SRM Tamilperayam in collaboration with Sahitya Academy, New Delhi has organized a two day seminar on ‘‘Recent Trends in South Indian Literature’’ on 06.02.2017 (Monday) and 07.02.2017 (Tuesday) at Dr. T.P. Ganesan Mini Hall – I.
         A two day seminar on ‘Recent Trends in South Indian Literature’ began on 06.02.2017 today at 10.00 A.M. in SRM University, Dr. T.P. Ganesan Mini Hall – I, Kattankulathur. At the Inaugural session, Sahitya Akademi Secretary Dr. K. Srinivasa Rao welcomed the gathering. Convener for Tamil Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi Dr. Ki. Nachimuthu, introduce about the activities of Sahitya Akademi. 
     The session was presided by Dr.N.Gopi, Convenor, Souther Regional Board of Sahitya Akademi. Emenient Tamil writer Ashoka Mitran delivered keynote address. The founder chancellor of SRM University Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar was the Chief Guest. Felicitations were offered by Prof. Prahbir K. Bagchi , Vice-Chancellor, SRM University and Dr. T.P. Ganesan, President of TamilPerayam & Pro-vice Chancellor of SRM University, SRM Tamilperayam Secretary Prof. Karu.Nagarajan delivered Vote of Thanks.

    
Chancellor told that,this memorable University which has been functioning for the past 3 decades admirably attracts students from all parts of India and foreign countries, since it offers qualitative education in almost all disciplines under the faculties of Engineering, Management, Sciences and Humanities and Medicine and Health Sciences besides providing the required facilities for undertaking advanced research.
          In addition to the routine curriculam activities, we have established a Tamizh Academy (Tamil Perayam), realizing our responsibility to spread the values of Tamil language and culture around the world and to honour the Tamil scholars and contributors for the growth of Tamil language.
          The ‘Tamil Perayam’ honours eminent scholars, poets and creative writers with high awards and provides various other services for promoting Tamil language. Each year we give Thamizh Academy Awards with a cash amount of Rs.1.5 Lacs each to the authors of the best Tamil books in 8 divisions like poetry, fiction, child literature, science, fine arts, music, research, translation and literary work by foreign Tamils. Moreover awards worth Rs.2 Lacs to the best Tamil Scholar and Rs.5 Lacs to the lifetime achiever in Tamil are also given.
We have been giving these awards for the past five years. From this year onwards we have added new awards to the existing list. One of the new awards is for the best Tamil organizations serving Tamil cause at international level, national level and state level. Another new award is for the best Tamil journal serving the Tamil cause. Thus the total number of awards turn to be 14 to the tune of Rs.22 lacs. I feel proud in serving the cause of our mother tongue, in such a manner.
In addition to giving the awards, Tamil Perayam is also engaged in other services like conducting diploma courses in diaspora Tamil Teacher, Yoga, and rituals performance in mother tongue, publishing books for popularizing the literary treasures of Tamil Language.
Once again I want to reiterate the wonderful services rendered by
Sahitya Akademi for the promotion and development of literature of various Indian languages which are appreciated and encouraged by the literates of India.
 On this memorable occasion, I feel very happy to participate in this seminar jointly organized by the Sahitiya Academy and Tamilperayam for the first time. I want to convey my thanks to the authorities of Sahitya Academy for providing a good opportunity to us to conduct this two day seminar at this university. I hope the lectures to be delivered in these two days by literary scholars will throw light on the modern trends in various forms of literature of the South India languages viz., Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannadam which have been identified as Dravidian languages by so many foreign scholars like Dr Caldwell and others.

 The first session was about recent trends in South Indian fiction. The Chairperson was Dr.C.Mirunalini, Telugu Literary Personality. Mr.R. Arul presented his research article on Tamil Novel in the after noon session was on Recent Trends South Indian Short Story the Chairperson was Tamil Writer A. Mangai. Papers on this topics were presented by Sridhar Balagar (Cannda), Payipra Radhakrishnan (Malayalam) & V. Ramakrishnan (Tamil)

On 07.02.2017 sessions will be on Recent Trends South Indian Poetry and literary criticism a chairperson C. Naganna (Kanadam) for the poetry session. Dr.B.Ravi Kumar (Tamil), T.P. Rajeevan (Malayalam) and S. Raghu (Telugu) will deliver the research articles.

The Chairperson for the session on literary criticism will be Rachapalem Chanderashekar Reddy, Mr. M.S. Raghunath (Canada), V. Radhakrishnan (Malayalam) and Abhilash Chandran (Tamil) will present the research articles. The valedictory session will be chaired by Prof. Ki. Nachimuthu. Valedictory address will be by eminent Tamil writer R.N.Joe De Cruz, S. Faustina Bama member, General Council will be Chief Guest. Dr. N. Sethuraman, Registrar of the SRM University will felicitate the function. Seminar Co-ordinator Prof. M.J.Rabi Singh is to give the Vote of Thanks.


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