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Day 2 of M.I.L.A.P2 min read

November 12, 2019 2 min read

Day 2 of M.I.L.A.P2 min read

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MANIPAL: Manipal International Literature and Arts Platform (MILAP), the annual arts and literature fest hosted by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) concluded after a ceremonious second-day programme on November 10, at the TMA Pai Halls, Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Manipal.

This year’s MILAP was themed around digitisation and its impact as felt in the sphere of art, officially titled ‘Creative Expressions in the Digital World’. The fest included an array of seminars hosted and panelled by renowned individuals from across the nation and other connoisseurs in the field. Stalls ranging from that of Namma Bhoomi, benefiting the local craftsmen, to book stalls selling translated versions of local folk literature and more, were organised at the event.

The day started with a seminar on ‘Digi-Cookery’, a presentation on how technology has made many exotic cuisines are available and accessible to every household with the help of online recipes and online cooking tutorials. This panel was followed by a panel on manuscripts and their subsequent adaptation into ManE-scripts, a digitalised version, and the best ways to make soft copies of these manuscripts without damaging their content. The audience seemed to enjoy the various talks and seminars. “I feel like a few seminars were difficult for the students to get into. The seminar on manuscripts was especially difficult for me to understand,” said an attendee who preferred to stay anonymous. 

The third seminar, which started soon after, was about the coming of the era of online streaming networks such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The panellists spoke about how this digital bandwagon would be beneficial for writers and how it would result in better and more refined cinematic storytelling. The programme continued soon after with a seminar on digitalisation in music. There was a basic demonstration on how electronic music is made followed by a talk on how the soul of music is lost in this modern era of digitalised music as compared to the olden days of the orchestra. 

Namratha, third-year, Faculty of Architecture (FOA) said, “Last year, the seminars were being held simultaneously on both floors and we felt like that was too much to handle, plus, people could only attend one seminar at a time. A lot of people were losing out so we decided to keep the seminars on the third floor and the stalls on the second floor this year.”

The last talk was about publishing in the digital medium and how digital publishing platforms are slowly taking over traditional methods. Parthiva Mewawala, first-year, Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC), when asked about his experience with MILAP said, “It was amazing. 10/10 would come again for the food. The session on quality in digital streaming was my favourite.”


Featured Image Courtesy: Ritwika Sarkar

Edited by: Disha Acharya