Koraput: World renowned Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has reached Koraput. For two days during 7th and 8th of April Koraput will celebrate the spirit of life and lived experiences in the valley.
The Kalinga Literary Festival in Koraput will bring leading Odia and local literary legends to one platform where the woods will have a dialogue with the buildings, the indignity will engage with the so-called modernity, the written will listen to the folklore and the structure will encounter the spontaneity.
Speaking here to the media, Debashis Samantaray, coordinator of KLF in Koraput, spoke highly of the local culture, festivities and oral traditions in the Koraput Valley. He said Kalinga Literary Festival is keen to sustain this platform for an ongoing dialogue between authors, writers, poets and performers of Odisha.
Leading names like Haldhar Nag, Sumani Jhodia, Debiprasanna Pattanaik, Hrushikesh Panda Debadas Chhotaray, Hussain Rabi Gandhi , Achuyt Das, Mahendra Mishra , Jyoti Nanda, Bipin Nayak, Narayan Panda , Surya Mishra , Rakhyak Nayak, Biyot Projna Tripathy , Gourhari Das , Jalandhar Swain ,Jagabandhu Samal ,Laxmikanta Padhi,Alok Kumar Baral ,Sushanta Nayak Chandrakanta Biswal,Dwiti Chandra Sahu, Pritidhara Samal ,Madhuri Panda Kedar Mishra , Debasis Patra, Ranjan Pradhan , Sujit Panda, Debapriya Priyadarshi Chakra,Mahasweta Sahu, Dr Pradip Mishra ,Rudrani Mohanty .Dr Rajendra Padhi ,Bijay Upadhyaya ,Achyut Das Sumani jhodia ,.Chakrapani Parichha, ,Priyabrat Patra, Matrudutta Mohanty, Pramod Pradhan ,Gajanan Mishra, Prahallad Satapathy , Sanjay Mishra etc have consented to join the event.
“Kalinga Literary Festival in Koraput will promote all inclusive definition of literature which goes beyond the written text and includes all performances, informal story-telling and folklore,” said Manoranjan Routray, Convener Koraput Literary Festival.
On this occasion Koraput Literary Award will be given. Koraput Literary Award is a life time achievement award intended to select a few leading names both at the senior and youth levels who have made inspiring contribution to literature. The priority will be given to authors who are from the Koraput Valley and who are working for Koraput Valley.
KLF Koraput Sahitya Samman will be conferred on 8 literary personalities from the Koraput valley. They are namely: Krushna Chandra Singh (veteran freedom fighter social worker bhudan karmee) , Er Dasarathi Nanda ( literary critic and essayist) , Narayan Panda (fictionist), Chandrama Balia , Chakrapani Parichha (noted poet), Laxaman Mandra (from Malkangiri research personality for Banda community and language), Mahendra Mishra ( lingustic expert and resource person for tribal language and folklore ), Satyanarayan Gantayat ( literary activist and sattire writer from Rayagada) .