Saturday, July 31, 2010

ONV stands up for Malayalam

Reiterating his angst and wondering about the reasons for many Malayalam books not getting translated, veteran poet ONV Kurup inaugurated a seven-day book exhibition organised by Rachana, the cultural wing of the Kerala Secretariat Employees’ Association, in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, July 29.

“We have translated books from so many different languages. But only a few books from Malayalam get translated to other Indian languages,” said ONV. “And when people like us raise our voice for our language, others say it is because we have some ulterior motives, like securing the post of a vice-chancellor. What ambitions can someone as old as me have?” he asked.

“Malayalam should not be pushed behind any other language. It should rise to great heights,” said the poet, inspiring the hundreds gathered there to read and understand their mother-tongue better.

Full report here Yentha

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