The 2-day Literary Workshop, titled “KINAR THEKE KINARE” was organized by Kolkata Kairali Samajam in association with Kerala Sahitya Academy (KSA) on 3rd and 4th July, 2017 at Kolkata. The Workshop was inaugurated by Sri Vyshakhan, President, KSA at 10 AM on Saturday, 3rd June. In his inaugural address he referred to the influence of the Bengali literary works on the cultural landscape of Kerala. However, he expressed his unhappiness in the fact that not many Malayalam works have been translated to Bengali. He called upon the KKS team to collaborate with KSA in this endeavor. Dr. K P Mohanan, Scretary, KSA chaired the meeting. Sri P V Venugopalan, President, KKS welcomed the delegates and Sri T Ajayakumar, Secretary, KKS presented the vote of thanks in the inaugural ceremony.
Chairman of Satikanta Guha Foundation, Sri Indranath Guha gave the keynote address. Sri Sunil Naliyath, who received the KSA award for the translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s “Chokher Bali” was felicitated in the meeting. The two-day workshop had prominent literary personnel from Malayalam – Sri Sunil P Elayidom, Sri Alankode Leelakrishnan, Sri E P rajagopalan, Dr. K M Anil, Dr. Saradakkutty presenting their papers on a variety of topics ranging from Tagore’s “Geetanjali” to the mythology of “Goddess Kali” to the influence of Bengali Drama. Sri Sunil Naliyath shared his experiences as a translator. Sri P Venugopalan, Trustee, KKS, spoke from the reader’s point of view. Sri Susmesh Chandroth, writer, spoke on his experiences of living in Kolkata and Bengali literature. Sri T K Gopalan, Managing Trustee, KKS spoke on the various initiatives undertaken by KKS.
The screenplay of the critically acclaimed documentary “One Day in The Life of a Hangman” by Sri Joshy Joseph was released by Sri Vyshakhan by presenting a copy to Dr. Saradakkutty. Sri Joshy Joseph and Sri Suvendu Chatterjee, producer of the documentary, spoke on the occasion.
The KKS website was launched by Sri Alankode Leelakrishnan. He appreciated the initiatives from KKS towards the growth of Malayalam language and literature, specifically among malayalees outside Kerala and expressed his confidence that the KKS website and the platform it provides for budding writers will go a long way to take this mission further ahead. The website and its contents were presented by Sri Sreekumar V, Joint Secretary, KKS. Sri M C K Menon, Convener, Publicity Committee, KKS, presented the vote of thanks for the session.
Both days had one segment where the audience had an opportunity to interact with the delegates in an open forum. This was moderated by Sri Suthan Bhaskaran and the active participation of the audience forced the extension of the duration of the session on both days.
The workshop ended on 4th June with a brief closing ceremony in which Sri Vysakhan expressed the desire on behalf of KSA to have more workshops like this in the future as well.