Panel discussions delight audiences at Mysuru Literature Festival
Star cricketer K. Srikkanth known for delighting the crowd with his electrifying shots on the pitch, wowed the audience with his witty speech and experience of life on a different ground at Mysuru Literature Festival, here on Sunday.
The second and final day of the festival – hosted by the Mysuru Literary Forum Charitable Trust – hosted a packed gallery listening to Srikkanth who touched on various aspects of life but linked him to cricket in general and winning from India to the World Cup in 1983, in particular.
The theme of his speech was ”Life lessons from winning the 1983 World Cup” and the essence of Srikkanth’s message was that if there was no passion associated with self-confidence, one can achieve nothing in life and drew examples from winning the 1983 World Cup.
Srikkanth recalled that people were talking about an England-West Indies final and India was nowhere in the calculation. “Even for many members of the Indian team, London was just a brief stopover for a game of cricket before flying to the United States for a holiday,” Mr Srikkanth said, noting that c That was the kind of mindset at that time. .
But it was Kapil Dev who had other plans and energized the team with his passion coupled with self-confidence when he said India could beat West Indies and put in an outstanding performance, Mr. Srikkanth.
The former opening batsman and skipper was candid enough to admit that even among his team-mates many dismissed Kapil Dev’s views as India had won just one game in the previous two World Cups.
But, it’s to Kapil Dev’s credit that he was able to change the mindset of teammates and he showed his passion with an unbeaten 175 shot against Zimbabwe as India were shocked at 17 for 5, recalled Srikkanth.
In the final, the Indian team’s energy skyrocketed when Kapil Dev pulled off a spectacular hold to knock out Vivian Richards in the final, which marked a turning point and the rest is history, Srikkanth recalled. It also brought about a change of attitude and belief among compatriots that “India could do it”, he added, pointing out that Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar exemplify this passion in modern times.
Citing his experience in cricket, Srikkanth said that just as changing playing conditions require a player to adapt, one must adapt to different life situations and said MS Dhoni best exemplifies such quality on the ground.
During the ‘Towards Harmony with Nature’ session, wildlife biologist Dr. Sanjay Gubbi and conservationist Pamela Gale Malhotra had a conversation with primatologist Dr. Mewa Singh.
He said wildlife was under threat due to anthropogenic pressure and that India, which was only 4-5% of the land mass, accounted for almost 15% of the world’s biodiversity. Conservation has also focused on the books ‘From the Heart of Nature’ by Ms. Malhotra and Leopard Diaries by Mr. Gubbi.
Recalling her conservation work, Ms Malhotra said an abandoned estate has been reclaimed by nature and flagship and iconic species ranging from tigers and leopards to elephants have taken refuge there.
Mr Gubbi said that apart from passion and determination, it takes a long-term understanding of society and the system to work in wildlife conservation. In the case of Mysuru, he said that Chamundi Hills was a biodiversity hotspot which was home not only to leopards but other rare and smaller species and the people of Mysuru should exert their efforts to conserve the ecosystem.
There were a bunch of other authors and panel discussions in the two-day festival that ended late in the evening.