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Free Odia books at libraries

Jamshedpur, Nov. 30: Odisha Sahitya Akademi has initiated steps to promote literature among Odia-speaking people in the steel city. The apex literary organisation of Odisha will send publication works on varied subjects worth Rs 1 lakh to libraries across the state for free.

Member of the Akademi’s general council Arabinda Rai, who is in the city to attend the maiden daylong state-level literary conference at Golmuri Utkal Samaj tomorrow, said: “Any library across Jharkhand that wants to store Odia literature and books on various subjects can apply at the Akademi office in Bhubaneswar. We will send the free consignment at their doorstep. The packet will contain around 300 publications worth Rs 1 lakh.”

He added that Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation would provide the books to the libraries. “The aim is to encourage libraries to stock up Odia books so that Odia-speaking people get a chance to read our rich literature,” Rai added.

“This is a welcome step by the Akademi. People can now read quality Odia books at these libraries,” said Sakchi-based Utkal Association president R.N. Satpathy.

In another first-of-its-kind step, the Sahitya Akademi has decided to support organisations that showcase literary personalities of Odisha in Jharkhand.

“We will help by arranging funds and organising exhibitions that highlight prestigious Odia writers. To begin with, we will display pictures of about 100 famous writers tomorrow on the sidelines of the conference at Golmuri Utkal Samaj,” said Rabi Rai, publication officer at the akademi.

The literary conference will also host a kavi sammelan. Besides, performers from Odisha will present Chhau and Odissi.

Odisha Sahitya Akademi has further decided to felicitate writers from Jharkhand, who have completed 60 years and have written books in Odia. They will start doing this from next year.

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