Bhubaneswar: The third edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) began in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
The three-day festival, which celebrates and seeks to promote the rich heritage of Odisha, was inaugurated by renowned children’s author Ruskin Bond and Odia literary exponent Manoj Das along with Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communications and Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor of ‘Sambad’.
The three-day event saw several prominent writers such as Kiran Nagarkar, Pratibha Satpathy, and Paramita Satpathy speak.
Authors took part in a discussion on short stories in Odia literature and the never-ending joy it provides.
Another Odia author Ramachandra Behera said he believed in penning down incidents that touched his soul and made him restless till he put pen to paper. The conversation moved to a discussion on hasya rasa (comedy) and if it was making a silent exit from Odia literature.
A conversation between actress-director Nandita Das and actress Rasika Dugal was another highlight of the event as the discussed their upcoming film, Manto, and gave a peek behind the curtain and teasers, sparking curiosity.
Tisca Chopra’s debut production Chutney, where she plays a housewife trapped in self-preservation in the course of a long marriage with a charming businesses man, was screened during the afternoon session.
English poet Nia Davies and Kannadiga poet Mamta Sagar recited their poems. One of the sessions provided a platform for Pratibha Satpathy and her daughter and writer, Paramita, to discuss the “inheritance of the writing gene”.
A large number of school and college students, writers, publishers along with professionals attended the meet.