Unabated crime against women, rampant encroachment of lakes, rapid urbanisation at the cost of environment and Gujarat model of development were reflected in the poems that were rendered at a poets’ meet, in the city, on Sunday.
Karnataka Sahitya Academy, in association with Kannada and Culture department and Gubbigoodu Samskrithika Siri, had organised the meet at Rotary West School auditorium, here, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Karnataka Sahitya Academy.
G P Basavaraj, who opened the meet with his poem ‘Gujarat Model’, unveiled the ‘dark truth’ behind the ‘self-proclaimed’ development model. His another poem portrayed both green rich environment that dotted the State once, now facing repeated onslaught, especially with the encroachment upon water bodies.
Horeyela Doreswamy’s ‘Bhagnagonda Kanasu’ on urbanisation, reverberated reaching all in chorus. Latha Mysore had an apt piece for the day to condemn repeated harassment against women. A line giving a call for protecting female foetus touched the audience.
K N Lavanya Prabha’s ‘Nillalarevu Navilli Bahala Kaala’ highlighted the current society riddled with untoward incidents, especially of bomb blasts and people seeking divine intervention for all problems.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, noted poet B R Lakshman Rao said: “Poetry nowadays is losing its significance for various reasons”. He blamed the media for not giving adequate publicity for literary activities.