Dalit wave sweeping Telugu literature

BANGALORE: It's not only wrong for us to live, it's wrong if we die too... We give our hearts for you to rip open, our blood for you to transfuse, our dead bodies for your studies, but we not only live with pain. We have pain after death too.

They were lines of translated Telugu poem, straight from the heart of a feminist poet.

Two writers -- Kannada short-story writer and poet Mahabala Murthy Kodlekere and Telugu poet of the Digambara movement in Telugu literature Nikhileshwar shared their thoughts on the trends and influences in Telugu literature at the Sahitya Akademi on Wednesday.

The impact of globalisation is great. It has manifested itself in all forms of life. We cannot ignore it. This was the thought of most writers present. "It is a reality that is affecting poetry. But we should harness it and face it as a challenge," said Nikhileshwar, whose writing is known for its forcefulness.

"Unlike in other languages, revolutionary poetry makes its presence felt largely in Telugu literature. It has been influenced by Marxist and Communist ideas," said one of the poets present. Explaining the trends in modern Telugu literature, the writers said that after the Digambara movement in the 70s, the Vachana literature and feminism of 80s, Muslim minority writers made a mark too. Dalit writing has emerged now, said the writers. Globalisation has made its impact in a big way.

Another writer Kondepudi Nirmala spoke about how feminist writers moved people with their writing, from the 80s when it first began in Telugu.

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Published on: May 21, 2001
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