Treats galore for book lovers - Bhubaneswar abuzz with literary events

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  • Published 4.07.14

Bhubaneswar, July 3: Bibliophiles of the city have much to cheer about these days. While most book fairs are organised during winter, this monsoon has brought a surprise drizzle of literary activities.

On Wednesday, celebration of the 15th anniversary of Kadambini, an Odia family magazine, and fourth anniversary of Kuni Katha, a magazine for kids, saw eminent littérateurs, actors, dancers and social workers sharing the dais at Rabindra Mandap.

While actor Saurabh Shukla, Odissi dancer Dona Ganguly and social worker Sruti Mahapatra spoke about their respective fields, the likes of Ashok Vajpeyi, eminent Hindi poet and Shantanu Kumar Acharya, noted Odia children’s writer, opined about various facets of writing.

“We must keep writing the truth irrespective of whether anybody cares about it or not. People forget things easily. Literature must work against such oblivion,” said Vajpeyi.

When the Dehradun-headquartered Doon International School (DIS) unveiled its first centre in eastern India on June 29, best-selling author Chetan Bhagat came as chief guest. Bhagat, who is often regarded as a youth icon, attracted many young readers to the event who wanted his autograph.

A day before, another best-selling author Ravinder Singh visited Bhubaneswar to participate in ‘Bindass Litfest-2014’, a literary festival organised by another Odia magazine. He spoke extensively on Indian writing and globalisation of Indian magazines. Noted writer and columnist Hara Prasad Das also presided over a session in festival.

Last week, Pratham Books launched a set of 10 books in four tribal languages and four story tomes for the reading pleasure of children at Bakul Foundation here.

It aimed to simplify educational journey of lakhs of tribal children. These four languages were Saura, Munda, Kui and Juanga. The books are in bilingual format. Using Odia script, they have stories meant for beginners, drawn from the rich word of mouth tradition of these languages and the illustrations use tribal art with contemporary twists.

In the same week, Dilip Mohapatra’s collection of poems, A Pinch of Sun, was launched by noted poet Rajendra Kishore Panda. Poets Bibhu Padhi and Mamata Dash were among the other dignitaries who graced the occasion and even recited a few poems. Mohapatra, a Navy veteran, started writing poems in the seventies and his recent poems have appeared in various literary journals. His poems reflect his emotions, moods and memories.

“It is wonderful that the city is buzzing with literary happenings. This will encourage people to read more and learn about the authors,” said Sanjukta Pani, a bookworm.