4th Mystic Kalinga Festival 2020 Kicks Off: Padma Bhushan awardee Manoj Das receives Mystic Kalinga Literary Award 2020

First Day of the event witnessed 7 sessions as well as a parallel open mic session

Event Highlights

 Soul touching Sufi music enthrall audience on the inaugural day of Mystic Kalinga Festival
 In the process of translating ‘Sabitri’ poem by Aurobindo : Manoj Das
 Over 40 artists performed folk song,folk music, poetry recitation in a parallel session called Mystic Mic

Bhubaneswar: In the fourth edition of the two-day long Mystic Kalinga Festival (MKF), Manoj Das , who was recently conferred with Padma Bhushan Award for his outstanding contribution to English and Odia literature, received Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards-Indian and Global Languages.

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh along with a khadi shawl and certificate for the laureate. Mystic Kalinga Literary Award has been instituted to recognize and celebrate prolific and inspiring writers, poets and performers.

Mr Das also presented a talk on “Divine Madness: Knowledge, Ecstasy, and Transformation”, the central theme for the fourth edition of the Mystic Kalinga festival.

He discussed various traits and aspects of Mysticism and through tales and citing historical events of Joan of Arc mentioned in French history, explained that Mysticism is not always linked to religion.

During his speech he mentioned that he is in the process of translating ‘Savitri’, the epic poem written by freedom fighter and spiritual guru Aurobindo Ghosh into Odia.

Presenting the award, Mystic Kalinga Festival Founder and President Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida said,” Manoj das is an inspiration to not only budding writers, but also his contemporaries. Hope his contribution will influence future writers.

On the first day ,acclaimed poets, translators and scholars – including Ramakant Rath, Sitakant Mohapatra, Prativa Ray , Mukund Rao, Purusottam Agarwal, H.S Shivprakash , Pradipta Kumar Panda, Rajkishore Mishra, Tamsarani Das Mohapatra, Nianjan Sahu, Kedar Mishra, Bishnu Mohapatra, Avik Chandra , Sairah Shah Halim , read and discussed the extraordinary verse of some of the greatest mystic poets of this subcontinent.

Mystic Mic, Mystic India

From this year, Mystic Kalinga Festival has introduced Mystic Mic. Mystic Mic is for standup performers especially designed to celebrate the innocence and beauty of Rural India and its Mystic connection with nature, life, music, dance, and songs.

On the first day over 40 artists took part in the Mystic Mic event and performed classical songs, played folk instruments , read own poems in the parallel session. There was a painting inauguration of Neelchakra or Blue Disc of Jagannath Temple.