KaSaPa’s 101 st annual celebration inaugurated

Today when entertainment has become a more sought after one by the youth, it is the duty of Kannada Sahitya Parishat to see that they do not disassociate themselves from literature, opined writer Prof Sa Na Gayathri, here on Thursday.

She was speaking after the inauguration of the 101st annual celebrations of Kan­nada Sahitya Parishat (Ka Sa Pa) and the photo-exhibition of the former Presidents of Ka Sa Pa.

She said though Kannada language was said to have seen its peak, it has failed to maintain a consistent effort in retaining the same quality. In a world where entertainment is easily accessible, Kanna­da Sahitya Parishat should make efforts to see that the youth involve themselves in literary activities.

Further, she said that Kannada language and lit­erature should be the me­dium of the people. It is not the government that should determine its language, let the people take a call. Gov­ernment as an administra­tive body must empower the people to protect the land, language and literature,” she added.

Writer Halathi Somashekar described litera­ture as an instrument which transforms the mind. He said literature must contribute to the improvement of society.

The activities taken up by the KaSaPa has only catered to the urban community so far. After hundred years of existence, the Parishat should have become more vibrant and adopt new initia­tives that attracts both young and the old alike. Kanna­da and Kannadigas should become a culture rather than just a fanatic expres­sion. Parishat should achieve the dreams of writers like D V Gundappa, Karpura Srinivasaraya, B M Shri­kantaiah and others, he added

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