Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Venkat Saminathan : Book Release Function Invitation

The above Invite is for a function on the eve of the release of a Book entitled VENKAT SAMINATHAN : DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS. It is a festschrift by various scholars, critics and friends from India, Sri Lanka and North America on the multifarious works of one of the most fierce and very important literary, art and cultural critic of modern Tamil society, Venkat Saminathan, spanning over five decades. Currently living in Bangalore, the 78-year old Venkat Saminathan, is a legendary persona of uncompromising principles and an ethical vitality that has become so rare during these testing contemporary times. It has taken more than two long years to co-ordinate and compile, to add and delete, to select and edit the writers and their writings. The idea to bring out an honourary volume on Venkat Saminathan emerged during one of those lovely Scotch-inspired moments, on a starry night in JNU's Brahmaputra Hostel room of Shanaa, the wonderful artist friend from Yaazhpanam in Sri Lanka. It could finally be materialised only out of the sustained perseverance of Dilip Kumar, the writer from Chennai and Ahilan, the poet from Yaazhpanam, Sri Lanka. The hardbound tome priced at Rs.300/- which is around 500 pages, is being published by Sandhya Publications in Chennai.


Editors : Pa.Ahilan, Dilip Kumar & SathyaMoorthy

Venue : Devaneya Paavaanar Library, Anna Salai, Chennai

Date : 30.04.2011, Saturday, 5.30 pm

The Book will be Released by senior Writer : K.A. Satchidantham

The Book will be Received by senior Translator : K.S.Subramanian

Welcome Address : P.S.Ananthan

Special Address :

Naanjil Naadan
'Veli' Rangarajan
Jeya Mohan
Thilaga Bhama
Aravindan Neelakantan
Venkat Saminathan

Compere : Chitra

Vote of Thanks : Soundara Rajan

All Are Welcome!


  1. WOW! Congratulations!

  2. What is it Sathya? How can you torture those who can't read Tamil/Malayalam/whatever it is?

  3. I completely agree with Pankaj.
    How can you unleash a linguistic violence on the rest of us by publishing a post without any translation?
    This is highly unfair and unjust.
    Just translate it please!

  4. Happy surprise.
    My hearty Congratulations!
    Eager to read all the essays in this book on the life and works of Mr.Venkat Swaminathan.
    Hats off to u all!

  5. My Hearty Congratulations to you Sathya and your other friends who are behind this effort. I wish the venture great success.

    Now that you have translated the invite, please do another favour. Pl. send return air tickets also. And do not forget to book a good hotel. OK!

    Thanking u in advance.

  6. Since Pankaj will need some help in translating the proceedings and since you will be busy with the function, you can send return air tickets for me too! And a decent hotel will do for me.

  7. Dear Anna,
    Our Heartiest Congratulations!!!!! :) Mohan