Kannada is a rich and growing language so it is time to give the World Book Day celebration a regional flavor, said Prof Aravinda Malagatti
“World Book Day is a celebration of authors and the spirit of reading, we need to look for the native (Kannada) flavour while observing it, without merely following the West,” said eminent writer Prof Aravinda Malagatti on Saturday.
He was speaking after releasing D Javare Gowda’s ‘CPK Sahitya Sadhane,’ ‘Shathamana Sharadege Sharanu’ and C P Krishna Kumar’s ‘Pusthaka Samskruthu: Bhuvana Bhagya’ and ‘Chinthana Lekhana, Tippanigalu’ organised by Samvahana Publications and Karnataka Vichara Vedike as a part of the World Book Day and writer C P Krishna Kumar’s 77th birthday celebrations at Rajendra Bhavan.
Addressing the gathering he said that World Book Day was the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. April 23 coincides with the death anniversary of some prominent English writers and hence as a token of gratitude the UN has declared this day as the World Book Day.
Kannada language is rich and growing in strength. So while celebrating the World Book Day we need to give it a regional flavour without merely following the West. Though, the Book Day is observed on April 23 many western countries celebrate it in the month of May for it clashes with Easter holidays. Such flexibility can be applied here too by choosing a date to celebrate the richness of Kannada language joyously, he added.
He lauded the contributions of C P Krishna Kumar for the growth of Kannada language and stated that he has been a driving force and his works have always tried to instill values in the society. His works, he stated are reader friendly and played a greater role in their empowerment.
Writer Malali Vasanthkumar, Nadoja Dr D Javare Gowda, C P Krishna Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Sanskrit University Prof Padmashekar, Publisher Lokappa were also present.
Writer Aravinda Malagatti highlighted the inception and significance of the World Book Day.