The day 1 of KLF 2019 began with the session, Marathi Literature: A General Introduction, at the venue, Vakku where the festival director, K. Satchidanadan was in conversation with renowned poet and crtic, Mr Chandrakant Patil. Mr Patil opined about Marathi literature to be the language of progressive wrting where each century differently contributed to the progressive writing. When the 18th and the19th century documented the social order by merging poetry and philosophy, the 20th century witnessed novels of social documenting like that of Harinarayan Nande.
He further talked about the flourishment of short stories and how dalit society was brought to the forefront with the liberal ideologies of individualism during the last quarter of the 20th century. Mr Patil was quoted as saying that the Marathi literature has witnessed a series of changes and dalit literature has been showcased as an alternative stream of literature, where autobiography is increasingly used as a major tool. He amazingly traced the history of the 2000-year-old language and structured it into different segments. He talked about how writers of different centuries strategically propogated the revolts against inequalities.
Upon asked about his take on contemporary writers, Mr Patil had the opinion that the political awareness is low in the younger generation as they are more concerned about the cultural situation. He categorically stated that the successes of writers in the film industry is seen as a result of the promotion from the media and the oppotunities that the medium provides.