Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards to three eminent writers ArundhathiSubramaniam, NabneetaDevSen, Soubhagya Kumar Mishra

Mystic Kalinga, an international festival of poetry and performances will be held in Bhubaneswar during De-cember 22-23, 2017. World renowned mystic and yogi Sadhguru will inaugurate the Mystic Kalinga.Central Theme of Mystic Kalinga is Transcending Boundaries. Central theme of Mystic Kalinga is derived from the Odia word “Aseema” which in English refers to Transcending Boundaries. Aseema (also written as Asima), is also used in Sanskrit and Hindi. In OdiaAsima, (ଅସୀମ), means having no boundaries. Translated into English it refers to limitlessness, indefinite, boundless, universal and unlimited.

Mystic Kalinga, an international festival of poetry and performances, returns to the smart city. During the two days this week, 22-23 December 2017, Bhubaneswar will see hundreds of renowned poets and creative artists reciting and performing at the event. Renowned Spiritual Master Sadhguru will inaugurate the event and several SahityaAkademi and Padma Awardees will be joining to discuss how literature transcends boundaries.

Speaking at the Press Meet, Mystic Kalinga, Founder and President Mr. RashmiRanjanParida highlighted the need to focus on literature especially on poetry and performances. He expressed happiness on the huge positive response fron the nook and corners of the world to Mystic Kalinga. Recently the team Kalinga Literary Festival has expanded its outreach to Kandhamal and has plans to take Mystic Kalinga to different regions of Odisha, India and South East Asia.
Mystic Kalinga is an emerging platform of poets and performers designed to promote young mind’s participa-tion in art, culture and creative dialogue with the past, present and future.
Sadhguru will join Mystic Kalinga as the Chief Guest and the Key Note Speaker. He will speak on his book and reflect upon his literary and spiritual journey. Leading poet, writer and co-author with Sadhguru, Ms. Arundhathi Subramaniam will discuss with Sadhguru on his new book Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga. It should be noted that Sadhguru is a ‘realized yogi, mystic and visionary’, a globally revered spiritual leader, who has re-cently launched Rally for Rivers, a much appreciated nation-wide public awareness campaign and movement to restore and revitalize the Indian rivers. There will be multi-lingual poetry sessions in Odia, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English. Local folk artists will also have a performance during the festival.
Announcing the festival, Mystic Kalinga – Director and Founder, Mr. RashmiRanjanParida said, “Literature has the potential to connect a divided society and it can transform self-centeredness to world-centeredness. Kalinga Literature Festival was launched in 2014 to celebrate this potential of literature. Mystic Kalinga, an international festival of poetry and performances, emerged out of the need to connect to people’s hearts through poems, songs, dances and meditations”.
Leading figures in the Indian literary life likeAmareshPatnaik, ArunaMohanty , ArundhathiSubramaniam, Ashok Vajpayee, AsitMohanty, AsutoshParida, BaladevMaharatha, Cecilia G. Artates, DrBijayRath , DrSubasPani, Dr. MrinalChatterjee, Durga Panda, PhaniMohanty, GayatriBala Panda, Hariar Mishra, Jacob Isaac, JayantaKripalani, JayantaMohapatra, Jing Reyna-Jorge, Jitendra Mishra, HasanKazmi, Kedar Mishra,KekiDaruwala, Kooky Tuason, Marty TengcoNoriko Mizusaki, ParamitaSatpathy, Pranesh Prasad, Pratibha Ray, Pratibha Satpathy, R.K. Dash, RamakantaRath, RuchitaKazaria, Saira Shah Halim,SatyarthNayak, ShakeelAzmi,SitakantaMohapatra, Soubhagya Kumar Mishra, Sri JibanPattnai , ShakeelAzmi, SujitMohapatra, Surya Mishra, VikramNayak, VinodDua, Mamata Dash, NaseemNikhat, PravasiniMahakuda, Sridev, Surya Mishra, SenapatiPradymnaKeshari,PrahalladSatapathy, Ajay Pradhan, Sucheta Mishra, RunuMohanty, Durga Prasad Panda, Pabitra Mohan Dash, Bharat Majhi, Kedar Mishra, SarojBal, K ShyambabuDora,BadalMohanty, Shakti Mohanty, GayatriBala Pandaand others will grace the occasion.

Mystic Kalinga Literary Awardhas been instituted to recognize and celebrate three prolific writers, poets and performers in Odia, in one Indian language and in one international language. The awardees have been chosen keeping in mind their contribution to their specific language and genres.

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award, 2017
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award in an International Language: English- ArundhathiSubramaniam
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award in an Indian Language: Bengali-NabneetaDevSen,
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award in Odia: Soubhagya Kumar Mishra
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (Special citation): Jacob Isaac

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