Kalinga Literary Festival

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About

Odisha Media Info Service Private Ltd  organising Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) on 17 May 2015 to celebrate this creative spirit of the city and commemorate the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside Odisha and India. Academics, authors, political and social activists, law makers, government officials, corporate leaders, students and people from all walks of life will immerse in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival and exchange opinions on their favourite authors and works. Several eminent literary and film personalities are scheduled to attend the event.

KLF has emerged as an Annual Flagship event in the cultural calendar of Odisha and our focus is to rekindlethe romance with literature and foster reading and writing, 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.

Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) acknowledges the important role of other organisations and media houses in hosting such festival in recent years across India. We have been at different Literature Festivals to develop mutual learning and strengthen existing networks among the living legends and the young minds of literature. At KLF like last year people from different traditions, regions and cultures will represent the astounding literary diversity of our country. Literatures from different parts of India will complement the regional literature of Odisha and we are hopeful of a creative and productive dialogue between and among literary genres and traditions.

Speakers

Prabhu Chawla

Prabhu Chawla

Prabhu Chawla born in Lahore, British India in 1946, is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express, a Chennai-based newspaper in India. Earlier he was the Editor-in-Chief of the same newspaper.

Prior to his assignment with The Indian Express, he was the editor of Language publications in India Today news magazine. Before holding this post he worked as the Editorial Director of the magazine for 24 years until August 2010. Mr Chawla has the unique distinction of being the only journalist ever in India whose story had led to the fall of a Government in New Delhi. He scooped the controversial Jain Commission report on the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. Its publication in the magazine led to the Congress withdrawing support to the United Democratic Front government, which led to the fall of the Inder Kumar Gujral led regime in 1997.

While at India Today, he hosted a popular talk show Seedhi Baat on Aaj Tak channel where he grilled prominent personalities.

He is one of the top Talk show hosts in India and his weekly show “Theekhi Baat” on the IBN7 channel has one of the highest ratings for a news-based programme.

Sir William Mark Tully

Sir William Mark Tully

Sir William Mark Tully is the former Bureau Chief of BBC, New Delhi. He worked for BBC for a period of 30 years before resigning in July 1994. He held the position of Chief of Bureau, BBC, Delhi for 20 years. He has received awards and he has also written books.

Sanjay Ahirwal

Sanjay Ahirwal

Sanjay Ahirwal is the Managing Editor at NDTV Worldwide. He has covered Afghanistan , the Iraq War, and many prominent stories.

Sushma Seth

Sushma Seth

Sushma Seth is a film, television, and stage actress. She started her career in the late 1970s, and has been known for playing the mother and the grandmother in movies and television. She is most known as the role of Dadi in pioneering TV soap Hum Log (1984–1985). She is also a theatre actor and worker, founder member of theatre group, Delhi-based Yatrik. She’s worked with famous directors like Dev Raj Ankur, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Manish Joshi Bismil, Chander Shekhar Sharma.

Dr Pratibha Ray

Dr Pratibha Ray

Pratibha Ray is an Odia academic and writer. She was born on 21 January 1943, at Alabol, a remote village in the Balikuda area of Jagatsinghpur district formerly part of Cuttack district of Orissa state.She was the first woman to win the Moortidevi Award in 1991.

She is an eminent fiction writer in contemporary India. She writes novels and short stories in her mother tongue Oriya. Her first novel Barsha Basanta Baishakha (1974)  proved itself as a best seller for its readability among rural female half literate readers. She attributed the boldness, the revolt and humanism in her literature, to the impact of Vaishnavism, her family religion, which preaches no caste, no class, and also due to the influence of her Gandhian teacher-father, Parashuram Das.

Prof. Kancha Ilaiah

Prof. Kancha Ilaiah

Prof. Kancha Ilaiah is an academician, writer and activist for Dalit rights. His books include Why I am not a Hindu, Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution, God As Political Philosopher: Budha’s challenge to Brahminism, A Hollow Shell, The State and Repressive Culture, Manatatwam (in Telugu), and Buffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism.

Urmilesh

Urmilesh

Urmilesh a Delhi based journalist began his career with Navbharat Times in the 80s. After that, he joined Hindustan in Delhi, where he worked for over 13 years. He then moved to Business Bhaskar as Political Editor and joined RSTV after working there for two years.

