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Symposium

A one-day national level symposium — ‘Contributions of Indian writers for the growth of Indian writing in English’ was held at Silicon City College recently.

Dr HM Chandrashekar, chairman of Silicon City Group of Institutions, in his inaugural speech, spoke about the influence of English language not only in arts, but also in commerce and other technical fields.

He also spoke about the origin of English, which has its roots in Latin and Greek. He specified that English language has grown by adopting, adapting and assimilating various words from all Indian languages. He categorically stressed that most Indian writers have been influenced by English and stressed that there is no age limit to learn the languages. The key speakers on the occasion were Dr Venkateswaran, a professor from Regional Institute of English; Dr Abahaya, a professor from Christ University and Dr JG Ravikumar, a professor of Gitam University.

Some of the others present were Dr R Karunamurthy, Director-Academics of Silicon City College and Gnanesh, Principal.  The symposium focused on the thoughts of different colonial groups, settler colonies like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and occupation colonies like India and Sri Lanka.

The symposium asserted on the perspectives of pre-colonial cultural, political and colonial assertion on the minds of Indian writers. The symposium also threw light on diaspora literature and its writers from different corners of the world specially focussing on Indian writers.

The symposium gave importance to language and also the usage of English language in the corporate society and its relevance in this field.

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