Article-19 dedicated to martyred journalists2 min read
Manipal: Article 19, the annual core communication festival of the School of Communication (SOC) dedicated this year’s edition to all the journalists who had died for the cause in the past year.
The three day fest started on February 19 with an inauguration by social activist and writer Harsh Mander. A far cry from the conventional lighting of the lamp, this year candles were lit in memory of the journalists who died fighting for the cause they believed in. Keshav Padmanabhan, a second year student of SOC said, “The whole idea behind lighting the candles was to show solidarity for free speech and expression, and remembering the departed souls for their immense contribution towards the field of journalism.”
After the welcome address by the Director of SOC, Dr Nandini Lakshmikanta, the first talk was given by Harsh Mander. He spoke on how the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity are deeply threatened in today’s times. Karthik Rajagopal, a first year SOC student said, “Social justice is an integral part of a nation. The fact that Mr Mander spoke on how the dark side of it is not taken into concern at all was something very informative.”
The afternoon talk was delivered by Vidya Dinker, an environmentalist and social worker from Mangalore. Her interactive session mainly dealt with the environmental issues in and around Dakshina Kannada.
The evening’s cultural entertainment programme was called Alt-Enter and included for the first time, a classical music performance by a group of carnatic musicians who belong to a slum in Udupi. After the performance, they said, “It was a very nice experience to perform here, not only because we got a good response from the audience but also because we were performing in front of students for the first time. It was a very refreshing experience.”
Sub-edited by Nadia Lewis