Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Friday said the State was obliged to play a facilitating
role in developing and promoting the creative talents and
diverse cultural expressions of the country.
In his speech after presenting the Jnanpith award for the
year 2007 to eminent Malayalam poet ONV Kurup at a function
here, the Prime Minister said the promotion of literature in
Indian languages was an area where a lot more work was
"Appreciating Indian culture should involve the
understanding, acknowledgement and recognition of all the
different strands and hues of our composite cultural fabric,"
the Prime Minister said.
Singh said while educated Indians were quite familiar
with the works of famous writers of the West, they were much
less exposed to the works of outstanding litterateurs in
"Though in recent years, Indian writers in English had
earned a name for themselves both in the country and abroad,
the flowering of literary talent in other Indian languages
needs a larger platform and greater recognition," he said.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to promote
cross-translations of works in various Indian languages. "The
beautiful poems of ONV Kurup should be available in Bengali or
Marathi. Promotion of such cross-translations is an important
task that has been taken up by the Sahitya Akademi," he said.
He said the Akademi had been asked to step up their
efforts to propagate the richness of contemporary and
classical Indian literature.