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Virasam for scrutiny of literature

Father of encounter victim inaugurates meet

KURNOOL: The two-day literary workshop (Sahithi Patasala) of Revolutionary Writers Association, popularly known as Virasam, began here on Saturday against the backdrop of "multiple setbacks to revolutionary movement."

Sunkanna, father of Laxmi, who was killed in an encounter in Prakasam district, inaugurated the meet while executive committee member of the Association Varavara Rao unveiled the plaque.
In his inaugural speech, State secretary of Virasam V. Chenchaiah recalled that after the Srikakulam armed struggle when many a revolutionary was either killed or arrested, the movement rose again like a violent wave out of nothing. He explained that it was not individuals who built movements but people.

He said any aberrations in society were first reflected in literature and writers gave vent to the feeling of oppressed society.

He said the movement of Revolutionary Writers Association made great contributions to literature by popularising local dialects and the language used by common people.
Also, the association moved from "social consciousness" to "social activism" and produced living literature.

He insisted that the members of the association should undertake scrutiny of contemporary literature through literary criticism apart from producing their own literature.


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posted by Bimal 15.1.07,


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