Kalinga Literary Festival: Speakers to focus on the Role of Literature in Peace and Harmony

Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will grace the festival as the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Union Minister of State HRD, Shri Mahendranath Pandey will join as the chief key Note Speaker.

“Literature for Peace and Harmony” is the central theme for 2017

Over 200 international and national speakers to join the Largest Monsson Literary Festival.

30 leading district level Odia Writers will be felicitated

Creative Attractions: Kalinga Art Festival and Mystic Kalinga

Mystic Kalinga, dedicated poetry session, at Chilika


Bhubaneswar:  Fourth Kalinga Literary Festival is here. Around 200 celebrities from the worlds of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the theme of ‘Literature for Peace and Harmony’, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from 10th-12th June, 2017.


Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has emerged as one of the leading literary platforms in India and number one in the Eastern part of India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs. Bigger than ever before, the fourth edition of the festival will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed names on one platform to discuss, debate and explore commonalities in the diverse voices in literature, peace and harmony.


This year’s festival will be inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Shri Dharmendra PradhanHon’ble Union HRD Minister of State Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey will be guest of honour and Chief Key note speaker. Other speakers in the inaugural session include Guest of Honour, Eminent writer and poet Dr. Kedarnath Singh as a key note speaker and renowned writer and academic Dr. H.S. Shivprakash will also join as Guest of Honour and second key note speaker.


The three-day festival will cover several dimensions of the interconnections between Literature, Peace and Harmony. The key sessions will be on topics such as ‘Literature for Peace and Harmony’, resurgence of nationalism, literature beyond class privilege, democracy in the age of social media, Odissi, Branding of Odia literature beyond classical status, Indian films and the grassroots reality, transformative Dalit literature: voice and the margins, youth, women, media, sports, folk and regional literature, etc.  Apart from this, more than 20 new books will be released during the three-day festival. The delegates and speakers of KLF will have a unique opportunity to participate in Ekamra Heritage Walk.

This year KLF is introducing special sessions for poets and artists. ‘Mystic Kalinga’, is dedicated for the poets and Kalinga Art Festival is for the artists. From this year onwards, KLF will showcase art exhibitions of international artists at the KLF venue. Another crucial addition to the festival are the establishment of literary awards including the Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Literary Youth Award and the Kalinga Karubaki Award.


Awardees, 2017

Mr. Haraprasad Das: 4th Kalinga Literary Award

Mr. Anand Nilakantan- Kalinga International Award

Ms. Paramita Satapathy- Kalinga Karubaki Award

Kalinga Literary Youth Award: 30 young minds selected from Odisha


Highlighting the need to go international, KLF Founder and Director Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida said, “Three years of KLF have seen great voices in literature. This year, we got several suggestions to expand the festival to reach out to global voices. This certainly will be a great value addition for our young writers.” Mr. Parida strongly believes that Kalinga International Awards will expand the horizon of the KLF and Odisha literary scenario by translating the maxim of think global and act local.  “Indian literature is rich in imagery and encompasses diverse human experiences. KLF has also been a platform to explore Odisha’s rich variety of literature and human experience,” he further added.


