DUBAI: A literary workshop on contemporary Malayalam literature and the phenomenon of reading was held by OCYM Dubai unit on Friday, April 23, 2010.
T. Padmanabhan, renowned short story writer was the guest of honor for the workshop. Fr. Biju. P. Thomas, the vicar of St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai presided over the function.
Fr. Biju. P. Thomas made the presidential address in which he rightly pointed out that it is the ability to think, read and write that distinguishes human beings from other animals.
In his typical forthright manner, T. Padmanabhan spoke fondly of his longstanding relationship with the Orthodox Church and recounted an encounter that he believed he had with Jesus.
T. Padmanabhan, master of the short story genre is the winner of the Sahitya Academy, Ezhuthachen and Odakuzhal awards. Even after a literary career spanning over six decades, his boundless enthusiasm for getting others to develop an interest in literature was exemplified by his exhortation to work on developing the church library.
P.K. Parakkadavu, also a Sahitya Academy award winner is reputed to be the author with the largest number of malayalam ‘short’ and ‘mini’ stories to his credit was another leader at the workshop, His works are acclaimed as ‘Stories born of poetry’ and ‘Poetry born of stories’. He enthralled his listeners with his take on the effectiveness of short story as a medium of expression. His interest not being restricted to Malayalam literature alone, he is currently working on a translation of a collection of Palestinian and Afro-Asian poems.
T.N. Prakash, who effectively juggles his dual roles as an author and a DEO with the department of schools was the third author who participated in this workshop.
Assistant vicar of Dubai parish, Fr. Pathrose Joy, parish secretary Marydasan Thomas, Rajan Panicker IAAS were other dignitaries onstage who spoke at the memorable function. Fr. Pathrose Joy honoured T. Padmanabhan for his outstanding achievements with a ponnada.
John P George, the vice-president of the unit welcomed the gathering. and Manoj Thomas, the unit secretary proposed vote of thanks.
literary workshop was conducted under the aegis of the Dubai St.Thomas Orthodox Christian Youth Movement allied to St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai, to mark World Book Day.