Reputed for being a place with a cosmopolitan composition and ideal for school education, this hill station’s prestige can be enhanced by promoting literary events, opined poet and retired Tamil Pundit Sholur T.Ganesan here on Tuesday.
President of the 34-year-old Malaicharal Tamil Kavingar Sangam, Mr.Ganesan (79) told The Hindu that interest and talent in writing prose and verse was abound among people here. The natural beauty of the Nilgiris could inspire even the illiterate to give expression to their feelings.
Lack of proper forum
Lamentably the poems and other literary forms produced here were not showcased due to the lack of a proper forum. As and when possible, the Sangam came out with a compilation with the help of contributions made by its members.
If concerted efforts were made and those at the helm of affairs at various levels of the government extended a helping hand, the ‘poetic side’ of the Blue Mountains could be exposed to the world, he said.
With the world becoming increasingly competitive, values were going at a premium. Many were now buying and displaying books only to impress others.
By reading and sharing what had been read, the rot in society could be stemmed to a significant extent, he averred and added that the Malaicharal Sangam had been meeting regularly on the first Sunday of every month at the Government Botanical Garden here to exchange literary thoughts and provide an avenue to poets from different backgrounds to present their creations.
Its 387th meet was held on February 3. Among its 20 members are retired teachers, a security guard, an LIC agent and a vegetable dealer.
End to social evils
Underscoring the power of poetry, he said that if used effectively it could put an end to social evils.
It would lead to, ‘high thinking and simple living’ and push negative and destructive emotions such as ego and jealousy to the back burner.
Regretting that the habit of reading was waning, Mr. Ganesan said that a Readers Forum which had come into being about 25 years ago in the Government Central Library here now had only 15 active members.