There is need to create mental ambience: Prof. Viveka Rai
Renowned Kannada and Tulu scholar Prof. B A Viveka Rai has said that there is a need today to create mental ambience in a world where mind is being constantly fed with anxiety, fear and animosity.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Decennial year of Community Radio Sarang at the town hall here on Sunday.
Prof. Rai said: “The world today is full of ogre type of people who constantly scream and affect the mind. There is very little patience among people today to listen. Everyone is eager to talk. In the bargain, there seems to be a dearth of good listeners. A medium such as a community radio like Radio Sarang is helping create such an environment of good listeners giving something refreshing to the mind.”
Speaking on the occasion, provincial of Karnataka Jesuit Province, Dr (Fr) Stanislaus D’Souza said that it was a great joy to see that Radio Sarang serves the needs of the subaltern communities of Dakshina Kannada district – particularly places in and around Mangalore. “Most of the listeners are from marginal sections of society. In fact, a sizeable audience of this station are handicapped, many of them blind and some even bedridden. This decennial is not just of Radio Sarang, it is a celebration of all its listeners,” he added.
As part of the Decennial celebrations, two physically handicapped listeners of Radio Sarang – Prakash Mangalpady and Abu Bakkar – were gifted modified two-wheelers. Responding to the gift Mr Mangalpady said that it was a very kind gesture from Radio Sarang, a community radio station that went beyond merely broadcasting programmes.
Twelve deserving people were also given sewing machines at the function and giant umbrellas were given to street vendors. An audio CD of talks on Tulu folklore called ‘genada nade’ by Tulu scholar Dr Ganesh Amin Sankamar was also released at the function.
Rector of St Aloysius Institutions Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ and director of Radio Sarang Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ were present.