Bhubaneswar, October 3 (LocalWire): “From ancient times, poets in India have been vividly depicting our social systems and values, and have played a very significant role in the socio-political transformation of our country,” Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said at the five-day 39th World Congress of Poets, here, yesterday.
Inaugurating the event, the chief minister said, “Odisha is a land of cultural pluralism. It has a rich and enviable tradition of poetry.”
Patnaik also citing great poets like Sarala Das, Jagannath Das, Bhimabhoi, Baladev Rath, Gangadhar Meher, and others.
The 39th World Congress of Poets is attended by writers from 82 countries.
The conference is being organised under the auspices of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT).
Welcoming the delegates to the temple city of Bhubaneswar, Patnaik said that poetry has the power to promote world cooperation and peace.
“It is a pleasant coincidence that this Congress is being inaugurated on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, the epitome of peace and non-violence,” the chief minister said.
Earlier, 39th World Congress of Poets president and KIIT & KISS founder Achyuta Samanta declared the event open.
During the event, Prof Acharya Bhabananda, noted Gandhian and anthropologist were presented with the Gandhi Prize for Literature.
Eminent writer Ruskin Bond and poet and Ganesh Haloi were conferred the Honorary D Litt degrees, while the Honorary Diploma was conferred upon noted Gandhian and Freedom fighter Padma Bhabani Charan Pattnaik.