Ashok Chakradhar

Ashok Chakradhar

Ashok Chakradhar is a Hindi author and poet. He also remained professor in Hindi literature at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi. He specializes in satire and comedy. He also recites his poetry at Kavi sammelan-style, poetry gatherings.

He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014.

Shantanu Guha Ray

Shantanu Guha Ray

Shantanu Guha Ray has spent over two and a half decades in journalism, having served both print and the electronic media.

He started his career with the United News of India wire agency in the Indian Capital as a copy editor. He also freelanced extensively for the New York-based ethnic weekly India Abroad and the Dubai-based daily Khaleej Times.

To further his career, He moved to Kolkata and joined the Mumbai-based daily Indian Post as its chief of bureau. The daily closed shop seven months later but during that brief period, He freelanced for a host of international publications and wire agencies like Asiaweek, Associated Press of America (AP), Agence France Presse (AFP) and Khaleej Times. His stories appeared in Washington Post, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune (Los Angeles Times-Washington Post wires), Asahi Shimbun and the World Economic Report.

Anna MM Vetticad

Anna MM Vetticad

Anna MM Vetticad is the author of The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic

Gourhari Das

Gourhari Das

One of the leading Odia fiction writers, Gourahari Das was born on October 9, 1960 in Sandhagada village of Bhadrak district of Odisha to Gajendra Prasad Das and Smt. Sakuntala Das.
His writings reflect the checkered trajectories of a person who traveled in many directions. Das regards himself as aTraveler. He uses both village and urban landscapes to explore nature and human relations. His stories are steeped with local cultural ethos which brings emotional appeal to reader’s hearts and minds. They portray a keen struggle for existence among the social churning and erosion of high values. They are moving accounts of tribulations of people caught in the complexity of life. He joined Sambad the largest circulated Oriya daily as a trainee-journalist in 1985. He continues there as the Editor of Features and Editor of Katha, the most popular fiction monthly.

Dr. Ranjana Kumari

Dr. Ranjana Kumari

Dr. Ranjana Kumari is the Director of Centre for Social ResearchFounded in 1983, Centre for Social Research is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in New Delhi. Our mission is to empower the women and girls of India, guarantee their fundamental rights, and increase understanding of social issues from a gender perspective. We operate on local, national and regional levels in an effort to enhance the capacities of individuals, communities and institutions for creating a humane, equitable and gender-just society.

Dr Debi Prasanna Patnaik

Dr Debi Prasanna Patnaik

Debi Prasanna Pattanayak is a professor, linguist, social scientist and author. He was the founder-director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. Pattanayak was awarded Padma Shri in 1987 for his contribution to formalize, and adding Bodo language in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India. He also formed the research documentation that led Oriya language to acquire the status of a “classical language”.

Satya Narayana Sahu

Satya Narayana Sahu

Satya Narayana Sahu is an Indian Administrative Service Officer and posted at the Parliamentary secretariat. He is a  scholar in the Gandhian Though. He has also served as the OSD to the former President of India Shri K R Narayanan.

Roopa Ganguly

Roopa Ganguly

Roopa Ganguly born 25 November 1966 is a Bengali/Hindi actress, playback singer. She became popular after playing Mahabharat heroine character Draupadi in the hit Television series Mahabharat (1988), and mostly known for her roles in films like Padma Nadir Majhi (1993) by Gautam Ghose, Yugant (1995) by Aparna Sen, and Antarmahal (2006) by Rituparno Ghosh.

Paramita Satpathy

Paramita Satpathy

Paramita Satpathy  is an influential voice in Odia Literature and is widely translated into English, Hindi and other Indian languages. Her short stories  and poems have been published in all the leading literary journals of India including Indian Literature, The Little Magazine, News India, Samakalin Bhartiya Sahitya, Naya Gyanoday, Hans, Bagarth, Jansata, Vipula (Enadu), Bhasha Bondhon etc. So far, seven collections of short stories  and one novel in Odia have been published to her credit. Door Ke Pahad, a collection in Hindi (published by Bhartiya Jnanpith, New Delhi) and Intimate Pretence, a collection in English (published by Rupa & Co., New Delhi) have been published which are widely discussed and brought her much acclaim. Her stories are included in anthologies published from various parts of the country. Her stories address the recurring problems of the booming middle class of Odisha.

