Writers are navigators of the society that show the course of the society through their literature, CAF-PD Minister Karam Shyam said on Sunday.
Shyam was speaking as a chief guest during the inaugural function of seminar on ‘Manipuri Sahityada Kangjam Padmakumar’ held at JN Manipur Dance Academy.
Speaking at the event, the minister maintained that writer and literature plays an important role in the society. “Insights given by literature immensely benefitted me as a politician and in governance as literature reflected the socio-political situation of the society” stated the minister.
He further said that the contributions of the writers made in writings are a treasure for the society.
“Contemplating on the ideas in the writings will inspire the newer generations and paved a positive way for the future as well,” he observed.
It is also crucial to study the lives of the past Manipuri writers like Lamabam Kamal, Hijam Anganghal among others as well, he added.
While asserting that writers are down to earth people, who never encouraged or commit evil things, the minister urged the people to imitate the lifestyle of the writers.
Various scholars presented papers on Padmakumar as a poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist during the two technical sessions of the seminar.
Later in the evening, a play titled ‘Haunted by Paintings’ was performed by Manipuri Theatre Academy. The play is based on a short story written by Padmakumar’s son, K Radhakumar and is dramatised and directed by S Beeren.
It is about the struggle faced by artists in today’s society, which apparently failed to give artists their deserved value and importance.