Committee proposes choice of Elkunchwar or Dwadashiwar or Wagh for inaugural session

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2019 10:27:38


Staff Reporter,

Publishers and eminent names in Marathi literary world appeal for larger attendance at the meet

After withdrawing the invitation to English language author Nayantara Sahgal, the organising committee of 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan has proposed the choice of eminent litterateurs Mahesh Elkunchwar or Suresh Dwadashiwar or Vitthal Wagh for inaugural session of the meet scheduled to begin in Yavatmal from January 11.

Since the withdrawal of the invitation to Sahgal to inaugurate the coveted Marathi literary meet, there were speculations if some other eminent litterateur would be invited for the inaugural session. After the communication of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal, the local organising committee has proposed the names of Elkunchwar, Dwadashiwar, and Wagh. However, till filing of this report on Tuesday evening, it could not be confirmed if the Mahamandal had accepted the proposal. Also, it could not be ascertained if these eminent litterateurs were approached with the proposal.

Meanwhile, trying to derive political mileage out of the episode of withdrawal of invitation to Sahgal, a section of the political leaders belonging to the Opposition parties, some of the litterateurs and writers continued issuing appeals to the people and other writers to boycott the meet. This section also tried to mount pressure on Dr Aruna Dhere, the scholar-writer chosen to be the President of 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, to stay away from the meet. Some even tried to dictate to her what to comment upon in her speech.

Dr Ramakant Kolte, Working President of the organising committee of the meet, issued a statement seeking apology for withdrawing invitation to Sahgal. He also appealed to the people to participate in a large number.

Disturbed over unnecessary political colour being given to the entire episode, a large group of eminent writers and scholars issued a statement appealing to the people to attend the meet in large numbers and make it successful. In a statement issued on Tuesday, they termed the entire ‘invitation withdrawal episode’ as ‘worth condemning’ and insulting to the author of the repute of Sahgal, and demanded probe to find out who was responsible for this. At the same time, the patrons of Marathi literature and readers should not boycott the meet but attend it and avoid insulting a scholar like Dr Aruna Dhere.

The statement was reportedly issued by highly respected personalities including ‘Shivshahir’ Babasaheb Purandare, acclaimed scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Dr G B Deglurkar, Sheshrao Morey, D M Mirasdar, Mangala Godbole, Dr Sadanand Morey, renowned actor Rahul Solapurkar, Brigadier (retd) Hemant Mahajan, master interviewer Sudhir Gadgil, Vivek Ghalsasi, Pandurang Balkawde, Chaitanya Maharaj Deglurkar, Shivaji Maharaj Morey, Dilip Karambelkar, Dr Bal Fondke, Dilip Majgaonkar, Dr Vilas Khole, Pradeep Rawat, Milind Joshi, Rekha Inamdar, Yogesh Soman, Vinod Pawar, Namdeo Kamble, Ravi Gole, Ishwar Nandpure, Dr Snehlata Deshmukh, Kanchan Prakash Sangeet, Ashutosh Adoni, Prashant Arway, Dr Subodh Naik, Arvind Joshi, Avinash Dharmadhikari, Arun Karmarkar, Suchitra Kulkarni, Dr Eknath Khedkar, Abhay Tilak, Sarang Darshane, Sudhir Pathak, Dr Rajendra Naikwade and many others.

Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Prakashak Sangh, a body of publishers of Marathi literature, also issued a statement appealing to the readers to make the literary meet successful. “In the 92-year history of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, a woman has become President only four times. This time, it is a scholar-writer like Dr Aruna Dhere. The readers and patrons of Marathi literature need to stand by the event instead of getting carried away by controversy,” stated a press release issued by Rajiv Barve, President of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Prakashak Sangh. The writers, readers, and publishers need to give the joy of hosting the coveted meet to the people of Yavatmal in Vidarbha region.

Barve also pointed out that attempts were made to create a controversy regarding a reader-publisher meet held at ‘Book Village’ Bhilar last month. However, he added, the
writers, readers, and publishers ignored such attempts and made the meet a grand success. “Let us all come together, ignore the controversy, and make the 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan a grand success,” he appealed to the readers and writers.


‘Marathi University should be set up at Riddhapur’

Staff Reporter,

On the sidelines of three-day 92nd Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan being held at Yavatmal from January 11, Akhil Bharatiya Mahanubhav Mahamandal has urged the State Government to establish Marathi University at Wajeshwari in Riddhapur.  Trupti Borkute, President of Akhil Bharatiya Mahanubhav Mahamandal, stated in a press release that ‘Leela Charitra’, which is treated as the first literary work in Marathi, was composed by Mhaimbhat at Wajeshwari in Riddhapur in Morshi tehsil of Amravati district. Hence, the Government should set up Marathi University at the place.

Also, Borkute demanded, a resolution should be passed in Marathi Sahitya Sammelan requesting the Government to celebrate ‘World Marathi Day’ on the birth anniversary of Sarvadnya Shri Chakradhar Swami. Further, she stated in the release, 860-years-old ‘Matang Vihir’ at Riddhapur should be declared a national monument and create ‘World Humanity Memorial’ there.