Pranesh Prasad

Pranesh Prasad

Pranesh Prasad is a writer of literary fiction, based in Canberra Australia. His debut novel “The Ultimate Laugh” which explores identity and terrorism was published in 2011 and subsequently, launched at the Ubud Writer’s Festival in Indonesia. His second novel “A Half-Baked Life” delves into the consequences of the 2002 Gujarat riots, human trafficking and the recent whittling down of the right to free expression. The novel was released in December 2013. He is also a trained economist and has worked in academia, the private and public sectors internationally. Apart from writing, he is passionate about animal welfare, social justice, Indian cricket, travelling, urdu poetry, the arts and music.

Barendra Kumar

Barendra Kumar

Barendra Kumar is a Popular Motivational Author and Speaker with keen interest to address the opportunities and challenges of human mind. He has been lauded for his Book, ‘CAN is the word of POWER’… An Inspirational Bestseller widely appreciated by intellectuals, especially by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan and Former President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. He is the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Trailblazer’, A Motivational Monthly published from New Delhi His continual and consistent efforts as an Educator has transformed himself as an excellent Success Coach.

And today he is a frequent keynote speaker at workshops with the objective of enhancing productivity in societal, institutional or organisational life. His presentation on ‘Success Strategies and Programming for Peak Performance ‘( 2S3P) has benefitted millions of individuals over the years. Evidently, he is committed and prioritises to inspiring the youth and empowering the nation.

Sabyasachi Mohapatra

Sabyasachi Mohapatra

Sabyasachi Mohapatra is an Oriya film director, writer, and producer. He was born at Lehedi, Subarnapur, Odisha.

Mohapatra directed his first film Bhukha in Kosali Language that won International Jury award at Gijon Film festival. Later he directed and produced couple of movies. His movie Jai Jagannatha, a mythological film, was a mega-budget released in fifteen different Indian languages. After 25 years, director Sabyasachi Mohapatra is back with Salabudha, another movie set on a rural background and focuses on the plight of the aged people in villages in the western part of the state. The film is based on a novel by renowned author Kapilesh Prasad Mohapatra (his father).

P. Lalita Kumari (Volga)

P. Lalita Kumari (Volga)

Volga is a well known Telugu writer. She was born in Guntur, one of the big towns and educational centers in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Her stories, novels, and poetry reflect well-articulated feminist positions without compromising either the quality of literary form or failing to represent the ‘reality’ of the characters. In her poetry, metaphor not only facilitates form but also celebrates the ‘ideas’ depicted.

Through her works Olga created a constituency of readers among both men and women. Chalam and Kodavatiganti Kutumbarao (forerunners of feminism in Telugu literature) influenced her, but she discovered a distinct style in whatever she wrote and a place for herself in Telugu literary world. The literary context of her characters is never a product of circumstance but a consequence of the hard choices they make.

Volga initiated major debates in newspaper columns on the questions of feminism and literature. Even her translations provoked serious debates. Apart from being a writer she has been an important filmmaker too. After a long teaching stint, she worked as the head of the scripting division in Usha Kiran Movies. She made three feature films, which won critical acclaim and awards.

Among her works are the novels Sweccha (1994), Sahaja (1995), Manavi (1998), Kanniti keratala vennela (1999), Gulabilu (2000), and Rajakiya kathalu (1993), Prayogam (1995) (two short story collections).

Volga is associated with ASMITA, a well-known feminist voluntary organization. The Library of Congress has acquired all twelve of her major published works, including the English translation of her selected short stories.

Dr. Mrinal Chaterjee

Dr. Mrinal Chaterjee

Prof Mrinal Chatterjee is an inspiring name in Odisha Media. He has left his legacy in wherever he has worked be it print, radio or television. As a journalist and then an editor he has inspired a generation of young journalists and continues to do so in his current capacity as the Head of IIMC Odisha at Dhenkanal. He has written extensively for leading newspapers of Odisha like that of Sambad and The Samaj. His recent book History of Journalism in Odisha is a pioneering contribution to the field.

Deba Prasad Dash

Deba Prasad Dash

Deba Prasad Dash is a writer, presenter and administrative officer based in Odisha. He has known for his literary skills and presentations in various forums.

