The Centre for Comparative Literature organized a two-day National Conference during 24-25 January,2024 at Zakir Hussain Lecture Hall Complex on Indian Subaltern Aesthetic: Comparative Readings. The objective of the conference was to explore issues relating to social and cultural subalternity of India. The concept of subalternity, its perspectives, forms being literalized in different genres produced in post-colonial societies, has been taken up as a theme for discussion. Contesting the phrase, ‘the subaltern’ the scholars, after being convinced with the term aesthetics, tried to redefine it as counter narrative or voice, which became an interesting debate through sessions of the conference.
Prof. B.J. Rao was invited as the Chief Guest at the inaugural programme of the national conference. In his address, Prof. Rao stressed the need for equal opportunities to be created for all social segments. He felt that every community has its contribution to the development of the country. He launched a book titled Untouchables among Dalits authored by Prof. J.Bheemaiah, the convener of the conference. In his inaugural address Prof. Subbachay Pulikonda, appreciated the author’s vibrant efforts in bringing out such a seminal book as an outcome of his research on the underprivileged sections of the Indian society. The book launch also includes Dr. A.S Dasan, formerly professor, Department of English, University of Mysore, who deliver a key-note address at the conference. Dr. M. Sridhar, formerly Professor, Department of English, University of Hyderabad, chaired the inaugural programme.