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TIRUCHI: As part of its endeavour to develop an aptitude among school students towards literature, the Sahitya Akademi will introduce a special programme to nurture the skills of higher secondary pupils from this academic year, the Programme Officer of the Akademi, A.S. Ilangovan said.
Addressing media persons here on Thursday, Mr. Ilangovan said that to start with, a special literature programme would be held at Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School in Besant Nagar in Chennai to expose the students of Plus One and Plus Two classes to various literary works with a focus on nation’s culture, Indian literary personalities, child literature and translation pieces of popular literature of other languages.
With the Akademi having successfully set its foot in motivating the college students to take up literature by organising various symposiums and seminars, the programme’s plan is to extend it to the school students too, he said.
On the Akademi’s plan for the current financial year, he said it would bring out 55 books on various titles. It would include the works of Pavai Manicka Nayakkar; H.A. Krishna Pillai; translation works; compilation of folk stories by Ki. Rajanarayanan. The Akademi would also bring out a series of books titled ‘Tamizh Ilakkiya Varalaru Kalanjiyam’ on the works of 120 great Tamil writers. Divided into volumes, it would trace the Tamil literature from the Sangam era, devotional literature and the present-day literature.
A short-film festival would be held in October in which 15 short-films from 15 Indian languages promoting literature would be screened. The Akademi would also organise a series of symposiums this year. To mark the 125th birth anniversary of national poet Subramanya Bharathiar, a South Indian literature seminar would be held in Chennai in September; a seminar on ‘Modern Tamil story literature’ in Tiruppur on August 16; a three-day symposium on Periyasamy ‘Thuran’ and a seminar on ‘Tirukkural’ and a sympoisum on noted poet Azha Valliyappa at Karaikudi have also been planned this year.
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