Literary meet passes resolution against Yettinahole project

The 20th District Kannada Literary Meet resolved to urge the authorities concerned to shelve Yettinahole project.

During the valedictory programme held, here on Sunday evening, it was decided to urge the authorities to scrap the project terming it detrimental to the  environment of the district. The meet expressing apprehensions over the district facing serious drought situations, if the project is implemented, opined it is better to leave the river take its natural course .

A total of six other demands were voiced at the meet which include, release of grants for aided Kannada medium schools which have completed 100 years, as announced in the budget, appointment of guest lecturers for government schools, appointment of teachers for aided Kannada medium schools on the lines of government schools, reservation of about one third of posts in both government and non-government organisations for candidates who have studied in Kannada medium and steps to preserve the heritage sites and agriculture in the region.

Poets’ symposium

At the poets’ symposium in the afternoon, poems were recited. The symposium was organised  to mark centenary celebrations of Kannada Sahitya Parishat. Most of the poems reflected the present day situations. Mohammed Baddur weaved his poem in the style of a Ghazal, which portrayed the present condition of Dakshina Kannada district, setting up a contrast between haves’ and have nots’.

Litterateur N Damodar Shetty, who presided over the symposium, lamented over lack of harmony. N G Patawardhan sent a message as to how the natural bounty of the district is being gradually lost.Farmers’ suicide was the subject of Dr Ramanand Banari’s poem, while H Ramesh Kedilaya, using the metaphor of birds, conveyed human values.
Shakunthala R Kini’s poem discovered a new possibility towards achieving women's liberty. N P Shetty Mulki, Shivaram Shishila, B Purandara Bhat, Mohandas Surathkal, Ramdas and Dr U Maheshwari also recited poems on the ocassion.
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