'English media encourages feeling of consumerism'

English journalism and social networking sites have taken people away from the world of Kannada literature, opined journalist Jogi. 

Speaking after inaugurating eighth students literary conference organised by Mangalore University PG Alumni Association in association with Kannada Sangha of University College, Mangalore, here on Saturday, he said Kannada magazines, newspapers have space for literary thoughts. The English media encourages feeling of consumerism. 

“Most of the prominent writers and litterateurs are from rural areas. People in rural areas show inclination towards literature and literary activities. There is ‘culturalism’ group in rural areas,” he said. 

Calling upon the students to look for satisfaction in their literary works, Jogi said “One should be satisfied even if five to six people read his work rather than aiming of becoming a literary figure overnight.” He said the students should make thorough study on literature. The students must never complain of not finding topics to write on. “Having not able to find a topic is not a quality of a writer. There are hundreds of topics around us. Numerous incidents take place around us which we can convert into stories. Real incidents have the potential to become a famous stories.” Instead of explaining nature in poem, it would be better if he/she writes down her feelings on a subject. “Literature may not be a life today. But if you have kowledge on literature, then you can lead a good life,” he added. 

A person gets honour through his writings. If a writer is not good in his writings, then the whole generation can be spoiled. Mangalore University Registrar Prof K Chinnappa Gowda said that memories and experiences play a vital role in the writings of a writer. A writer should be able to relate incidents and happenings around him in his writings. Students should pose questions on the subjects.  

University College Kannada Sangha President Prof Rathnavathi was present. A blog for students http://yuvaabhivyakti.wordpress.com was launched on the occasion. 

Prize winning essays written by students were presented by their respective writers in a session on essay. Writer and columnist Usha Kattemane. The topic for the essay was ‘Social relevance in the writngs of Dr Chandrashekar Kambar’ and ‘The vanishing humane values amidst social networks.”

The story session was presided over by Devu Hanehalli, Programme Director, Akashavani, Karwar, while the poetry session was presided over by poet Dr Anand Rigwedi.

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