Kathmandu: Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu Ends With A Literary And Cultural Extravaganza All The Way. Curtains finally came down on the first edition of Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu on Sunday with engrossing sessions by literary stalwarts and media personalities, captivating performances by artists, multi-lingual poetry recitals, book launch and discussions and much more. The festival made a humble attempt to deliberate on “India & Nepal: Journey of Civilizations and Search for the Soul”, which was also the theme of the festival this year.
Titles “Women Spiritual Masters: Why they matter”, “Publishing in Digital Era: New Possibilities New Challenges”, “Importance and necessity of regionalism in writing”, “Revisiting Nepal in Indian Mystic Traditions”, “Women’s Writing: Challenges and Future”, “The Role of Media for strengthening Indo-Nepal Relationship”, “Spiritualism, Culture, Literature: The connecting points of Nepal and India”, “Society, Literature and Cinema”, “Present Situation of Nepali Critics” and “Indo-Nepal Art Traditions- Historical Reminiscence of Painting, Stone Art, Heritage, contemporary art” were discussed from different dimensions by personalities associated with this field.
The ardent writers of Bhojpuri literature, who participated in the session entitled Current Status of Nepali Bhojpuri Language and Literature, shed light on the importance of promotion of Bhojpuri language and Bhojpuri literature.
Former Ambassador of Nepal to Denmark Vijaykant Karna had a very interesting conversation with former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae. The two former diplomats had a detailed discussion on the relationship between Nepal and India as well as current events and developments in the contemporary world. In response to a question asked by former ambassador Karn, ex-ambassador Rae said that he got to see Nepal and Nepalese closely in his professional life and also informed about the electricity trade between Nepal and India, inter-relationship between youth and Nepal-China relationship. Also, Rae discussed India’s attitude towards Nepal in the book Janayuddha and the border states and trade expansion of Nepal. Similarly, Vyomesh Shukla’s conversation with writer Ashok Vajpayee discussed various aspects of literature.
The main highlight of the day was the performance of a drama called ‘Ram Ki Shaktipuja’ by Vyomesh Shukla who came from India. Besides, the poetry reading session with famous poet Vasant Chaudhary was also very interesting. At the end of the festival, Ranjana Niraula, Director of Kalinga Literature Festival, Kathmandu, expressed her heartfelt thanks on behalf of the organizers. Promising to continue this festival, Niraula expressed her happiness that this first international edition of the Kaling Literature Festival was completed with grandeur and informed that the Kaling Literature Festival will be held in Nepal on September 1, 2 and 3, 2023 next year. Some 350 literatures and art lovers from Nepal and India were present in 40 sessions of the festival that ended today.