Saturday, 17 December 2016

On Dr. Premila Paul's Talk @ MCC

In Bangalore, yesterday, even as the preliminary preparations are happening in full swing for the fifth edition of the Bangalore Literary Festival,  a certain Professor of English approaches Dr. Premila Paul and says, ‘I saw your splendid and captivating introduction to Anita Nair’s oeuvre on YouTube the other day, but it seems to be no longer available up there. There are quite a lot of students here who are doing their research on Anita Nair and I thought it would be quite useful for them to get to know Anita and her oeuvre through your scholarly talk on the author’!, he adds.

Dr. Premila  Paul had us all in splits... 
Dr. Premila promising to oblige him, promptly makes a call to her colleague in The American College, Professor Ravi [my bestie], who in turn rings me up requesting me to put up the videos back on the YouTube-public-domain for the benefit of the larger literary community. And that’s how the YouTube Videos are back again on the public domain.

Well, Dr. Premila's talk had us all in splits all through. Her take on MCC and its myriad sagas of love, our Princi's connection with Madurai and a panoramic sweep of Anita Nair's oevre etc., were lively and peppy all the way!

Blogger Note: I had to take down the videos as we are making a docu-repertoire of all the recorded audio and video talks at MCC and making them into professionally-fixed full-fledged video documents. 

The process is quite cumbersome, taking much time, as they are many in number, and also because it involves mixing, subtitling, and a whole lot of nuances that are being done by one of our prodigious and illustrious alumnus Mr. Karthikeyan and his team. The mp3s & mp4s should be available in a month’s time, we guess! Till then, do be contended with these enlightening videos that you find to the right of the blog.

Happy viewing!

PS: Dr. Premila Paul will be with us in MCC in January 2017 for the T. G. Narayan Endowment Lecture Series. The exact date of the lecture will be announced later.
For those of ye, who are not much acquainted with Dr. Premila Paul, well, Dr. PP is an accomplished writer, Retired Professor of English, The American College, Madurai, and presently heading the world-renowned Study Centre for Indian Literature in English and Translation in Madurai, which has had the honour of hosting almost every Indian writer in English including Nissim Ezekiel and Kamala Das in the past to Lakshmi Kannan in the present - who was in SCILET a couple of months back.

Well, SCILET, India was founded by Dr. Paul Linder Love, who was Professor in English with the American College for more than four decades. The Hindu's tribute for this legend can be accessed HERE

May the SCILET tribe increase!

[Clicks by: Mr. Joshua Akhil Raj, II MA]

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