Every year, Tan Sri K.R. Soma Language & Literary Foundation has been conducting Tamil literature competitions presented by National Land Finance Cooperative Society(NLFCS). The organization has a longstanding tradition of compiling the literary works of its winners every five years into a comprehensive book. This book, a literary anthology of sorts, includes all the award-winning poems, short stories, and essays. They conducted their 31st prize giving ceremony on 19th October 2023.
In a significant development this year, the society has achieved a notable milestone by attempting to embrace digital technology and introducing an online publication of this literary compilation, said Dato Sagathevan, the chairman of the National Land Finance Cooperative Society.
This means that the general public now will have convenient access to a digital version of the book, allowing them to read, appreciate, and enjoy the outstanding literary pieces that have received recognition. This step forward represents a modernization of the society’s publishing practices, making the literary works more widely available to a global audience through the convenience of digital media.
Furthermore, this initiative is expected to stimulate greater participation in the competition. Contestants stand to gain not only accolades but also the chance to see their submissions showcased in the pages of the published books, thereby receiving due recognition for their literary achievements.
What’s more, the digital accessibility offered through online publications ensures that these remarkable works can transcend geographical boundaries, reaching a broader international audience. This dual approach of print and online publication will serve to amplify the impact of the competition, fostering a more inclusive and globally accessible platform for literary talent to flourish.
Furthermore, the prize-giving ceremony was honored by a distinguished speech in literature delivered by the nation’s pioneering journalist, Mr. Vivekananthan. His eloquent address stood out as a prominent highlight of the event, captivating the entire audience. Attendees not only enjoyed the speech but also gained valuable insights and knowledge during this enlightening session.
There were five categories in the competition such as poems, essays and short story writing. Many participants took part in the event to show their interest and showcase their talent in Tamil language. I have been participating in poem competition for the past two years. Last year, I got consolation prize and this year I won first prize in the competition. These kind of competitions enhances our Tamil reading and writing skills shared secondary school Tamil teacher Mr Kumar Thurairaju.
Furthermore, we could learn new Tamil vocabularies. It would be and additional knowledge for us, said Deepika Lakskmi, a student from Methodist Secondary school.
These initiative will cultivate the interest among the young generation to learn the Tamil language and showcase their talent. It would embrace our language as well. Best wishes to the winners!