Odisha Chanel Bureau
BHUBANESWAR: Second edition of Odisha Art and Literature Festival (OALF) shall be held at the Press Club of Odisha, Bhubaneswar on June 10-11.
This two- day long festival shall be inaugurated by eminent poet, artist and sculptor Jayanta Mahapatra, Jatin Das and Raghunath Mohapatra.
During the festival, keynote address will be delivered on the ‘Missing realities of Indian novels’ by Satyanarayan Mohanty, Secretary General of National Human Rights Commission.
Eminent and acclaimed writers attending OALF 2017 from different parts of the country include Ashwani Kumar, Hemant Divate, Tushar Dhawal, (Mumbai), Sarabjeet Garcha (Delhi), Sonnet Mondal, Subhasis Chattopadhyay and Nandita Samanta (West Bengal), Huzaifa Pandit (Kashmir), B Maria Kumar (Bhopal), Bibudhendra Patnaik (Bengaluru), Sushree Sangita Mishra (Chennai).
Besides, about 70 writers from the different parts of Odisha – Rourkela, Koraput, Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Mayurbhanj, Angul – are participating in all most all power-packed sessions.
The sessions are scheduled on the topics on music, art and painting, poetry reading in Odia, English and other Indian languages.
Noted Odia writers including Pratibha Ray, Santanu Kumar Acharya, Gouarhari Das, Debasish Panigrahi, Adyasha Das, Sasmita Das, Asit Moahnty, Swaraj Mishra, Mitali Chinara, Bibhu Padhi, Rabindra K. Swain, Debaprasad Dash along with other writers will attend the festival.
A special programme has been designed to discuss about the literature on mentally and physically challenged people.
About 70 acclaimed and emerging writers from Odisha will participate in this festival. Noted poet and president of Odisha Sahitya Akademi Harihar Mishra will grace the valedictory function.
The scheduled programmes and other details could be accessed at the festival’s website at www.odishaartlitfest.com.
Keeping the pan-Indian nature of the festival, Odia and English books shall be released during the Function. Ahwini Kumar’s ‘Banaras & Others’, Sukanya Mohanty’s ‘Cacophony & Silences’ (Bloomsbury); Harekrishna Deka’s ‘A Touch of Time’ and Sarojkant Mishra’s ‘Bou’ (both from Dhauli Books) shall be released during the destival.
Three eminent persons from Odisha will be felicitated for their outstanding contribution to the field of music, socio-economic, industrial, cooperative movement as well as demography. They include noted musician Rakhal Chandra Mohanty, Satyanarayan Mohanty, Secretary General, NHRC and Dillip Rath, Chairman, NDDB.
BrahMos Aerospace, ONGC and IOCL have given support as associate partner and Asianbuck has become digital partner and Oxford Book Store has become the book partner for the festival, according to Manu Dash, Director, Odisha Art and Literature Festival.