Bhubaneswar: The three-day-long Kalinga Literary Festival has begun on Friday, June 9, and the theme of the festival in its fourth year is “Literature for Peace and Harmony.”
Around 200 celebrities including writers, poets and members of the literati of national and international repute will share their experiences, discuss, and deliberate on the role of literature in keeping harmony.
This year the KLF introduced two new awards apart from the already famous award of Kalinga Literary Award. Litterateur Haraprasad Das was conferred upon the covetous Kalinga Literary Award for his life time work and contribution to literature. Anand Neelakantan received Kalinga International Literary Award for his contribution to popular literature. ParamitaSatpathy received Kalinga Karubaki Award for her contribution to Odia poetry.
The festival is also introducing special sessions for poets and artists, where the session ‘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.