Marathi writers should engage with the effects of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation on the common man, said Uttam Kambale, writer, journalist and president of the 84th All-India Marathi Literary Festival, after inaugurating it on Saturday.
The three-day meet will go on till December 27 at Dadoji Konddeo Stadium in Thane.
Kambale also said he was speaking on behalf of all sections of Marathi society and all regions of the state, causing the audience in the Narayan Surve Hall of Dadoji Konddeo Stadium in Thane to burst into thunderous applause.
After the speech, the crowd headed to see street plays performed by school children and a book exhibition with nearly 250 stalls.
Suniti SR from the Shikshan Hakka Samnvay Samiti, an organisation committed to saving and promoting Marathi schools, was directing the street plays, which argued for a Marathi-medium education.
“The meet will talk about propagating Marathi literature but who will read this literature in future if Marathi schools are closed today?” she asked.
Children from Anand Niketan School from Nashik and GR Palkar School from Pune had come to perform.
Anuya Chavhan, a resident of Thane and a teacher in Kumud Vidya Mandir at Deonar was waiting for the session titled ‘What have you gained and Lost by not studying in the Marathi medium’ to start. “As a Marathi teacher and reader I am really excited about this session,” she said.
Vishnu Bhagulkar, a Vashi resident and an employee of the State Transport Mahamandal, was also enthusiastic about this session. “This meet will provide some direction for those worried about the problems facing Marathi,” said Bhagulkar.