By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Eminent Poet and Thinker Haraprasad Das will deliver key note address.
The second edition of Utkal Literature Festival (ULF) kick starts today at Bhanja kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar. One of the leading regional literary event in eastern India, KLF is going to present more than 100 speaker from Odisha and outside in this 3-day event.
If you are fond of literature and aspire to meet the literature biggies then, you should not miss out the Utkal Literature Festival 2016 scheduled to be held from 4th to 6th September at Bhanja Kala Mandap. Starting from writer’s discussion to book reading session under the tress, you will have it all at Utkal Literature Festival.
The first edition of ULF was held in 2014.
Festival Secretary Banoj Tripathy said,
Due to inadvertent reasons, we were unable to bring the festival in 2015, though it was planned to be held. This second edition will be a larger congregation authors and literature lovers. We are trying to accommodate more young faces in several sessions.
Eminent Odia poet and thinker Haraprasad Das is joining the event as key note speaker in the inaugural session today evening. Eminent literary personalities will be felicitated during the inaugural event.
The first session of the festival is moderated by young author Netajee Abhinandan. The topic is scheduled to be New Voices in Odia Literature, where young authors like Subhransu Panda, Ajay Mohapatra, Debasish Samantray, Pallavi nayak, Sujit Kumar Panda and Jnanee Debasish Mishra.
Tripathy further added,
There will be panel discussions, conversations, meet the author programmes, book reading, poetry recitals. There will be also exclusive sessions on art, culture and cinema.
There will be total 24 sessions in three days. The inaugural evening will have 4 sessions and other two days will have 10 sessions each.
Apart from the regular sessions, there will be Creative Writing Workshop and Poetry Under Treeevent for young students.
Author Subhransu Panda said,
It (ULF) will be a great opportunity for Odia authors to exchange their ideas with their counterparts from different Indian languages. I wish a grand success for the festival. I am thankful to the organizing team for keeping me in the first session as a speaker. However, I deeply apologise for missing the event as I am otherwise engaged in New Delhi.
Poet Saqti Mohanty, one of the speakers in ULF extends his pleasure being a part of the festival. He said,
LitFests are like folk dances for readers and writer, like pleasant collision among ideas thoughts. LitFests should be promoted by bringing more readers and focusing on performance literature on stage.
Keynote speaker Haraprasad Das opined,
Odisha has in recent times woken up to become an interesting hub through literature and literary discourses. Each of the litFests opens up the possibility of showcasing Bhasha writing alongside the writing in English. the ULF attempts to present mainly younger writers and allow them the open space for contesting claims on an open and competitive space. May such literary festivals be held regularly.
Renowned literary faces like Arundhathi Subramanyam, Asit Mohanty, Gourahari Das, Debasish Panigrahi, Jatindra Kumar Nayak, Ratnamala Swain, Anuja Chandramouli, Sarojini Sahoo. Sujata Parashar, Surya Mishra and many young faces are joining the event as speakers.