A Sunday with Sudha Murty
Just a quick review for those of you who couldn’t make it to our little tête–à-tête with Mrs. Sudha Murty this Sunday evening, 29th August. Mrs. Murty spoke to a packed house of interested readers, eminent playwright Girish Karnad included, on topics as varied as regional literature and cinema, the challenges of writing for children, her influences as an author, and how the Bengalis are unique amongst Indians in still appreciating a beautiful volume of poetry as a wedding present.
Its not often you find someone able to write for the very young, the very old and everyone in between, in both English and Kannada (her books have been translated into scores of other languages as well) – the sheer mechanics of switching back and forth between her language of technical proficiency and her native tongue, in which she best expresses emotions, was enough to captivate the audience. How does she find imagination enough to create convincing characters and situations? “When I was young, we had to imagine things for ourselves. If I read the Bhagavad Gita, I had to create my own image of Krishna, which changed from when I was a five year old, a ten year old or an eighteen year old, and that helps to broaden the mind.” The moral of the story? Don’t satiate any mind, infant or adult, with quick-fix entertainment. Let it grow, says Mrs. Murty. I think we can all agree that’s advice we should follow.