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KADAMBARI – A NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ‘NARRATIVES’

The 17th October – turned to be the most awaited day, this odd semester of 2016 at the Department of Languages, T. John College. With weeks of work and preparations, The one-day National Conference on ‘Narratives’, Kadambari 2016 had finally come to light.

The list of dignitaries at the conference provided platform to some of the most prominent and celebrated personalities in the literature scene of India. The event saw pan-India presence from litterateurs, academicians, students and enthusiasts.

A chief guest, who needs no introduction, was Ms. Kavita Kane who graced the occasion with her presence. Her address to the audience dealt on the topic of ‘Mythical Narratives’ combined with personal experiences from phases of life during the time, that she penned her Bestsellers, Karna’s Wife,Sita’s sister etc.T. John Group of Institutions Chairman, Dr. Thomas P. John enlightened the audience with his presence and address at the conference.

T. John College Principal, Dr. Shikha Tiwari laid emphasis on the origins of Narratives from Sanskrit literature, which provided a new dimension to the discussion; she also declared the literary conference open, after one of the conference conveners, Dr. Panchali Mukherjee deliberated on the concept note of the Kadambari 2016.

Dr. Aninda Bhattacharya, Research Scientist, at GE, Bengaluru provided many a fact and insight into the world of Science Fiction, from the oldest origins of the same being found in British literature to the cult pop figures that the Sci-Fi has been time-travelled to, in the modern day.

Kannada Sahithya Akademi Awardee, Mr. Vasudhendra celebrated author and writer and Kannada n contemporary Kannada literature provided the audience with different narrative styles and techniques that a story writer could employ to create an engaging and liked piece of work. Dr. Yogananda Rao, a senior academician, from Bengaluru, deliberated on the expanse and scope that detective narratives have had, and continues to have over decades the same popularity that works of Conan Doyle and likes have showcased.

After the panel discussion, amongst the aforementioned plenary speakers on the occasion, and a satisfying break for lunch, the conference then moved on to its most awaited part. Parallel paper presentation sessions began, with a myriad of topics, ideas being deliberated in and around the scope of Narratives in Literature, Psychology, Journalism, Advertising, etc. A total of 27 abstracts and papers were presented.

The conference then saw an end with one of the conference conveners, Ms. Suraiya Banu Shanawaz proposing the valedictory address to all participants. The Overall arrangements were coordinated by Ms.uma gopal and Ms. Pavitra r , supported by Renjitha k and Mr.ArvindKumar . The convenors of the conference were Ms. Suraiya Banu Shanawaz , Dr. Panchali Mukherjee,Ms. Bovina Sunath.

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