Pune: For the first time in India, 84th PEN International Congress will be hosted under flagship of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) along with PEN South India in city. It will be held from September 25 to 29.
The university will collaborate as the ‘intellectual partner’ with PEN International Congress, announced Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor of SPPU in the presence of the Chief of PEN Congress, Ganesh Devy, Director of International Centre in SPPU, Vijay Khare and other prominent personalities associated with the event, at his office here on Thursday.
Devy said that for the first time India has got the opportunity to host such a literature event in which around 80 countries and 160 representatives (two from each country) will participate from across the world. Whereas, 400 participants of various backgrounds from novelists to poets in India will be present for the summit.
“Earlier, Rabindranath Tagore had tried to conduct the PEN Congress in India, however, then India was dealing with World War II. Later, post Independence, India was tackling various primary issues due to which it could not have an infrastructure to host an event of this magnitude. Nevertheless, now, we have got the opportunity,” said Devy.
Truth, freedom and diversity are the three thematic axes for PEN Congress-2018, as it will be held in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The PEN Congress will consist of archives of different literature works like books, novels, poems, scripts etc in 6,000 different languages across the world. As a part of events, tribute to Mahatma will be given at Aga Khan Palace. The main speakers will include Ngugi wa Thionga, Ashok Vajpeyi, Gulam Mohammed Shiekh and many more.
“Padmagandha, a publication which will be provided to attendees which will have a collection of literary work in several languages other than English. Also, some 100 books will be selected from India which will be translated into different foreign languages. We will also try to bridge the language gap and try to translate debates held by international and Indian members for better understanding,” said Devy.
Among the several parallel events, a few events will be held on September 27 and 28 at the varsity. “We will live telecast these events at all affiliated colleges.
Meanwhile, we will also try to take groups of 15 participants to some 25 colleges wherein students can directly interact with international and national writers, novelists and poets,” said Karmalkar.
Also, a procession of different Indian languages like Wari will be followed in the city called ‘Bhashadindi’. “Indian literature is known for vocals and oral forms of literature. Therefore, the procession will have placards of different languages in the country and people will recite poems and proses from their literature,” said Sandesh Bhandare, who will direct the Bhashadindi and art exhibition.
World Language Park in SPPU
- As a contribution to the university, Ganesh Devy has promised to build a ‘Bhasha Van’ (World Language Park) in the campus of International Centre of SPPU. This park will have a collection of various literary work across the world. The work for which will start on September 28 and is likely to be completed on January 30, 2019, which is also the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.