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