Jaina Kashi turns into literary, cultural world

Yakshagana pundu vesha performing at the inauguration of Alva’s Nudisiri. DH photo

Intellectual discourses, ‘Kavi samaya—Kavi namana,’ and ‘Katha samaya,’ in between the discourses and the cultural programmes in the evening gave a new look to the Moodbidri Alva’s campus.

The definition of ‘sahitya’ has got a wider meaning with Nudisiri. While there is intellectual discourse, efforts have been made to provide equal importance to entertainment and other aspects too.

Exhibition of books

According to the organisers, a total of 100 parties have already registered and occupied the stalls, and many more are on their way to the venue. From Ankita Pustaka to Navakarnataka Publications, from Sahitya Prakashana to Prajna Publications, various prominent booksellers have opened their outlets along with most of the universities in the State, which have set up their stalls.

They are offering their publications at discount rate. The interesting point is that the kind of stalls that have come up in the exhibition are completely in tune with the literary conference.

Apart from books, the stalls also included terracotta articles by Sri Pushpagiri Terracotta arts with lamps, diya with ganapathy, magic lamps, khadi clothing displayed and sold by the stalls of Desi Samskruti, varieties of pickles, candimints, ‘happala,’ squashes of various fruits prepared by the women of Nanjangud, Channapattana toys, jute bags, and the like are on display for the literature lovers.

Philately expo

Another unique exhibition was that of the Moodbidri Philatelic Club and the collection of stamps on roses and greeting cards by the Jain High School Teacher Rayee Rajkumar.

The stamps on roses issued by various countries of the world, Rose First Day cover, cancellation on Nehru stamps, stamps on nature and environment study, stamps on personalities, first day cover on Indo-Pak memory of Tashkent Talk between January 4 to 10, 1966, postal cards issued in the interest of health and family welfare department attracted the attention of the students.

Painting expo

The unique paintings on nature by G R Upadhyaya was another attraction at the Nudisiri exhibition. In most of the paintings, one can identify something hidden, like names of Ganapathy in one paintings, or Nataraja in paintings on nature.

The paintings on birds, nature, yakshagana, folklore of Coastal Karnataka, ‘Mahanadavali-2005’ added colours to the exhibition.

Highlights

- The literary session of the day comprised a session on ‘religion and values of life,’ wherein Dr Basavaraja Kalgudi and Dr Basavaraja Malashetty presented papers. Dr S G Siddaramaiah spoke on ‘Ki Ram Nagaraj nenapu,’ and Pranesh spoke on ‘humour in the works of Beechi.’


- In Kavisamaya-kavinamana,’ Dr L C Sumithra, Horeyala Doreswamy, Sathish Kulkarni read out their poems and explained their inspirations. In Kathasamaya, Dr Mogalli Ganesh took part.

- Cultural programmes were held in four stages named after Rathnakaravarni vedike, Haridas Bhatta Vedike, Karkala Panduranga Prabhu Vedike and K V Subbanna Bayalu Rangamandira. The cultural extravaganza included ‘Bhakti sangeetha sudha,’ Badaguthittu Yakshagana, dance ballet, Yakshagana talamaddale, ‘Kannada Kavya sangeetha’ and cultural programmes by the students of Alva’s Education Foundation.

-  As many as 1,900 delegates and 3,200 students have registered themselves for the conference, while many more attended the event in general.
 

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