Kalinga Literary Festival organizing annual Kandhamal Literary Festival on 26th November 2017 at Phulbani

Living Legends of Odia Literature to engage with emerging leaders of the region

Bhubaneswar:  Kalinga Literary FestivaL, Odisha Diary Foundation (ODF) in collaboration with Kandhamal Progressive Forum (KPF) is organizing Kandhamal Literary Festival on 26th November 2017 at Phulbani to discuss the interconnections between nature, culture and literature.

This is part of ODF’s flagship initiative Kalinga Literary Festival’s extension to reach out to different regions of the state. Kandhamal is famous for its natural beauty, indigenous culture and simplicity in social lifestyle and behaviour. These are pristine qualities for any thinker, philosopher, writers and poets.

Leading names including the legends and emerging writers and poets like Bibhuti Pattanaik, Jayant Mohapatra, Phani Mohanty, Haldhar Nag, Sadananda Tripathy, Paresh Patanaik, Chirashree Indrasingh, Hiranmayee Mishra, Bhima Prusty, Sucheta Mishra , Ajay Swain, Prajnashree Rath, Soorya Mishra, Bipin Nayak, Sucheta Mishra, Birendra Kumar Das, Swayam Prakash, Swapna Mishra, Gayatreebala Panda, Amiya Mohapatra, Kedar Mishra, Chandra Sekhar Hota, Mukul Mishra Pabitra Mohan Das, Dr Iswar Chandra Naik, Swagatika Swain, Saroj Bal, Pratiksha Jena and Badal Mohanty will join the Kandhamal Literary Festival.

“Kandhamal has many things to offer. It has been a silent inspiration for many. We want to explore the interconnections between Kandhamal with Odisha’s literary history and celebrate Kandhamal’s rich artistic and cultural heritage”, said Mr Barendra Kumar, the organizer and founder of the Kandhamal Literary Festival.

Poetry is a universal expression of human creativity. Kandhamal Literary Festival will see both young and seasoned poets at one platform. The effort is to popularize literature among the youth”, said Mr Debasish Samantray, co-founder and convener of the literary fest.

Rashmi Ranjan Parida, the founder and director Kalinga Literary Festival, expressed happiness on the overwhelming support for Kandhamal Literary Festival from people around Odisha and all parts of the country. He believes that Kandhamal Literary Festival will be a regular event on the literary calendar of the state. Kalinga Literary Festival co-founder  Prof Kamala Kanta Dash,   appreciated the effort put by the local team of volunteers led by youth leader Mr Barendra Kumar to make Kandhamal Literary Festival a reality.

This is part of our outreach to Odisha’s nook and corners for knowledge and inspiration, said Sitansu Mohapatra, founder trustee of Odisha Diary Foundation. Prachee Naik., founder of Kalinga Literary Festival and founder trustee of ODF, feels that Kandhamal with its culture and colour adds great value to Kalinga Literary Festival.


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