M.I.L.A.P 2019 begins3 min read
MANIPAL: The third edition of Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (MILAP), a platform which facilitates the coming together of writers, artists, literary critics and students to connect with each other and begin a dialogue, kick-started on Saturday, November 9, at the TMA Pai Halls, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal. Beginning first in 2017, MILAP is a literary festival hosted annually by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE).
This year, the programme has 24 resource persons, coming together to talk about and deliberate over topics across different disciplines, with the common theme, ‘Creative Expressions in the Digital World’.
The events of Day 1 began after the inaugural ceremony carried out by chief guest H Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, MAHE. This was followed by the keynote address by Mahesh Dattani, the first recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award for the best writing in English.
The inauguration ceremony also saw three book releases: ‘De-Colonial Existence and Urban Sensibility: A Study of Mahesh Elkunchwar’ by Sayan Dey, ‘Culture and Creativity’ by N Manu Chakravarthy and ‘The Word and the World’ by H S Shivaprakash.
The first session of the day focused on discussion around Girish Karnad, Jnanpith awardee. A panel consisting of Amrit Gangar, BR Venkatramana Aithal, Prakash Balewadi and TA Ashoka and modulated by Maithreyi Karnoor, spoke on ‘Girish Karnad: Memories and Modernity’. Through the discussion, they spoke on their encounters with the author, talking of his methods, understanding of art and cinema, along with his takes on other topics.
The panel discussion on Girish Karnad was preceded by the inauguration of the book fair, carried out by N Manu Chakravarthy and Kamalakar Bhat. The collection of books in the fair range from the categories of self-help, non-fiction, fiction, academia and biographies, along with certain Kannada books as well. Other attractions at the book fair include locally made crafts items on display. The fair also has second-hand books on offer.
A second discussion on ‘Medium as Message; Decoding Digital Narratives’ took place post-lunch. Chandan Gowda, Lavanya Lakshminarayan and Shekhar Mukherjee led the discussion, modulated by Romal Singh. The discussion revolved around the topics of privacy, gaming culture in India, digital media as well as blurred lines of ethics.
After the panel discussion, Vinay Hegde, designer and digital artist, produced a spellbinding display of digital art, much to the audience’s impress. The artist, drawing live on stage through digital mediums, gained a thunderous applaud from the audience for each drawing. Vinay Hegde’s ‘Cosmic Splash; Visual Art in Virtual Space’ is one of its kind in the country.
Day 1 of MILAP 2019 concluded with the play ‘Mansha Ki Shaadi’.
Featured Image Courtesy: Sneha Chowdhury
Edited by: Rayna Lele