Literature abounds in the North
Text and pix by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
The 41st Literary Meet of Tamil writers and poets took place recently in Jaffna.It was the first event of its kind to take place in Jaffna after the end of the war. Two days were dedicated solely to discuss and debate literary themes under the titles: 'traditional arts and culture,' 'casteism,' 'literature,' 'activism' and 'national ethnicities and issues. The first literary meet of this kind was held in Germany, in 1988.
Literature enthusiasts, writers, journalists, poets and novelists hailing from Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities across the island and from overseas gathered in Jaffna. Participants from India, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom and the United States of America added a unique flavour to the two-day event.
House full of Literary Meet
Vithya, representing the transgender community in India, voiced built-up sentiments at the meet, etching a poignant mark on listeners' experience of the event. "I am a refugee in my own country. Our rights are violated at home, school, work place and elsewhere," Vithya said.
Vithya sharing her experience
"Sinhalese are ready to share their affection with the Tamils, but they are not ready to share the State (power). Some young Sinhala poets have begun to rethink after the end of the war. Some Sinhala writers have felt the sense of guilt with regards to the minorities," observed Peradeniya University Senior Lecturer, Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi.
Panel on Literature
Somesasunthari Krishnakumar talks about Women and Spiritual Culture
Panel on Traditional Arts and Culture
Some of the participants
Panel on Activism
Raghavan introducing "Guernica"
Professor Sitraleka Maunaguru talks about poetry by women in 25 years
Serious and sensitive subjects were discussed and debated during two-day meet
Panel on National Ethnicities and Issues
Literature brought like minded people to Jaffna
Post war Literary Meet in Jaffna
COURTESY: Ceylon Today