Eminent authors, Padmaj Paul & Amaresh Pattnaik conferred Koraput Literary Award 2020

Bhubaneswar: The two-day third edition of Koraput Literary Festival (KLF) organised by Odia Media Private Limited was inaugurated today at Hotel New Marrion Bhubaneswar. The two-day event was inaugurated by Odia Language, Literature and Culture minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi. Two eminent authors, Dr Padmaj Paul and Sri Amaresh Pattnaik received Koraput Literary Award for 2020. Each were awarded with a cash prize of 21,000 rupees, a certificate, memento and Uttariya.

Popular novelist Dr Bibhuti Patnaik and celebrated poet Sri Haraprasad Das also joined as guest at the inaugural event. Odia Media director and note fiction writer Subhransu Panda presided over the meeting.
After the inaugural session, there were two interaction sessions with the laureates. While poet Rakshak Nayak interviewed poet Amaresh Pattnaik, Jnanee Debashis Mishra interviewed author Dr Padmaj Paul.

After the interactive session a discussion session on ‘Fiction: Contemporary or Classic’ was held. Dash Benhur, Ajay Swain, Sarojini Sahoo and Paresh Patnaik were joined as speakers, Amaresh Biswal moderated the session. Another discussion session on ‘Poetry: Diversity or Division’ was moderated by Navjyoti Ray. Pradeep Biswal, Kedar Mishra and Gyana Hota have put their opinion in this session.

The first day event was ended with a poetry recitation session moderated by young poet Chakradhar Patra. Kalpasa Ankita Shaw received PEN IN BOOKS Best-Seller award for her debut poetry collection A Lost Heaven. 5 books published by PEN IN BOOKS were launched by esteemed guests during the inaugural session.

The two-day festival will showcase 7 discussion sessions and two poetry recitation sessions. The closing ceremony and few sessions will be held at Duduma Waterfall and in Koraput on December 30. A team of 50 authors left for Koraput today evening by a special bus.

Festival director and author Subhransu Panda said, unlike the past years this two-day national festival is witnessing a limited gathering of celebrated authors, thinkers, policymakers, politicians, social activists, and intellectuals from Odisha only. This year in view of the COVID pandemic situation no guests from other parts of the country are invited to Koraput Literary Festival, said Mr Panda.