Bhubaneswar: Mystic Kalinga, a two-day international festival of poetry and performances was inaugurated today in Bhubaneswar with the presence of several noted poets from around the world. Renowned Indian English poet Keki N Daruwala and famous Hindi poet as well as cultural critic Ashok Vajpayee graced the inaugural session and discussed various aspects of Indian culture from a critical point of view. Both the poets rued that there must be clear distinction between myth and reality.
The first day of the 2nd edition of Mystic Kalinga showcased various genres of Indian poetry as three poetry recital sessions-multilingual, Odia and Bhakti poetry-were held after the inaugural session. Noted poets such as Navneeta DevSen, Sitakanta Mohapatra, Arundhati Subramanian, Saroj Bal read their poems in front of an amused audience.
Three poets and author –Arundhathi Subramaniam, Nabneeta DevSen, Soubhagya Kumar Mishra were conferred Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards 2017 on this occasion.
In the end an Urdu Mushaira session was held where maestros such as Tarannum Riyaz and Shakeel Azmi participated.