Jayant Kaikini inaugurates Article 19 20132 min read
The fest was inaugurated in MIC’s own unique way; instead of the traditional way of lighting the lamp, the chief guest switched on electric lights which were placed to form the words ‘Article-19’ on a wooden board.
Prof. Varadesh Hiregange, Director, MIC, described the fest as “a celebration of freedom of speech and expression with responsibility” in his welcome address.
The first session of the day was a talk by Dilip Cherian, an eminent Public Relations guru. Before starting with his talk, he asked the audience to come up with questions first, which he answered while delivering a lecture on ‘Public Relations – its scope and limitations’. According to him, in the universe of media, PR plays a very important role which needs understanding and questioning. Shravan Iyer, a student of Manipal University, Bangalore campus, who attended it said, “I liked the way he handled the talk, but he didn’t talk about the negative aspect of PR. Also, when I posed a question, I didn’t get a satisfactory answer.”
After a brief interlude consisting of screenings of various short films made by participants, the chief guest, Jayant Kaikini began his lecture.
Kaikini, who is the recipient of three Sahitya Akademi Awards, spoke on the topic, ‘Cinema, Lyrics and Literature’. He described art as an amalgamation of intelligence and emotion. Furthermore, he shared his experiences as a writer, poet and lyricist. Commenting on his first brush with poetry, he said, “Many people think that I became a writer because my father was one which is not the case. I was very repulsive to all of it. I became inclined, for the first time, towards poetry only during college”.
Prof. Hiregange, described him as an “extremely sensitive, comical, ironic writer”. Speaking about his experience at MIC, he said, “It was an excellent, intimate and a very enriching experience. These kinds of experiences open the windows of your mind to fresh breeze and new light.”
A cultural program in the evening, which saw an array of performances put up by the students of MIC, brought an end to the day’s festivities.
Apart from the students of various media colleges across the country, also present during the inauguration ceremony were Dr. M.V. Kamath, Honorary Director, MIC, Dilip Cherian, co- founder of Perfect Relations and Raviraj Kini, Faculty Coordinator, Article 19.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair