Bhubaneswar: Poet Padma Shri Haldhar Nag said that both the praise and the condemnation are part and parcel of the life of a poet since the poet plays the role of a creator in the society.
He welcomes all opinions expressed in the society, he said, taking part in the digital literary discussion organised by the Kalinga Literary Festival on Saturday.
Commenting on the frequent political debates and criticisms about the poet, he said that as a creator, the poet respects both honor and criticism. No political party should drag him into political debates, he said in the e-session during a conversation with acclaimed port Kedar Mishra.
‘God is the Creation of the Poet’
As the creator, a God is born and worshiped in the imagination of the poet. Mr. Nag said that Shriram is worshiped because of Balmiki and Lord Krishna is worshiped today because of Byasadev.
Poet’s unique imagination is different from traditional thinking. And therefore he sees extraordinary in ordinary matters and subjects, he opined.
On this occasion, the poet Mr. Nag expressed his views on various issues of society.
“While the whole world is suffering from the recent epidemic of Corona disease, it is the precautionary measures that will save lives from risks,” he said.
Similarly, untouchable discrimination alienated him at a young age, and that was the inspiration for his untouchable poetry called “Achuaan”, Poet Haldhar Nag said.
Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF), a premier literary festival of India has initiated an online literary webinar series as the entire nation has come to standstill because of the Covid-19 lockdown and has witnessed precarious scenarios touching all strata of life.
The KLF has launched ‘KLF Bhava Sambad’, an online dialogue platform to bring poets, writers, thinkers, philosophers, public intellectuals, spiritual masters, researchers, performers, and common citizens to reflect upon the lives and emotions around us during this lockdown and beyond.
The platform has successfully conducted seven sessions so far.
The KLF, a pioneer in changing the perception of art and literary meet and discourse in India, has been a frontrunner in bringing transformational changes to such events.
KLF Corner, another format of the festival launched last year, is already immensely popular among book lovers. KLF Bhav Sambad also intends to connect various kinds of audiences by touching all issues in and around human lives and emotions.such as mysticism, spirituality, public policy, feminism, poetry and human consciousness, human emotions in storytelling, children literature , art world in post Covid19 world etc.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr Rashmi Ranjan Parida, founder of the KLF said, “COVID-19 has affected everyone everywhere. When people have been homebound, quarantined, nature seems to have regenerated. KLF Bhava Sambad is a small step to rekindle the literary spirit at the time of disillusionment.”
Going forward, the digital discourse platform of KLF will be held twice a month, added Mr Parida.
About Kalinga Literary Festival
Odisha Diary Foundation (ODF), Rythm Festival Pvt Ltd and Odisha Media info Service (OMIS) Private Ltd are organizing annual Kalinga Literary Festival, Mystic Kalinga Festival (KLF), Kandhamal Literary Festival, KLF in Koraput every year. Annual Kalinga Literary Festival, Mystic Kalinga Festival (KLF) celebrate the creative spirit of India and commemorate the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside of Odisha and India. Academics, authors, political and social activists, law makers, government officials, corporate leaders, students and people from all walks of life immerse in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival and exchange opinions on their favourite authors and works.
Mystic Kalinga Festival has emerged as an Annual Flagship event in the cultural calendar of India and our focus is to rekindle the romance with literature and foster reading and writing habits, especially among the youth. It offers a national platform with a global appeal and bridges the gap between literature in English and other Indian regional languages.