Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:
Literature and news complement each other, noted Odia author Manoj Das said while inaugurating a conference on ‘Mass-media and Literature’ organized by Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Ravenshaw University at the Heritage Hall of the university in the Millennium city of Odisha on Friday.
“Literature and news are the two sides of the same coin called life. Literature follows life while news makes life public. Literature disciplines life and guides it while news transforms self consciousness to public consciousness. The foundation of both literature and news is language, he said.
Aadvising the media to emphasize on and promote literature, Das said news alone will not be able to win the confidence of readers. A dash of literature can brighten the future of a newspaper. He thanked Odia daily ‘Sambad’ on this occasion for giving due credit to literature and taking it to the masses at a time when national dailies and dailies in other languages have started ignoring this front.
Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Chief Guest of the event and editor of Odia daily ‘Sambad’ said literature is going through a crisis as both language and feelings are going through a crisis. “It is disappointing to see both men from media and literature await government favours. Literature cannot progress, if writers write for recognition and awards,” he said.
Advising the media tobe always on the side of truth and justice, Patnaik said it must guard against the conspiracy to control it. “Writers cannot benefit the society if they write while staying far away from the system,” he said encouraging them to enter politics and get the system fixed.
Among the dignitaries who attended the conference were Smarapriya Mishra, head of the department (HoD), Language of Ravenshaw University; Gaurahari Das, Editor(feature), Sambad.
Prateeksha Jena’s ‘Adoora Andhar’ and Akshaya Swain’s ‘Jadukar’ was also inaugurated on the occasion.