A Literary Flock

A Literary Flock

There are booklovers, film freaks and theatre enthusiasts. And then there are literary buffs, aficionados if you will, who simply thrive on books, theatre and the like. Thane has a rich tradition that values literary culture and boasts of having produced many well-known artists and writers. The residents of the city are also ardent enthusiasts and lap up half an opportunity for participating in art and related events.

Come March 30, 2003 and the city will witness a highly charged literature conference. Marathi Sahitya Parishad (Thane District) is organising the seventh Vibhagiya Sahitya Sammelan, a district level literary forum, which will see the coming together of eminent personalities from the world of Marathi literature.

The forum is an annual affair, which began in 1992 and since then has been held at various locations in Thane district including Kalyan, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar. This year it is scheduled to be held on Sunday March 30, 2003. at Marathi Granth Sangralaya, a well-known library located in Thane city. It would be an all-day event starting at 9 in the morning and concluding at 6:30 pm.

Makrand Joshi, secretary of Marathi Granth Sangralaya, likes to think of this event as a miniature version of Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, which is a National Event held across the country. He says, "It’s an opportunity for literature lovers to interact with celebrated writers, directors and stage artists and they can gain valuable insights into the world of literature."

In the past, prominent personalities like Girija Kir, Shankar Vaidya, Subhash Bhende, Anand Yadav, Aruna Dheer have presided over the symposium. This year, the president is Dr. Arun Tikekar.

The highlight of the forum is an interview with renowned Marathi writer and former editor of Lok Prabha, H M Marathe, whose recent biography has found him many fans. The interview will be conducted by Neelima Palwankar, a college professor from the city.

There will also be a Group Discussion on the subject of "Biographical Dramas in Marathi Stage". The past few years have seen a surge in comedies, whereas biographical dramas are not as popular as they used be. This issue will be discussed by a panel comprising of the different sections of the society. Santosh Pawar (writer-cum-director), Kedar Shinde (writer-cum-director), Kumar Sohani (director) and Chandrakant Kulkarni (director) will represent Marathi stage. Suresh Magarkar will represent the audience and columnist Jayant Pawar from Maharashtra Times will also participate. Ashok Sathe, legendary actor/director will moderate the discussion.

An eighteenth century German playwright, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, "The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation."    

Such forums are a great boost to world of literature, especially in times when shallow quality has come to dominate its every sphere – books, stage, films and music. When important issues are brought to the forefront by public figures, we can rest assured that the decline in quality of literary works can be stopped or even reversed.

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