Contemporary Odia Fiction discussed at First Koraput Literary Festival

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Koraput: Literature is always contemporary. Unlike poetry, however, fiction doesn’t react to social issues immediately. Authors opines in the third session of first ever Koraput Literary Festival held here at the tribal museum last week.

Senior storyteller Narayan Panda, Sadanand Tripathy, Ajay Swain, Aditeswar Mishra, Pradip Nayak and Ashish Kumar Gadanayak took part in this special session to discuss trends in contemporary Odia fiction.

Moderated by Ashish Kumar Gadanayak this session focused on how literature possessed the social issues and how our authors were concerned about contemporary events and issues.

It’s discussed that it’s easy to write a poem on any social issue even without knowing much about it. However a fiction is not possible to deliver just by reading a news article or by getting a little information. Fiction needs in depth study.

They further discussed that, fiction is always ahead of times. Senior author Sadanand Tripathy gave few instances where authors depicted many issues that happened years later. Much before the Kunduli incident there were stories on it in Odia.

Fiction shouldn’t be just a protest, said Ajay Swain. It may take years to digest an issue and to write a novel or short-fiction on it.

Aditeswar Mishra focused on other small issues that were away from the public landscape. Poets are only concerned about viral and popular issues. However numbers of stories are left behind. A fiction writer always tries to bring out such unknown stories, said Mishra.

Pradip Nayak opined that whenever he writes a story he never thinks of any issues or incidents. Whatever strikes his mind and whatever disturbs him, he tries to bring out that issue in his writing. However, at times it takes years to do so, he said.

Ashish Gadanayak, in his concluding remarks, said, author is not a reporter. Unlike poetry, short stories never react instantly. It takes months to build up a story. Fictions are always contemporary. Even a 30 year old description in a fiction seems more contemporary today, said Gadanayak.

This session was followed by another session on contemporary poetry. There was a poetry recitation session and a documentary film show too. The post inaugural session was dedicated to Literature and Koraput.

As major cities are blessed with gala events and luxurious literary shows around the year, for the first time Koraput, a small city in Odisha, some 500 kelometres from state capital hosted a day long literary extravaganza – Koraput Literary Festival on 25th March 2018. The first Koraput Literary Festival, also known as KLF-Odisha, witnessed a congregation of about 300 authors including 200 from tribal infested undivided Koraput district at the scenic backdrop of Tribal Museum premises.

Koraput Literary Festival is organised by leading publication house PEN IN Books and news porta Odisha Story, the organiser of leading literary festivals in Bhubaneswar – the Bhubaneswar Poetry Festival (BPF) and Bhasha Festival.

KLF-Odisha was inaugurated by senior critic and author Professor Dr Adikanda Sahu. Koraput MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria joined the inaugural session as Chief Guest.

Tribal Researcher Dr Jagabandhu Samal, Secretary Shabar Shreekshetra Management Gadadhar Parida and Director Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) Dr Prafulla Chandra Mohapatra were seen on stage as Guests of Honour.

Senior Author Dr Ajay Swain and senior poet Dr Aparna Mohanty received the first Koraput Literary Awards (Koraput Sahitya Samman 2018) for their contribution towards Odia fiction and poetry respectively.

Poet Preetidhara Samal, Poet Rabi Satpathy, Author Meena Swain, Poet Madhuri Panda, Author Madhusudan Swain, Blood Donation motivator Dr Ratikant Khatua, Disable Sportsman Sukharam Majhi, Journalist Patitapaban Sahu and Youth Leader Kamal Rathor were felicitated during the inaugural session.

Inaugural session was presided over by festival director and author Subhransu Panda.

After the inaugural one, there were another 5 more sessions held.

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