Bhubaneswar: The 5th edition of prestigious Kalinga Literary Festival kick-started here on Friday in the presence of eminent personalities representing Indian literature, politics, media and public services.
During the three-day event, young writers and poets from several districts of Odisha will receive Kalinga Literary Youth Awards for their excellence in literary fields. The youth awards have received great response and excitement around the small towns of Odisha.
The festival will see more 300 writers, poets, lyricists, journalists and public intellectuals speaking on the idea of a just society and how literature reflect this through the ideas of equality, equity and humanity.
The Kalinga Art Festival has attracted more than 40 artists from many states of India. There are dedicated sessions on understanding and appreciating art. The artists and expert art critics will be discussing the important concerns in their profession, the connection between art and literature and moreover, prepare a roadmap for future engagement.
The festival will see more than 10 books released.
Mystic Kalinga multi-lingual poetry sessions will see senior poets reading poetry in Odia, Hindi, English and Bengali among others.