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Poetry Should Have More Aesthetic Value: Koraput LitFest

Koraput Literary Festival

Koraput: Contemporary poetry shouldn’t be the mouthpiece of any ideology. Rather it should give more space for different opinion and thoughts, said senior poets at the first ever Koraput Literary Festival.

Held at the scenic backdrop of Tribal Museum here in Koraput, the Koraput LitFest, also known as #KLFOdisha, also had advocated love and peace. During the 4th session where Contemporary Odia Poetry had been discussed, senior poets opined in favour of the aesthetic value of literary works beyond all ism and ideology. Protest, love, sorrow, social issues and private topics are essential part of contemporary Odia poetry. However there should be aesthetic values in poetry, said participants.

Moderated by senior Odia poet Durga Prasad Panda, this session dedicated to poetry was participated by senior poet and Koraput Literary Award 2018 winner Aparna Mohanty, Runu Mohanty, Pritidhara Samal, Biraja Bal, Amiya Ranjan Mohapatra and Sushant Nayak.

There was another session on contemporary Odia fiction prior to this session. 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 kilometres 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 Dr Sahu advocated about peace and love in literature. Instead of spreading hatred literature should be partial towards love and peace, he said.

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.

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