Bhubaneswar: With the theme ‘Literature for Peace and Harmony’, the fourth edition of the three-day Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) is began on Friday.
Around 200 celebrities including writers, poets and literary experts of national and international repute will share their experiences, discuss and deliberate on the role of literature in peace.
The three-day festival will cover several dimensions of the interconnections between Literature, 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, 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. The delegates and speakers of KLF will have a unique opportunity to participate in Ekamra Heritage Walk.
Apart from this, more than 20 new books will be released during the festival.
This year KLF is also introducing special sessions for poets and artists. ‘Mystic Kalinga’ is dedicated for the poets and ‘Kalinga Art Festival’ is for the artists. The poetry session will involve 50 poets and the art camp will be held with 35 artists.
From this year, the lit fest organisers have introduced awards including the Kalinga International Literary Award, Kalinga Literary Youth Award and the Kalinga Karubaki Award.
The awardees are Haraprasad Das (4th Kalinga Literary Award), Anand Nilakantan (Kalinga International Award), Paramita Satapathy (Kalinga Karubaki Award). Besides Kalinga Literary Youth Award will be presened to 30 young minds selected from Odisha.