BANGALORE: Modern writers should adopt a traditional style of storytelling instead of the Western style to reinforce their world views and show sincerity in writing, Malayalam writer C Radhakrishnan said on Tuesday.
At a workshop on ‘Southern Languages Short Stories: Trends organised by Sahitya Akademy’, Radhakrishnan said, “At some point, we change from traditional to Western storytelling. But to what extent is this paying dividends? It is only in traditional storytelling forms that a writer’s sincerity assumes importance. Kalidasa and Shakespeare were convinced of what they were saying.”
Radhakrishnan, who is also the convener of the Malayalam Advisory Board of the Sahitya Akademi, said any story is nothing but a lie.
Calling the epic Mahabharatha an ‘unbelievable’ story, he said: “All the characters in Mahabharatha are born in a way that is different from normal. There is a Gangaputra (born to the river Ganga), Kauravas are cloned, Pandavas are products of nature and Panchali is born out of fire. But this story creates an atmosphere that give us cultural existence and the writer shows how we can face difficult situations in life.” Jnanpith awardee and Sahitya Akademi vice-president Chandrasekhara Kambar said the concept of short stories was introduced by the British in India.