By Odisha Story Bureau, Koraput:
Koraput Literary Festival unites 300 authors from the State
Ajay Swain and Aparna Mohanty Receive 1st Koraput Sahitya Samman
- Regionalism has no space in Literature: Dr Adikanda Sahu
- Koraput has a great literary connection: Krishna Chandra Sagaria
Violence is not a subject of literature. Love is the only weapon to win hearts. And literature is the best medium to spread love, said professor Dr Adikanda Sahu.
Inaugurating the first ever Koraput Literary Festival here on 25th March 2018, Sahu further said, literature known no regions. In a global platform literature has to be go beyond the narrowness of regionalism. We have to accept and adore literature across the world.
Being chief guest at the festival held at Tribal Museum, local MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria recalled the great Odia literary tradition that had been fueled from Koraput. He said, Koraput and the tribal culture has a long literary connection. Authors like Gopinath Mohanty and Pratibha Ray have written world class classics based on the life and culture of Koraput. Even today Koraput attracts authors. Such a festival in Koraput will accelerate the literary spirit in Koraput, he opined.
As major cities are blessed with gala events and luxurious literary shows around the year, for the first time Koraput, a small city in Odisha, some 500 kelometres from state capital, hosts a day long literary extravaganza – Koraput Literary Festival 2018. The first Koraput Literary Festival, also known as KLF-Odisha, witnessed a congregation of about 300 authors including 200 from tribal infested undivided Koraput district at the scenic backdrop of Tribal Museum premises.
Koraput Literary Festival is organised by leading publication house PEN IN Books and news portal Odisha Story the organisers of leading literary festivals in Bhubaneswar, i.e. the Bhubaneswar Poetry Festival (BPF) and Bhasha Festival.
Tribal Researcher Dr Jagabandhu Samal, Secretary Shabar Shreekshetra Management Gadadhar Parida and Director Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) Dr Prafulla Chandra Mohapatra were seen on stage as Guests of Honour.
Senior Author Dr Ajay Swain and senior poet Dr Aparna Mohanty received the first Koraput Literary Awards (Koraput Sahitya Samman 2018) for their contribution towards Odia fiction and poetry respectively.
Poet Preetidhara Samal, Poet Rabi Satpathy, Author Meena Swain, Poet Madhuri Panda, Author Madhusudan Swain, Blood Donation motivator Dr Ratikant Khatua, Disable Sportsman Sukharam Majhi, Journalist Patitapaban Sahu and Youth Leader Kamal Rathor were felicitated during the inaugural session.
Inaugural session was presided over by festival director and author Subhransu Panda.
The post inaugural session witnessed a discussion on Odia Literature and Koraput. The session moderated by poet Rabi Satpathy witnessed a vivid debate by authors from undivided Koraput district – Dr Pradip Kumar Mishra, Dr Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Dr Rajendra Padhi, Jaladhar Swain, Uday Chandra Mishra and Gobardhan Panda.
The third session was a debate on ‘Contemporary Odia Fiction’. The session was moderated by author Ashish Kumar Gadanayak while Dr Narayan Panda, Sadanand Tripathy, Dr Ajay Swain, Aditeswar Mishra and Pradip Nayak participated the discussion.
The fourth session was ‘Contemporary Odia Poetry’ moderated by poet Durga Prasad Panda. Dr Aparna Mohanty, Biraja Bal, Sushant Nayak, Runu Mohanty, Amiya Ranjan Mohapatra and Dr Preetidhara Samal participated the discussion.
The fifth session was for poetry recitation compered by poet Meena Swain and Jhansi Singh. More than 40 poets recited their poems during this session.
Sixth and the last session was held inside the convention hall of Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) where a documentary ‘REMO SAM’, based on the life and culture of Bonda Tribe, was screened. COATS director Dr Prafulla Chandra Mohapatra and Bonda language expert Gobardhan Panda briefed more about Bonda tribe while Dr Narayan Panda, Dr Ajay Swain, Ashish Gadanayak, Assistant Professor Souranv Gupta reviewed the film.
The daylong event that inaugurated at 11 am in the morning was ended at 8pm in the evening with the movie screening. Next year the 2nd edition of the festival will be more engaging, said festival director Subhransu Panda.
In the evening a group of authors paid a visit to the erstwhile government residence of great Odia author Gopinath Mohanty in Koraput.