The Inter University Literary Festival, ‘Sahithi’, organized, annually, was held on 21st,22nd, and 23rd February. The ‘Sahithi, 2016’ was inaugurated by Smt. Sara Joseph. Fifty writers participated. Sri. Charu Niveditha, the writer from Tamilnadu, and the famed artist Sri. Bose Krishnamachari, were present on the occasion. More than 500 representatives from different universities of Kerala, partook in the Sahithi deliberations.The session on ‘Creation and the Creator’ was represented by Sri. Charu Niveditha, Dr.Sulochana Nalappad, Sri. V.J.James, Smt. K.P.Sudheera, Dr. N.Rajan, Dr. Vinu Abraham, Sri Pramod Raman, Sri. Susmesh Chandroth, Sri. Vaisakhan, Sri. Shatrughnan, Sri. Mundoor Sethumadhavan, Sri. Payipra Radhakrishnan, Sri. M. Rajiv Kumar, Sri. P. V. Shaji Kumar,Sri. Arshad Bathery, and Sri. Satheesh Babu Payyannur.
‘Talk of the Language’ was a debate represented by Sri. K.P.Ramanunni, Dr. M. Sreenathan,Prof. V.P.Marcos, and Sri. P.Suresh.Sri. Asokan Charuvil and Dr. Valsalan Vathusseri led the debate entitled ‘Talk of the Story’.The debate namely ‘Talk of the Novel’ was led by a team of writers viz. Dr. K.S.Ravikumar,Sri. M.K.Harikumar, and Sri. Renu Kumar.Sri. Raghuthaman, Sri. Civic Chandran, Sri. Sreejith Ramanan, Sri. M.G.Jyothish, and Sri.A. Santhakumar took Part in the debate on ‘Talk of the Drama’.
The debates on ‘Different Meanings of Gender Equality’ was headed by the team comprising of personalities like Smt. Bhagyalakshmi, Smt. Rosemary, Prof. Muse Mary,Smt. Sheeba Amir, and Dr. T. Anithakumari.In the concluding ceremony held on 23rd February, Smt. K.R.Meera was the Chief guest.Artist Nambudiri was honored on the occasion.
Students who won prizes in the ‘Sahithi’ literature festival. Best Poem: First Prize: Kumari Adila Kabir (St. Joseph’s College, Alappuzha). Second Prize: Kumari K. Dhanya (Malayalam University) Best story: First Prize: Sri. N. Naufal (University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus) Second Prize: Akhil P. David (Malayalam University) Special Mention: Kumari Raveena Ravindran (Malabar Medical College)
An Inter University Quiz Competition was organized along with ‘Sahithi’. Sixteen teams comprising two each participated in the first round. Among them, the five teams which reached the first positions, were chosen to compete in the final round.
First prize: Mahatma Gandhi University Second prize: Kerala University Third prize: Sri. Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kalady.
The book festival held in association with the Inter University Festival of Literature ‘Sahithi 2016’, turned out to be of great significance. Books from various genres, such as classics, puranas, fields of knowledge, and modern creative literature found place in the exhibition. Kerala Sahitya Academy stepped in with publications released in the past two years. The articles by Akkitham published in three volumes as Shithi, Samskrithi, Smrithi, selected works of M.K.Sanu, 11 books on M. T., prepared by Haritham Books, drew special attention in the festival. Publishers of repute, like D.C.Books, State Institute of Languages, Kerala Sahitya Academy, Mathrubhumi Books, Green Books, Prabhat Book House, T.B.S. Book House, Calicut Book distributors etc, tool part in the exhibition. A discount of 35% in general and special concession for libraries, were allowed.