Produce quality literature, Christian writers told
Sunday, May 13, 2012 AT 09:00 PM (IST)
AHMEDNAGAR: Speakers at the 23rd Marathi Khristi Sahitya Sammelan concluded here on Saturday urged Marathi Christian littérateurs not to dwell in the past glory of pioneer writers and lexicographers of the pre-British and British era, but produce quality literature befitting their tradition.
The speakers said that Christian missionaries like 17th century Marathi epic 'Kristpuran' writer Fr Thomas Stephens, and the first Marathi novelist Baba Padamanjee had played great role in enriching Marathi language and that tradition was further continued by Pandita Ramabai, and Rev Narayan Vaman Tilak. This glorious tradition was not carried forwardduring the past few decades, the speakers lamented.
The three-day seminar was inaugurated by Sakal Media Group's Chief Editor Uttam Kamble on Thursday. Editor of 170-year-old Marathi monthly 'Dnyanodaya' Ashok Angre presided over the literary meet.
The programmes at the literary meet held at Mahavir Sanskritik Bhavan included a Granth Dindi, talks, and a music concert based on songs by Krishna R Sangle written 100 years ago.
The speakers included former Sahitya Sammelan presidents Fr Michael G, Devdatta Husale, Anupama Ujgare and Subhash Patil, 'Suvarta' monthly editor Fr Francis Correa, Anupama Dongre-Joshi, Camil Parkhe and Dayanand Thombre.