History and Timeline

Kalinga Literature  Festival was launched in 2014 to celebrate the language and Literature. . The festival director is the Rashmi Ranjan Parida and it is produced by Odisha Diary Foundation ,  Odisha Media Info Service Pvt ltd   organizing annual Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) every year on June or July at Bhubaneswar  

First Kalinga Literature Festival 2014

Central Theme: Celebrating the Language and Literature.  Jnanpith Award winners  Sitakanta Mohapatra  was the Chief guest and Pratibha Ray  was the guest of honor.

Key Note Speaker:  Sitakanta Mohapatra  

Second Kalinga Literature Festival 2015

Central Theme: Literature as Reflection

Key Note Speaker:  Mark Tully

The key sessions Great Debates Ensue at 1st Day of Kalinga Literary Festival : Literature has great role in Nation Building,  focused on a wide range of topics including Romanticism and contemporary literature, Feminism in contemporary Literature, Parallel Cinema and contemporary Literature, Dalit & Tribal Literature, Media, Medium, Message & Literature, Bhasa Sahitya Vs English Literature and many other inter-related issues.  

Third Kalinga Literature Festival 2016

Central Theme:Literature and Democracy

Key Note Speakers:  Subramanian Swamy,  Mani Shankar Aiyar

The key sessions focused on topics like dialogue, development and democratic spirit in literature, a literary journey of Kalinga, governance in Odia language, youth, women, media, sports, folk and regional literature and the like. 

Fourth Kalinga Literature Festival 2017

Chief Guest – Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister – Dharmendra Pradhan

Central Theme: Literature for Peace and Harmony

Key Note Speaker: Eminent writer and poet Dr Kedarnath Singh

Fifth Kalinga Literature  Festival 2018

Chief Guest – Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister – Dharmendra Pradhan

Key Note Speaker: Noted author, diplomat Pavan Verma

Central Theme: Towards a Just Society: Equality, Equity and Humanity in Literature  

6th Kalinga Literature Festival 2019

Chief Guest – Odisha Tourism Minister , Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi

Central Theme: Gandhi’s Idea of India

Key Note Speaker: Noted author, Gandhian Sudhir Chandra

Central Theme: Gandhi’s Idea of India: Truth, Non-violence and Harmony 

KLF Bhava Samvad 2020 Onwards

Virtual event and talks started from May 2020 and continuing till date with Million of viewership in the digital space.

Kalinga Literary Award

Kalinga Literary Annual Awards have four segments: ‘Kalinga Literary Award’, ‘Kalinga Karubaki Award’, ‘Kalinga International Literary Award’, and ‘Kalinga Literary Youth Award’.

Kalinga Literary Award 2014

Dr. Debi Prasanna Pattanayak 

Kalinga Literary Award 2015

Banaja Devi  

Durga Prasad Panda ,  Kalinga Literary Youth Award

Kalinga Literary Award 2016

Yashodhara Mishra,   KLF Awards was conferred on leading names in the literary world of Odisha.

Yashodhara Mishra (Category: Overall)

Tapan Mahapatra (Youth)

Kalinga Literary Award 2017

Haraprasad Das –  Kalinga Literary Award 

Anand Neelakantan – Kalinga International Literary Award   

Paramita Satpathy – Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award  

Kalinga Literary Award 2018

Amish Tripathi – Kalinga International Literary Awards 2018 

Nirupama Rao – Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award

Padmaj Paul, Kalinga Literary Award 

Kalinga Literary Award 2019

Pavan Varma – Kalinga International Literary Awards  

Rajendra Kishore Panda – Kalinga Literary Award 

Paro Anand – Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award  

Kedar Mishra – Kalinga Literary Youth Award

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award has been instituted in 2017   to recognize and celebrate three prolific writers, poets and performers in one Indian language and in one international language. The awardees have been chosen by jury keeping in mind their contribution to their specific language and genres.

Mystic Kalinga Literary Award 2018

Arundhathi Subramaniam 

Nabaneeta Dev Sen  

Kandhamal Literary Festival

KLF organising annual Kandhamal Literary Festival at Phulbani, Odisha to promote indegenious languages. 

KLF Corner

The Festival organising 

KLF corner every month in Bhubaneswar.

KLF in Campus

Specially designed festival format for students and organized in University and College Campuses.




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