Schedule

Grand Theme of the KLF: Literature as Reflection

10.00-11.15: Inaugural Session

Inauguration of the Kalinga Literary Festival

Honourable Guests:
Shri Ashok Chandra Panda,  Hon,ble Tourism Minister of Odisha , Sir William Mark Tully,  Priyadarshi Mishra, Dr. Pratibha Ray, Gourahari Das, Debiprasanna Pattanaik

Kalinga Literary Award to

Banaja Devi
Durga Prasad Panda

Speech by KLF Co-Convener Sitansu Mahapatra – Introduction to the theme

11.15 – 12.30 , Session 1 – Is Bhasa Sahitya endangered because of English Literature

Speakers: Dr. Gourhari Das, Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak, Prof. Ashok Chakradahr and Pranesh Prasad

Moderator: Deba Prasad Das

Tea Break: 12.30-12.45

Session 2: 12.45-2.00: Feminism in contemporary Literature: Reluctance within or a shifted focus

Speakers- Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Sushma Seth, P. Lalita Kumari and others

Moderator: Paramita Satapthy

 Launch: 2 – 2.40

Session 3: 2.40-3.50 : Media, Medium, Message: Have media become the medium for message of the privileged and ruling class

Speakers: Sir William Mark Tully, Prabhu Chawla, Sanjay Ahirwal , Urmilesh, Shri Satya Narayana Sahu ,  Shantanu Guha Ray

Moderator: Dr. Mrinal Chaterjee

Session  4 – 3.50-5.00: Is Parallel Cinema an obsolete idea in the era of 100cr Club

Speakers: Roopa Ganguly, Sabyasachi Mahapatra, Santanu Ganguly, Anu Choudhary, Sarata Katariya
Moderator: Anna MM Vetticad

Session  5 5.00-6.00:  Topic: Story of Dalit, Tribal in Mainstream Literature: Confrontation of the classes or concern for the mass

Speakers: Dr. Kancha Ilaiah, Barendra Kumar, Sabyasachi Mahapatra
Moderator: Santanu Ganguly

Tea break- 6.00 to 6.30

6.30-7.30pm to 9 pm Plenary Session:  Valedictory and Vote of Thanks

Dr. Bibhuti Patnaik, Debashis Samantray and others

 

Books to be Released

Confluences : Journeys into the heart and soul of Odisha

Confluences : Journeys into the heart and soul of Odisha

Mention the word ‘travelogue’ and people tend to think in terms of a

diary-like book, describing the author’s experiences in a place and

those who live there, generally with a background of the history and

culture of the region thrown in. Well, Anil Dhir’s “Confluences: Journeys

into the heart and soul of Odisha” is a 250 page account of one of

India’s poorest State.

The author takes the reader through literally every nook and corner of

the State, wandering around as a Confluence hunter. He is particularly

interested in the people he encounters, and he has a great deal of

contact with the locals, though almost always as a mere passerby.

It is difficult not to be riveted by the narrative, all of it is told with

refreshing sensitivity, candour, objectivity and whenever the occasion

warrants, humour. The book literally picks you up and walks you

through Odisha, road by road, village by village. So much so that you do

not want the book to finish.

Brass Flower by Adyasha Das

Brass Flower by Adyasha Das

Adyasha enjoys a unique felicity of expression, both in her poems as well as short stories.Conversant in both her mother tongue Odia and English, she creates a magical kaleidoscope of imagery with her words.Her writings reflect philosophical contemplations as well as the experiences of existence. They delve deep into the psyche and unravel the contradictions that the “self” has to tackle.

Known for her insightful and colourful portrayals of life, her writings are  a rare combination of sensibility and sensuality.

Bhitaraku Rasta by Adyasha Das

Bhitaraku Rasta by Adyasha Das

Adyasha enjoys a unique felicity of expression, both in her poems as well as short stories.Conversant in both her mother tongue Odia and English, she creates a magical kaleidoscope of imagery with her words.Her writings reflect philosophical contemplations as well as the experiences of existence. They delve deep into the psyche and unravel the contradictions that the “self” has to tackle.

Known for her insightful and colourful portrayals of life, her writings are  a rare combination of sensibility and sensuality.

In Retrospect by Ramakanta Das

In Retrospect by Ramakanta Das

Ramakanta Das has done his B.A {Honours} in English literature

and Masters in English literature from Ravenshaw College , Cuttack

.Odisha. He taught at a degree college for a few years, before

joining as an officer in the Parliament of India. At present he is

working as a Joint Secretary in Parliament of India, New Delhi.

INDIA.

His first collection of poems, Passionate Musing, was published in

2005.His second book of poems  Grass Flower was published in

2010. Canvas and Colours is his third book of poems published in

2012.His fourth book of poems Anticipation was published in 2015.

