Udupi, Sep 27, 2017: Literature and media need to nourish each other, so that each medium becomes more sensitive, argue many speakers in the one day symposium jointly organized by Kendra Sahitya Akademi, Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra, Manipal University, Department of Journalism, MGM College, Udupi. Hereon Saturday 23rd Sept. 2017.
While each medium has its own specificities, there is a significant component of literature in all media while focusing on literature. Media can extend a humanizing influence on readers and viewers, they said.
Inaugurating the symposium, veteran writer S. Diwakar said ‘literature can give a human respective for media. Unfortunately, major part of media is focusing on advertising and trivia. When salebility becomes the sole attention, media can have ‘numbing effect’ on the minds of the people, he regretted. There could be a difference between literature and other media, so far as there approach towards poverty, inequality, crime, corruption etc. Hence presence of literature in its real sense in media can significantly modify the very nature of the media. Unfortunately television has become the chewing gum of the eye’ he cited.
Presiding over the inauguration, Manipal University Vice Chancellor Dr. Vinod Bhat ‘ recalled the good old days of Doordarshan which brought out significant literature-based programmes. He also felt that the new media, being the new forum for all writers, offers new possibilities. The MGM College principal Prof. Kusuma Kamath, S.P Mahalingeshwar Regional Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, Jayaprakash Mavinakuli, Member, Kannada Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi, Prof. Varadesh Hiregange, co-ordinator, Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra, Manipal University and Manjunath Kamath, Lecture, Journalism, MGM College were present.
S.B. Jogur (Literature and Newspaper), T.C. Poornima (Literature and Dooradarshana) and Bhagyajyothi Hiremath (Literature and Cinema) presented papers.
Delivering the valedictory address veteran scholar B.A Vivek Rai realled how news papers have contributed to the growth of literature and how electronic media need to take literature more seriously. He also cited new experiments coming out from the world of cinema. Presiding over the valedictory, senior journalist A. Ishwarayya focused on the possibilities of intense melting human moments of literature and explained his own experiences and experiments as the literary and art editor of the newspaper and magazine. A large number of students from different colleges and other guests participated in the programme.