Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Lecture on “Print and Silence ” by Velcheru Narayana Rao, Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies, Emory University on Tuesday, 15th December, 2015 at 6.00 PM.
In his hour-long presentation Mr. Rao explained that silent reading is so common that we associate reading aloud with children and neo-literate adults. Print has produced a revolution in reading habits, enhanced by the development prose genres such as essays, short stories and novels. This has made silent reading so widespread that we now often regard it as the only mode of reading.
We clearly distinguish reading from singing, but not too long ago, texts in Indian languages were written in meter and read out loud, even when one was reading for oneself. While this was not singing, it was a certain way of articulation inseparable from the meaning of the text.
This lecture attempted to answer this question and in the process it explored the nature of Indian text and the concept of ‘author’ in Indian literary culture.
The actors Lekha Naidu & Nakul Bhalla read a few poems from the book A Poem at the Right Moment: remembered verses from premodern south India (Collected and translated by Velcheru Narayana Rao and Da-vid Schulman).
The event was well attended. The Q & A session was interesting and informative.