Some of the leading names who will be a part of the festival include 

Ajit Sharma, Amrendra Khatua, Anand Neelakantan, Ananya Chatterjee, Anurag Saxena, Aruna Mohanty, Arundhati Subramanium, Ashok Maheshwari, Ashwini Kumar Pankaj, Asit Mohanty, Baqir Shameem, Bhalchandra Vanaji Nemade, Bibhuti Pattnaik, Bijayananda Singh, Deba Prasad Dash, Debasis Panigrahi, Dipak Samantarai, Diksha Tiwari, Dillip Tirkey, Dr. Sigma Satish, Dr. Yashodhara Mishra, Dr. Ranjan Ku. Mallik, Dr. Subhas Pani, Dr. Perugu Ramkrishna, Girindra Nath Jha, Dr. Gourhari Das, Haraprasad Das, Hindol Sengupta, Hiranmayee Mishra, Jacob Isaac, Jatin Nayak, Jayanta Mohapatra, Jaydeep Sarangi, Joie Bose, Kedar Mishra, Kedar Nath Singh, Lt. General Charanjit Singh Chima, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah, Maitreyi Pushpa, Manohar Mouli Biswas, Meera Das, Meera Nair, Mona Mohanty, Mrinal Chaterjee, Munideepa Sahu, Nandini Sahoo, Paramita Satapathy, Paresh Pattanaik, Piyush Mishra, Pratibha Ray, Prof. H.S Shivprakash, R.K. Dash, Rahul Bose, Rabi Swain, Rajendra P Gupta, Ramakant Rath, Ravi Mantha, Ruchhita Kazaria, Saira Shah Halim, Sandeep Mohapatra, Sanjay Baru, Santanu Ganguly, Satyanand Nirupam, Sitakanta Mohapatra, Soubhagya Mishra, Soumendra Padhi, Sudarsan Pattnaik, Sudipti Satyanand, Suhasini Haidar, Sujit Mohapatra, Sumanyu Satapathy, Sundeep Bhutoria, Tarun Vijay, Vineet Kumar and more.


KLF hosting Kalinga Art Festival this year

This year KLF is organizing Kalinga Art Festival. Over 35 Internationally acclaimed artists to exhibit their painting during KLF at the KLF venue. Kalinga Art Festival has been curated by Dr Ranjan Kumar Mallik, Artist and Head of the Department, Amity University Gurgaon, New Delhi.


Participating artists are Mr. Gajendra Padhi , Mr. Sidharth P Betejebrgi , Mr. Manash Ranjan Jena, Mr. Gajendra Kumar Sahoo, Mr. Meenaketan Pattnaik, Mr. Nigamanda Swain,  Mr. Pradipta Patra, Mr. Chandra Shekher,  Mr. Chintamani Biswal,  Mr. Subrat Mullick,  Mr. Lalatendu Rath,  Dr. Anup Kumar Chand,  Mr Pradosh Swain,Artist,  Mr Rakesh Kumar Chaudhury,  Mr. Priya Ranjan Behera,  Dr. Gyanesh Mishra , Mrs. Sonia Mallik,  Dr. Ranjan Mallik, Lipsha Pattnaik Mohanty,  Chakradhara Behera,  Mr. Panchanan Samal,  Mr. Tarakanta Parida,  Mr. Bipin Martha, Mrs. Subhra Chand,  Mrs. Nibedita Pattnaik, Mr. Stitadhi Rath, Mr Smrurti Nayak,  Mr Aasutosh Panigrahi, Mr Susant Nayak,  Rohit Supakar, Ms. Suhani Jain, artist, Nagpur, Amarendra Moharana, Surat Choudary .


Highlights of KLF 2017:                                                         

  • 200 Speakers, poets, musicians, artists, performers
  • 20 sessions and 22 awards represented
  • Kalinga Sahitya Sanman, Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Literary Youth Award (30 Districts), Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award
  • Mystic Kalinga – Poetry session for 50 poets
  • Art Exhibition- 35 Internationally acclaimed artists
  • Ekamra Heritage Walk
  • Over 20 books to be launched
  • Book Stalls
  • Cultural Evening


For Schedule and Online Registration, please visit: www.kalingaliteraryfest.com


About Kalinga Literary Festival

At KLF, people from different traditions, regions and cultures represent the astounding literary diversity of our country. Literatures from different parts of India complement the regional literature of Odisha. The festival addresses the creative and productive dialogue between and among literary genres and traditions. KLF promises an aesthetically and intellectually illuminating festival that is an eclectic mix of celebrity authors, thinkers, cine-world luminaries, blended with inspirational debates that nourish creativity and thinking.


Kalinga Literary Festival is organised by Odisha Diary Foundation and Odisha Media Info Service Pvt Ltd. Both these organisation have started and nurtured platforms like Odisha Diary and India Education Diary and popular initiatives like Odisha Living Legend and Youth Inspiration Awards. Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) acknowledges the important role of other platforms, organizations and media houses in hosting such festivals in recent years across India. We have been at different Literature Festivals to develop mutual learning and strengthen existing networks among the living legends and the young minds of literature.

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