Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has launched ‘KLF Bhava Samvad’, an online dialog platform to bring poets, writers, thinkers, philosophers, public intellectuals, spiritual masters, researchers, performers, and common citizens to reflect upon the lives and emotions around us during this lockdown and beyond. KLF Bhava Sambad will be held every week in online platform of Kalinga Literary Festival. During Lokdown period ‘KLF Bhava Samvad will be held twice in every weekend days.
The inaugural webinar session focused on ‘Poetic Reflections In Challenging Times’. Literary figures Jayshree Misra Tripathi, Meeta Sengupta, Sukrita Paul Kumar, Satya Mohanty, A.J Thomas, and Barnali Ray Shukla graced the panel.
COVID-19 has affected everyone everywhere. When people have been homebound, quarantined, the mother earth seems to have regenerated. Amid the session A.J Thomas spoke about how Olive Ridley turtles are hatching eggs on the sandbeds of Puri and Chandrabhaga beaches. While few months ago, they were laying dead. Rashmi Ranjan Parida, the founder of KLF felt an urgent need to make sense of human emotions in these difficult times. He argues that ‘in these contradictions and cobwebs of events, poets have made the inward journey, as usual, easy for them, the story writers see characters on every page of the newspapers, hence the need to connect with creative people.’ Mr. Parida also said KLF Bhava Sambad will be held every week in online platform of Kalinga Literary Festival.
No period in the recent history of the last 50 years has challenged our way of living the way COVID-19 or the Novel Coronavirus has done.
Kamala Kanta Dash, one of the board members of the team says,”As we know that literature always reflects society and sometimes guides as well, we at KLF are going to connect with people around the world know how literature has captured this and how successful has it been in reflecting the contemporary and ongoing reality of life.”
About Kalinga Literary Festival
Odisha Diary Foundation (ODF), Rythm Festival Pvt Ltd and Odisha Media info Service (OMIS) Private Ltd are organizing annual Kalinga Literary Festival and Mystic Kalinga Festival (KLF) every year to celebrate this creative spirit of Bhubaneswar and commemorate the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside of Odisha and India. Academics, authors, political and social activists, law makers, government officials, corporate leaders, students and people from all walks of life immerse in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival and exchange opinions on their favourite authors and works.
Mystic Kalinga Festival has emerged as an Annual Flagship event in the cultural calendar of India and our focus is to rekindle the romance with literature and foster reading and writing habits, especially among the youth. It offers a national platform with a global appeal and bridges the gap between literature in English and other Indian regional languages.