‘Literature is like a flowing river’ – Dr. S. P. Umadevi

Mysuru, January 15, 2019: “Literature comprises life experiences. Literature is like our passing life, which always is full of newness and modernity. Literature is not like stagnant water. It is like a flowing river,” opined Dr. S. P. Umadevi, Litterateur and Assistant Professor, JSS Women’s College, Mysuru.

She inaugurated the ‘Interaction with Litterateur’ programme, jointly organized by the ‘Jaana-Janeyara Balaga’, of the Kannada Post Graduation Department, JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science, B. N. Road, Mysuru, in association with the ‘Kannada Book Authority’, Government of Karnataka. She interacted with the students and debated on various topics including language, literature, culture, and media. “Everybody has talent. Everyone should develop a method of utilizing it and presenting it. Our culture and our language provide us with good opportunities to exhibit our creativity. I have visited several countries, but couldn’t find a better culture than ours, anywhere. Hence, learn to respect our culture and language. I was born and brought up in Suttur, which has played a vital role in shaping me as a litterateur. There is a lot to learn from media, but it is left to us to opt only the right thing,” she added.

Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah, CEO of the College complex in his presidential address observed, “When you are interacting with a litterateur it means you have understood the essence of all their works. Such interactions mean bringing their writings to the presence and analyzing it. Umadevi has been giving us literature that is non-sectarian. All her literary works reflect upliftment of the society and gender equality. The women literature is growing in the right way. Today more and more women are getting higher education and hence they should involve themselves in expressive media,” he said.

Prof. M. Mahadevappa, Principal JSS College of Commerce, Arts and Science were present. Dr. B.S. Sudeep, HoD, presented the introductory talk and welcomed the guests.

Earlier the programme commenced with an invocation by Kum. Jyothi N. Bhat and Sri Akshay Devaru gave a vote of thanks. Sri H. M. Mallikarjun compered. Lecturers and students participated in the interaction.