Bubaneswar: PEN IN Books –the leading publishing house of the state– has conferred the 2nd edition of its Youth award, known as PEN IN Books Young Author Award 2018. For the first time apart from 10 young Odia writers, one each writing in Hindi and English has also been included in the list.
The extravagant event, held here at Jayadev Bhawan on 14th February 2019, was inaugurated by famous Novelist Bibhuti Patnaik, while eminent poet and writer Devdas Chotray was the chief guest. Senior poet and thinker Haraprasad Das joined as chief speaker while senior journalist and columnist Arabinda Das graced the inaugural event as guest of honour. Entrepreneur and Green Chillyz MD Keshav Rao also joined as guest of honour.
Around 12 young writers were feted at the event. They are Naresh Kumar Behera for ‘Gudae Prasna’ (poetry), Shree Gobind for ‘Pana Patra O Samudra Muhana’(poetry), Gitanjali Maharana for ‘Prayaschit’ (sort stories), Chakradhar Patra for ‘Kuhudira Hata Dhari’ (Poetry), Pratyush Mishra for ‘Samudra Shosa’ (poetry), Girish Ranjan for ‘Byanga Baruda’ (satire poetry), Asutosh Acharya for ‘Jeebanara Sandhanare’ (poetry), Sarthak Pradhan for ‘Drushyapatta’ (essays), Sipun Jena for ‘Swapna Jeunthi Harijae’ (poetry) and Debadatta Mishra for ‘Aaji o Aau Kichi Kabita’ (poetry). For Hindi poetry manuscript ‘Jigisha’ Rinku Taunk and for English poetry manuscript ‘Tee Off’ Subhalaxmi Senapati bagged the respective award.
The inaugural event was presided over by author and director PEN IN BOOKS (a unit of Odia Media Private Limited) Subhransu Panda.
On this occasion, 100 poems by young Odia poets were unveiled in a book named ‘Shaheswara’. 50 poems by Indian writers, assimilated in a book ‘Moonlight’, were also unveiled in the inaugural event.
The inaugural session was followed by another two discussion sessions on Odia poetry and fiction.
In the poetry session, presided over by senior poet Hrushikesh Mallick, Odia Poetry by Budding Writers were discussed by the poets Sarat Kumar Dash, Sankarshan Parida, Kedar Mishra, Gayatribala Panda and Amaresh Biswal.
Similarly, in the fiction session, presided over by Jyoti Nanda, authors Prakash Moapatra, Abhas Kumar Boral and Pabitra Mohan Kar had discussed about the Present Scenario of Odia Fiction and the Involvement of Youth.
A multi-lingual poetry recitation programme was also held where Dr Kulangar, poet and translator Sarat Chandra Acharya and journalist Durga Samantray were present. Poets Agnivesh Mahapatra and Gayatri Mavuru joined as guests poets and compered multi-lingual poetry recitation programme. In this session 20 young poets had recited their poems in Odia, Hindi and English. The guest poets and poets included in Shaeswara and Moontide were felicitated during the last session.
Speaking about the award, Subhransu Panda informed that, this award is being given to 10 Odia writers, below 40 years of age since 2017. Hindi and English writers are also included in the list from 2018. Manuscripts for the current edition of the award were invited last year, and out of 76 entries received, the learned jury selected the above 12 manuscripts.
“This award is instituted to encourage and introduce young and promising writers to the wide readers fraternity”, said Sri Panda. All the manuscripts will be published in form of books later on, Sri Panda added.