Writer expresses apprehension over dictatorial trends

April 06, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:49 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

Poet K Siva Reddy reading out a poem at ‘Janakavanam’ in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.—PHOTO: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Poet K Siva Reddy reading out a poem at ‘Janakavanam’ in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.—PHOTO: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Stating that cultural renaissance is taking place in north Andhra districts, noted poet and Central Sahitya Academy award-winner K. Siva Reddy has said it will make writers to produce works on the exploitation of the region.

The experience of writers would form the basis for such works, he said inaugurating ‘Janakavanam’, organised in the run-up to the CPI(M) 21{+s}{+t}national conference at Visakhapatnam Public Library here on Sunday.

He recalled his days as a student in the city where he had begun writing poetry. He expressed apprehension over the increasing dictatorial trends that would make things difficult for writers.

“Though Telugu-speaking people are now in two States, the policies being pursued by the two governments are the same,” noted journalist Telakapalli Ravi said.

Poetry recitation

Speaking at the inauguration of poetry recitation programme, he said globalisation, communalism, and excessive play of market forces would lead to expression of people’s views in the writings.

Mr. Ravi said freedom of expression was under strain with the bringing of a ‘POTA-like’ Act in Gujarat, the protests against the film PK and the ‘obituary’ of Tamil writer Perumal Murugan.

Though Telugu was accorded classical language status, Rs.100-crore fund earmarked largely remained unspent with no clear focus on how to do it. Both the States should endeavour for the promotion of Telugu language, Mr. Ravi said. The poems presented would be brought out in a book form, he said.

Over 100 poets from the two Telugu states participated.

Conference literary wing chairman Ramatirtha, who presided, said the poetry recitation would address the latent literary yearnings of people. Among the political parties CPI(M) was trying to build literary movements as a part of people’s movements.

Telangana and Andhra literary secretaries Anandachari and Vara Prasad participated.

Writer Chaganti Tulasi released a brochure of literary programmes lined up as a part of the book festival from April 11 to 18 in the evenings at AU Engineering College Grounds.

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