MILAP, Manipal Universitys Lit Fest off to a great start

By Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network


Manipal, 21 September 2017: The first edition of Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (MILAP) was off to great start with Prof. Chandrashekara Kambara inaugurating the three-day event at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanity (MCPH) here. Manipal University’s effort to bring a wealth of experience, rich culture and tradition on a platform was well-received by a large number of people who attended the inaugural function and the other events being held simultaneously.



In his inaugural address, Jnanpith awardee, Chandrashekhara Kambara spoke of how English has separated the cities from villages and how individuals are addressed rather than the community. He spoke of how the British education deepened the gap. The Indian languages targeted the community and the society whereas English focused largely on the individuals,” he said and cited Maculay’s education minute on education to make his point. He ended with the recitation of his poem on Mao-tse tung in the context of the present day.


Dr H Vinod Bhat, the Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Manipal, expressed happiness about Manipal University starting a Lit Fest and announced a year-long celebration related to literary activities in tune with the silver jubilee anniversary of Manipal University in 2018. Speaking on Gauri Lankesh, the Guest of Honour Vaidehi expressed immense grief about the way she was silenced. She said that by killing someone one cannot silence their voices or win over them. She advised the youth to get the difference between rich life and making the life rich.


On the occasion, Manipal University Press released five translation works; ‘Mahamayi’ written by Chandrashekhara Kambara in Kannada and translated to Tulu by Katyayani Kunjibettu, ‘Just a few pages: Some memories of Saraswati Rajwade’  written by Vaidehi and Rajwade in Kannada and  translated to English by Janaki Srinivasa Murthy, ‘Swapna Saraswatha’ written in Kannada by Gopalakrishna Pai and translated to English by Sumathi Shenoy, M.R Rakshith and Savita Sastri, ‘Bamonn’ a Kannada work by Norbert D’Souza translated to English by  S M Pejathaya, and ‘ Comasya Dhakka’ written by Shivarama Karantha written in Kannada and translated to Sanskrit by Kokkada Anantha Padmanabha Shasthry.


New Directions in Kannada literature: As a part of its literary events a panel discussion on new directions in Kannada Literature was held. The panel included eminent scholars like O L Nagabhushana, Vivek Rai, Mallepuram G Venkatesh and U Maheshwari and the session was moderated by Muraleedhara Upadhyaya.


In the 'Translation Workshop' conducted by Anjum Katyal, she spoke on "Indigenize or Universalize: Translating the hyper local texts of Mahasweta Devi". Anjum Katyal, a renowned artist in the field of translations, gave her insight using 'Rudali' a fictional piece by the litterateur Mahasweta Biswas known for her political choice of attaching an interesting dialectal note to her work. She translated ‘Rudali’ from Bengali to English. Anjum is an eminent editor, writer and translator and is currently the Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival and Consultant for the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies.


Earlier in the morning, the art exhibition, Mukhaputa, was inaugurated at the KK Hebbar Art Gallery and Art Center by Vaidehi. Mukhaputa comprises literature-art submissions from artists along with an KK Hebbar’s art works. Dr. Chandrasekhar Kambar inaugurated the first ever book fair and book donation drive at the Manipal Lake Pavilion near the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH).


From modern bestselling novels to academic publications, the book fair consists of 16 stalls with diverse collection of literature along with several other artefacts for sale. The book fair also consists of a book donation and exchange drive conducted by the students of School of Communication (SOC), Manipal University.


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