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Transforming Traditions – Second Edition of M.I.L.A.P. Commences

MANIPAL: An inauguration ceremony held at the TMA Pai Hall on September 6 set the cornerstone to Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (M.I.L.A.P.), celebrating the second edition to a three day long annual festival from September 6 to September 8.

M.I.L.A.P. was inaugurated by acclaimed playwright, Sahitya Akademi, and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Atamjit Singh who delivered an inaugural address to the crowd comprising of various students, teachers, scholars, and dignitaries. During his address, he talked about how he connected with the theme of this year – ‘A Millennium Revisited: Tradition and Transformation’. Additionally, he talked about how important it is to appreciate art and literature. He stated, “The so-called intellectuals, who are not able to write history in pen and paper generally write history with blood and swords, and we, as writers, are blessed to be so.”

The event also had renowned Kannada playwright, Sahitya Akademi, and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee H.S. Shivaprakash deliver the key note address. During his interaction, he spoke about what he derived from the theme. He commented, “The way we talk about traditions is derived from certain assumptions that are not eternal truths.”


The fest commenced with the guests and the dignitaries lighting the lamp. || Photograph Courtesy: Adesh Kumar Rout


He further elaborated on the concept of modernity. He said, “We haven’t seen the entirety of the world to give a definition to modernity; but yes, we always term anything new to be modern.” He quoted Kalidas’s text – “Puranamityeva na sadhu sarvam na capi kavyam navamityavadyam,” which translates to “The old is not always laudable, nor the new poem contemptible.” He asserted that our traditions are derived from old writings like the Vedas and various other philosophers but modernity is derived from globalisation and what we as humans do now. The inauguration laid a foundation to the many other events that the participants will be a part of in the coming days.

The upcoming days will include interactions with about 50 resource persons from India and abroad like Ranjit Hoskote, Charu Nivedita, Alok Rajwade, Jayant Kaikini, and Kunzang Choden among many others.

M.I.L.A.P. is known to provide an open and non-commercial platform for writers, artists, literary critics, and students to connect and begin a dialogue. The festival celebrates literary performances and visual arts.

The participants look forward to more fun filled events like Literary Meet, Theatre Appreciation Workshop, Youth Events, and many more in the coming days.


Featured Image Courtesy: Adesh Kumar Rout

Edited by: Karthika Venugopal

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