Writers should be sensitive to contemporary issues and respond without taking much time, felt noted writer Rajendra Chenni on Friday.
He was delivering the valedictory address at the two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on ‘Contemporary Kannada Literature: Challenges and New Model organised by SBRR Mahajanas First Grade College jointly with Graduate Kannada Teachers Association, Mysore University at its premises on Friday.
He said that contemporary issues like intolerance and political and religious dominance were a threat to freedom of speech and expression.
“These are plaguing the society and they must be addressed without taking much time. But unfortunately, present day writers have lost that sense and write without relevance. Late action or response will not yield anything. We cannot expect litterateurs to write what happened yesterday and at the same time there should not be a huge gap in responding to the happenings,” he said.
Noted playwright and poet H S Shiva Prakash lamented that Kannada was becoming a business language. “Because of this, the language is losing its sensitivity and is moving away from the common man. We must introspect against this,” he added.
MP Puttaraju, SBRR Mahajanas First Grade College President R Vasudevamurthy, Muralidhara Bhagavath, Principal K V Prabhakar and Analyst Nagabhushanaswamy were present.