Koraput, Oct 24 (LocalWire): The second edition of Koraput Literary Festival (KLF) organised by the leading media and publishing house Odia Media Private Limited recently concluded here. It was officially inaugurated by celebrated Dogri author from Jammu and Kashmir, Prof Lalit Mangotra.
The inaugural event of the two-day national festival was held at Brown Valley Coffee Estate, 22 kms from here and Prof Mangotra delivered a keynote address on the central theme of the festival ‘Nature and Creativity’.
Senior Odia poet and administrator Mr Pradeep Biswal and senior author Professor Dharanidhar Sahoo also graced the inaugural event presided over by noted author and director of Odia Media Subhransu Panda.
The festival witnessed a huge gathering of celebrated authors, thinkers, policymakers, politicians, social activists and intellectuals from Odisha as well as other parts of the country.
Odisha’s Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, culture minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi and Koraput MLA Raghuram Padal graced the valedictory session and conferred Koraput Literary awards.
In the inaugural evening on 20 October, Prof. Mangotra stressed on the unity of man and nature.
Citing examples of Vedas and other Indian classical literature he said our literature has always given equal importance to the concept of unity of man and nature.
Mangotra also expressed his grief as nature has drastically changed for worse today.
However in today’s literature, the stream of love for nature still continues to flow, he said.
The multilingual poetry and short-story reading session was presided over by poet Krushna Singh where translator Kanak Manjari Sahoo and short-story writer Shaktiprava Mishra joined as guests.
Young poets Agnivesh Mohapatra and Gayatri Mavuru compered the show with more than 10 poets and authors participating in the event.
The first day ended with a campfire which the delegates enjoyed.
An exhibition on different types of coffee and coffee-making procedures was also arranged by agro-entrepreneur Sujoy Pradhan.
The second day of the festival was held at the open and green premises of Tribal Museum at Koraput town.
The day-long event started with a special debate session on ‘Koraput and Development’ moderated by senior journalist Sandeep Sahu.
BJD leader Rabi Narayan Nanda, BJP leader Bhrugu Baxipatra, former administrator Gadadhar Parida, social activist Umi Daniel and educationist Umakanta Das took part in this discussion.
Two one-on-one sessions with recipients of 2nd Koraput Literary Awards Dr Gourahari Das and Bipin Nayak were also held.
There was another interactive session with celebrated tribal agriculturist Padma Shri Kamala Pujari.
Post lunch ‘Nature and Odia Fiction’ was discussed by celebrated Odia author Dr Ajay Swain, Aditeswar Mishra, Amaresh Biswal, Sanjukta Mohapatra and Hadibandhu Mahakhuda. The session was moderated by Sahitya Akademi Youth Award winner author Sujit Kumar Panda.
Similarly, ‘Nature and Odia Poetry’ was discussed by poets Dipak Samantarai, Biraja Bal, Dr Amiya Ranjan Mohapatra and Dr Sneha Mishra.
The session was moderated by Sarat Chandra Acharya.
An engaging afternoon session by celebrated satirist Gyana Hota and poet-performer Ramakanta Mishra was another attraction of KLF 2019.
During the closing ceremony, well known author Dr Gourahari Das was conferred with the Koraput Literary Award 2019 for fiction and noted poet Bipin Nayak received the Koraput Literary Award 2019 for poetry.
The awards comprise a cash prize of Rs 21,000 each, a citation, a memento and a Kotpad fabric.
Also 10 personalities from the undivided Koraput region were felicitated for their achievements and contributions to the society. They are successful agro-entrepreneur Sujoy Pradhan, Jeypore’s wild-animal crusaders ‘War Team’, administrator Alok kumar Anugulia, author Satyanarayan Gantayata, literary activist Chandrakanta Biswal, theatre activist Ashok Kar, social activist Sanjit Patnayak, entrepreneur Akshaya Kumar Patra, poet Jaladhar swain and journalist Santakar Chelapila.
The two-day national literary extravaganza accommodated more than 60 speakers in 15 sessions.
Apart from this more than 40 poets participated in different poetry recitation sessions. Also there was a film screening session at the premises of COATS in Koraput. Award winning documentary ‘Kotpad Weaving’ was also screened.
Among others Saqti Mohanty, Pritidhara Samal, Aditeswar Mishra, Debadatta Pati, Girish Ranjan Sahoo, Kulangar Byangakabi, Pradeep Kumar Mishra, Madhuri Panda, Rabi Satapathy, Meena Swain, Jhansi Singh, Piyush Ranjan Sahoo, Chakradhar Patra and Dr Pratyush Mishra also participated as speakers or poets in different sessions.
Poet and educationist Dr Mrutyunjay Rath compered the two-day festival. With festival director Subhransu Panda, other team members of Odia Media Dr Rajanikant Tarai, Asish Kumar Rath, Suchismita Sahoo, Jitendra Kumar Jena, Subhashree Subhalaxmi Mohanty, Pragati Pandit, Pradyumna Mohapatra, Sangram Keshari Nayak and Biren Sahoo took care of the programme management and other necessities.
A book exhibition cum sales point was also opened at the venue by leading publishing house PEN IN BOOKS (an imprint of Odia Media Private Limited).
Odia Media also organise a bunch of national and state-level festival throughout the year such as Bhubaneswar Literary Festival, Bhasha Festival, Odisha Media Conclave, Odisha Youth Award, Odisha Education award, PEN IN BOOKS Young Author Award and Odisha Excellence Award to name a few.