December 14, 2017 08:44 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

“Humour and Satire differ in the purpose they fulfill. While humour can be for amusement and entertainment, satire has a deeper purpose of leaving a lasting impact on the receiver and generating compassion” said Dr. Harish Naval as he spoke on the subject of ‘Satire Writing’ during the workshop on Satire Writing at Department of Hindi, Panjab University. The two day workshop began today with Dr. Harish Naval as the chief guest and resource person.

 Dr. Naval who has 41 years of teaching experience, over 16 books and several awards to his acclaim today spoke at length about ‘Satire’ as a form of writing and the purposes it needs to fulfill. He specifically explained the difference between the two forms of ‘humour’ and ‘satire’ as one often ends up confusing the two. Dr Naval explained that ‘Satire’ is not merely for entertainment or amusement and when used effectively it can help in expressing emotions of anger, protest and the need to bring about a change. “ Satire needs to be attempted in a way where it can bring sensitivity towards the event or subject on which it is attempted” he explained. The sessions became more lively as he interweaved them with anecdotes and experiences of his meetings with Satire writers.

The session was followed by an enlightening session on “ The Tradition of Satire Writing’ which was delivered by the research scholar Taravati. The first day of the workshop brought an opportunity for the participants to understand the purpose and form of Satire Writing. The workshop was also attended by Poet and artist Dr. Sneh Sudha Naval, Professor Baijnath Prasad ( Dept. of Hindi), Professor Satyapal Sehgal ( Dept. of Hindi) , Dr. Ashok Kumar ( Dept of Hindi) and Dr. Rajesh Sabharwal ( Dept. of English). The first day of the workshop concluded with vote of thanks presented by Dr. Gurmeet Singh, Chairperson, Department of Hindi.

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