Press Esc to close

A blend of glamour and local flavour

Chethan Kumar Bangalore, Dec 10, 2012 dhns: 0:54 IST
Writers Mayachandra, Vasanthi Hariprakash and actor Puneeth Rajkumar at the literature festival. dh photo
Nine-year-old Tanishka was aimlessly moving around the Jayamahal Palace, and parallelly, the curtains were unfolding at the three-day Bangalore Literature Festival, with moderators being reminded of the time and sessions ending unwillingly.

But Tanishka’s disconnect is no measure of the success of the things the three-day litfest attempted to achieve. For, the fest was not a ‘prime-time news anchor’ promising and/or claiming to solve the issues at hand in 45 minutes.

Unlike that anchor but like in literature, the issues were carefully chosen plots during the three days. There were attempts to arrive at solutions through narratives (read discussions) and deciphering of the various options available. None of this was done in an artificial, imposing way though.

One of the issues discussed was how our authors are ‘scripting India.’ Diplomat and author Pavan K Varma, Mark Tully, Nandan Nilekani, young authors Akash Kapur and Akash Banerjee ending the session wanting for time. From what language should India be scripted to the role of translations in understanding India as a nation given the varying cultures, the session chewed on several provoking thoughts.

One of the thoughts engaged the panelists in a discussion on whether or not electronic news as a medium is scripting the country well. Akash Banerjee, who is also a electronic journalist said: “I don’t think we can leave that in the hands of the electronic media.”

Also, while all the Indian-origin panelists on the dais, barring Varma, fought for English as a medium of instruction in primary school, batting for the various advantages it holds, Tully said: “I think it is important that one has a strong foundation (primary school) in their mother tongues so as to even understand and employ English well.”

Quenching the thirst of the audience since Friday, the organisers’ date with some of the big names in the literary fields was more than applauded, if a full-house on all the days was any measure.

The glamour Ramya and Shobhaa De brought, the flavour Gulzar, Kum Veerabhadrappa and Jayanth Kaikini lent, the messages U R Ananthamurthy, Chandrashekara Kambara, Mark Tully and others left behind, the audience were indiscrinating in giving their attention.

If the fest began with Gulzar’s metaphors, it ended equally aptly with Kannada’s simile-Dr Rajkumar. Having allocated considerable space for Kannada literature during the event, the organisers ended the fest with a tribute to Karnataka’s unrivalled hero by televising a shortened version of Maya Chandra’s film on the late actor and chatting with Puneeth Rajkumar.

The fest will reincarnate itself the coming year. Like one of the guests had said during the course of the fest: “Work never ends, it is only abandoned.”

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Indian Air force paratroopers perform maneuvers at Bamhrauli Air station as the Indian Air Force ...

Indian Air force paratroopers perform maneuvers at Bamhrauli Air station as the Indian Air Force ...

Indian Mens Hockey team celebrates their birth in the final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 with a...

Indian Mens Hockey team celebrates their birth in the final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 with a...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the maiden voyage of Ro-Ro Ferry Service between Ghogha and Dahej...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the maiden voyage of Ro-Ro Ferry Service between Ghogha and Dahej...

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson during the...

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson during the...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a ...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a ...

Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during her group stage match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko...

Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during her group stage match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko...

Meng Meng, one of the two giant Chinese panda bears, is seen at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany July 5...

Meng Meng, one of the two giant Chinese panda bears, is seen at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany July 5...

Father Nicolas Maine blesses bikers' helmets during a

Father Nicolas Maine blesses bikers' helmets during a "Blessing of the Bikes" ceremony at Saint...

Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac in action with Everton's Nikola Vlasic during Premier League match at ...

Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac in action with Everton's Nikola Vlasic during Premier League match at ...

A volunteer uses a water hose to fight a wildfire near houses on the outskirts of Obidos...

A volunteer uses a water hose to fight a wildfire near houses on the outskirts of Obidos...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.