Festival platform for young authors

The fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival will witness national and international writers, poets and literary experts sharing their experiences, deliberating on the role of literature in peace and harmony.

By Our correspondent in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 3.03.17
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Bhubaneswar, March 2: The fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival will witness national and international writers, poets and literary experts sharing their experiences, deliberating on the role of literature in peace and harmony.

Eminent peace activists, war veterans, spiritual leaders, experts in conflict management and global development, including the international book prize awardees, will join to celebrate the spirit of peace and harmony in the city from June 10 to 12.

This year, the festival launched the Kalinga International Literary Awards and the Kalinga International Book Awards. The literary awards is a life-time achievement honour intended to select a few leading names both at the senior and youth levels, who have made inspiring contribution to literature.

The Kalinga International Book Awards will be conferred on fiction and non-fiction writers for their books that have focused on stories and developments. The book should have been published in 2015 and 2016.

Highlighting the need to go international, festival founder Rashmi Ranjan Parida said: "Three years of the festival have seen great voices in literature. This year, we got several suggestions to expand it to reach out to global voices. This certainly will be a great value added for our young writers."

This year's event is a tribute to the birth centenary of Biju Patnaik, who had showed Odisha the path of progress and aspiration.

Organisers feel the participation of personalities from various fields of creative art and literature will ensure the presence of the state on the national and global literary map and encourage the creative pursuits of young writers.

Festival convener Kamala Kanta Dash said: "The festival nourishes narratives and nurtures a vibrant literary community. We want to rekindle the romance with literature and foster reading and writing. We also aim to encourage the creative pursuits of young writers and their interaction with others."