Mysuru, August 11:- “Dalit is a situation. Those who are oppressed, deprived of opportunities are all Dalits,” opined writer Dr C P Krishnakumar.
He was speaking after inaugurating felicitation programme for writer Prof Aravinda Malagathi at Rani Bahadur auditorium at Manasagangothri in the city on Friday.
“Kannada literature is at crossroads. Prof Malagathi is one among those who drive the change in Literature. He can be called as a giant of Dalit literature. Dalit is an adjective. Even if we watch him, keeping aside the adjective, he is a giant in literature. I had asked him why he would need police protection; he had told me in jest why would he need police protection when he has his wife who is a police officer at home.”
Primary and Secondary Education Minister N Mahesh released a CD of songs by Aravinda Malagathi. He said that Malagathi has the responsibility of awakening the society through his works.
Renowned music director Hamsalekha, In-charge Vice Chancellor of University of Mysore Prof T K Umesh, Registrar Prof R Rajanna, president of Prof Aravinda Malagathi Felicitation Committee Prof N M Talavar and others were present. (MR/GK).