He is very passionate about poetry as a form of literature. His

poetry is intense. He writes about his everyday experiences, but

they take on a very aesthetic appeal as he expresses those using

highly poetic images and diction. His experiences, when put into

words, get transformed into a completely new being with a life of

their own. Needless to say that his readers easily identify with the

emotions expressed in his poems.

I never expected Life would change so much by Elora Rath

I never expected Life would change so much by Elora Rath

Odisha Sambadikatara Itihasa

Odisha Sambadikatara Itihasa

Advisors

Santanu Ganguly

Santanu Ganguly

Santanu Ganguly was a regular to the Cinefan Film Festival since the beginning. He has joined the Cinefan team in 2003 and started programming the films for the 5 Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema, under the supervision of veteran film scholar, filmmaker, film-historian, festival director- Ms. Aruna Vasudev. As Cinefan had been merge with Osian’s in 2004, since that time to till 2008, from 6th to 10th edition of the Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema, he has been curated under her guidance. He has also programmed the 11th edition of Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival under the guidance of veteran filmmaker Mani Kaul.

Beside the Osian’s-Cinefan, he also programming the Thrissur International Film Festival (TIFF) at Thrissur in Kerala from the beginning of the year of 2006. The 5th Edition of TIFF happened in August 2010. For this festival he need to curate the International Feature and Indian feature film sections.

Adyasha Das

Adyasha Das

Kuku Das

Kuku Das

Debasish Samantaray

Debasish Samantaray

Prof Chitta Baral

Prof Chitta Baral

Professor Annapurna Pandey

Professor Annapurna Pandey

Sponsors

Partner Organisations

Team KLF

Kamala Kanta Dash

Kamala Kanta Dash

Sitansu Mahapatra

Sitansu Mahapatra

Sitansu Mahapatra a journalist based in New Delhi. He worked several national media houses like Hindustan Times, NewsX TV, Incredible India, Precision Management Group, ETV and others. Currently he is working as a senior New Media consultant in Government of India.

Rashmi R Parida

Rashmi R Parida

Rashmi Ranjan Parida is a noted development journalist, media guru and media enterprenuer. He is the Founder-Editor of two leading news-portals; OrissaDiary (www.orissadiary.com) , wwww.Odishan.com, www.Odishainc.com and India Education Diary (www.indiaeducationdiary.com). Mr. Parida along  with his team of journalists and researchers started OrissaDiary (OD) in 2005 and India Education Diary (IED) in 2006. He devoted full time from 2008 onwards as the Chief Editor for both these websites.

OrissaDiary has been consistently ranked as the No.1 website on Odisha visited by more than 60 thousand visitors daily across the globe. Both OD and IED have a content sharing partnership with leading national media house, the Hindustan Times. In 2011 we institutionalized an annual award entitled “Odisha Living Legend Awards” which conferred on renowned personalities and policy practices of Odisha. In 2012 Manthan Awards in Delhi felicitated OrissaDiary as a pioneering news-website on Odisha.

Mr. Parida have taken several initiatives to encourage students to work as citizen journalists. The websites have created their own respective brands and are recognized for credibility, fastness, impartiality and concern for common people. To create a formal structure, team members of OD and IED decided to form a company known as Odisha Media Info Service (OMIS) Private Ltd, which would supervise and will be tasked for the brand building and brand extension of OD and IED.

Prachee Naik

Prachee Naik

Prachee Nayak is the founder member of OdishaDiary (www.orissadiary.com), Odishan.com, OdishaInc.com . She is the technical head of all these projects.

Sahasranshu Mahapatra

Sahasranshu Mahapatra

Diksha Tiwari

Diksha Tiwari

Susanta Kishor Khuntia

Susanta Kishor Khuntia

Parambrahma Tripathy

Parambrahma Tripathy

Parambrahma works on radio, online and TV outputs for projects which aim to improve the health of mothers and children, rights of bonded labourers and people’s resilience towards natural and man-made disasters. For last ten years, he is active in both online and traditional media.

Parambrahma’s debut poetry collection “Kuna Tripathyra Rough Khata” was published in 2014 and is one of the bestsellers. A popular literary face among youngsters, he writes for columns and articles for all leading newspapers of Odisha.

Contact us

kalingalitfestdirectorate@gmail.com

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