Sunday.

He spoke at length on the literary movements in the country and said that different sections of society had questioned the injustice meted out to them through literature. Dwelling on Digambara Kavitvam and other literary movements, he said as literature had the power of touching the hearts of individuals, these literary movements were influenced by the happenings in society and also brought about the transformation in society.

They changed the very notion of literature and have brought in certain radical changes in the very structure of society and the process of thinking.

Stressing on the need for writers to fulfil their duties towards society, Mr. Nagnamuni said no one would care for the poets and writers if they fail to do so. Writers should follow the ideals that they propagate in their works, he added.

Writer Shivaramaiah said it was very important for the poets and writers to keep in mind why and for whom they are writing.

Kannada poetry

Writer Nataraj Boodalu spoke during a session on Kannada poetry. He said it was time to think why poetry is not popular among readers.

Referring to the Kannada ghazals, Mr. Boodalu said this form of poetry was considered the speciality of the north Karnataka region. While very few poets have tried to experiment with this form in the southern part of the State, north Karnataka had the great tradition of Kannada gazals starting from Shantarasa and this tradition was continuing till date. Many young poets have enriched this form of poetry in recent times, he said.

Senior writer Rajendra Chenni said that poetry can be considered the earliest form of literature as even in the ancient times people expressed their feelings through poetry. All other literary genres like prose, epics and others were the later evolutions.

Referring to the reasons for poetry moving away from people, he said poetry in its origin was the common people’s literary language. When the poetry was subjected to certain preconditions and frameworks they lost touch with the common people and moved away from them. Poetry should be released from these clutches and made friendly to common people, he said.

The collection of Kannda poems Batteyembudu Benkiya Haage, Deepada Gida and Teva Kaayuva Beeja Mooru authored by poet Basu were released on the occasion.

The literary sessions were held on poetry of post-Dalit revolutionary period and the path of poetry in the present day.

Writers Siraj Ahmad, K. Phaniraj, B. Peerbasha, H. L. Pushpa and others took part in the sessions. As many as 10 upcoming poets read out their poems in a session titled ‘Nanna Mattu Nannishtada Kavite’ .

The Vibha literary award was conferred on senior writer Lakkur Anand.

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