Bhubaneswar: The 5th Kalinga Literary Festival, the largest monsoon festival of India, will be launched on 8th June 2018 here in the Smart City. Pavan Varma, Nirupama Rao, Amish Tripathy, Pratibha Ray and Pratibha Satpathy will join the inaugural. Pavan Varma will deliver the Key Note Address. Amish Tripathi, Nirupama Rao and Vinod Dua will dwell upon the central theme of the 5th KLF that is to explore and focus on Towards a Just Society: Equality, Equity and Humanity in Literature, said Mr Rashmi Ranjan Parida, KLF Founder and Director while addressing a press meet today.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship is slated to inaugurate the three day long Kalinga Literary Festival 2018 at the Mayfair Convention on 8th June 2018.
Among others, Prof. Kamala Kanta Dash, Co-founder and co-director, Mr Debasish Samantaray, Co-Convener and co-director, Ms Prachee Naik, Cofounder and Co-Convener, Ms Diksha Tiwari, Co-Convener, Mr Ranjan Mallick and Mr Debraj Mohanty, Member, KLF were present at the press meet.
Padmaj Pal, Amish Tripathy and Nirupama Rao will receive the prestigious Kalinga Literary Awards of 2018 for the world standard inspiring work in the literary and professional world. Young writers and poets from several districts of Odisha will receive Kalinga Literary Youth Awards for their excellence in literary fields. The youth awards have received great response and excitement around the small towns of Odisha.
The three-day festival will see more 300 writers, poets, lyricists, journalists and public intellectuals speaking on the idea of a just society and how literature reflect this through the ideas of equality, equity and humanity. Pavan Varma will deliver the keynote address and over the three-days, there will be several one to one and panel discussions with Jayanta Mahapatra, Rajendra Kishore Panda, Jyoti Nanda, Asit Mohanty, Piyush Mishra, Mridula Garg, Vinod Dua, Rahat Indori, Harish Bhimani and Achyuta Samanta etc, the leading names in the literary, media, entertainment and education world.
The Kalinga Art Festival has attracted more than 40 artists from many states of India. There are dedicated sessions on understanding and appreciating art. The artists and expert art critics will be discussing the important concerns in their profession, the connection between art and literature and moreover, prepare a roadmap for future engagement.
Mystic Kalinga multi-lingual poetry sessions will see many senior poets reading poetry in different languages including that of Odia, Hindi, English and Bengali among others. Legendary names like Rajendra Panda, Harihara Mishra, Amaresh Patnaik, Paramita Satpathy Pavan Varma, Nirupama Rao, Jayshree Tripathi, Pravakar Satapathy, Hrushikesh Mallick, Husaain Rabi Gandhi, Mamata Dash, Ashutosh Parida and Kedar Mishra etc will read their poems.
KLF Founder and Director Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida believes that KLF 2018 is unique in many ways as it bridges the gap between the local, national and global literary dialogues. He believes KLF has attempted revolutionary steps to bring the legends and the emerging writers to one platform. Mr. Debasish Samantray of KLF believes that the storytelling sessions will have interesting stories to attract the attention of literature lovers.
The three-day festival will see more than 10 books released. Leading names like Ramakanta Rath, Gourahari Das, Jatin Nayak and Swaraj Mishra will also join for book discussion sessions. The KLF has made unique arrangements to promote Bhubaneswar and the Golden Triangle among the delegates and speakers. Delegates will get rented cycles to roam around the city. Participation in Heritage Walk has been designed to explore the temple city and the natural surroundings of the old Bhubaneswar.