Around 200 celebrities from the world of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the theme of ‘Literature in 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 platform 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 and democracy.
This year’s festival will be inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Hon'ble Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. Hon'ble Union HRD Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar will be the Chief Key Note Speaker, while Eminent writer and poet Dr. Kedarnath Singh and renowned writer Namita Gokhale will be the key note speakers.
The two-day festival will cover several dimensions of the interconnections between Literature in 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, the way ahead, 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, 20 new books will be launched during the three-day festival. KLF is also introducing a special session for poets, branded as ‘Mystic Kalinga’. From this year onwards, KLF will showcase art exhibitions of international artists at the KLF venue. Another crucial addition to the festival are the literary awards including the Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Literary Youth Award and the Kalinga Karubaki Award.
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 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 Achyut Das, Ajit Sharma, Amrendra Khatua, Anand Neelakantan, Ananya Chatterjee, Anurag Saxena, Archana Datta, Aruna Mohanty, Arundhati Subramanium, Ashok maheshwari, Ashwini Kumar Pankaj, Baqir Shameem, Bibhuti Pattnaik, Deba Prasad Dash, Diksha Tiwari, Divya Dutta, Dr. Sigma Satish, Dr. Yashodhara Mishra, Dr. Ranjan Ku. Mallik, Dr. Subhas Pani, Dr. Perugu Ramkrishna, Girindra Nath Jha, Gourhari Das, Haraprasad Dash, Hindol Sengupta, Jacob Isaac, Jatin Nayak, Jayanta Mohapatra, Jaydeep Sarangi,Joie Bose, Kedar Mishra, Kedar Nath Singh, Lt. General Charanjit Singh Chima, Maitreyi Pushpa, Manohar Mouli Biswas, Meera Das, Meera Nair, Mrinal Chaterjee, Namita Gokhale, Nandini Sahoo, Paramita Satapathy, Pratibha Ray, Prof. H.S Shivprakash, R.K. Dash, Rahul Bose, 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.
Highlights of KLF 2017:
· 200 Speakers, poets, musicians, performers
· 20 sessions
· 22 awards
· Kalinga Sahitya Sanman, Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Literary Youth Award (30 Districts), Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award
· Mystic Kalinga - Poetry session for 50 poets
· Over 20 books to be launched
· Art Exhibition
· Book Stalls
· Cultural Evening
· KLF Meeting with Ambassadors