Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

Odisha Art and Literature Festival 2016 held in Bhubaneswar

manubabuYouth of Odisha must ‘Dream Big’ for development of Odisha: Sam Pitroda
Bhubaneswar: First edition of Odisha Art and Literature Festival (OALF) held for two days fron 16th April at Press Club of Odisha in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. It was inaugurated by eminent Odia poet PadmabibhusanRamakanthRath and Jnanapith awardee novelist PratibhaRay by lighting the lamp. The inauguration was followed by felicitation to eminent theatre, cine actor and director Sadhu Meher and noted Odia film producer AkhayKumar Parija. After that April-May edition of Odiamagazine ‘Chera’ was released by RamakanthRath, PrathibaRay, Sadhu Meher ,AkhayKumar Parija and Manu Dash, editor of the said magazine. Sam Pitroda, eminent telecom scientist, gave keynote address through video-clip and urged writers’ community to work for the development of the state. Giving the example of his own life, he called on the youth of Odisha to Dream Big for progress of the self as well as the state.

The first session of the two-days festival started with the panel discussionon “Future of Cinema” and among the panelist were eminent actor and directors like Sadhu Meher, ChakradharSahu, Himanshu SKhatua and Surya Deo, an acclaimed film critic, who introduced the
The post-lunch session was slated for poetry reading by about 15 young poets including PrabasiniMahakud, AjitDasmohapatra, Surya Mishra, Mukul Mishra, BiyotpragyanTripathy, RakshyakNayak, SarojBal, Pratiksha Jena and Debendra KBauriwho enthralled the audience. . Prior to the beginning of the poetry reading a collection of poems “Riot and other poems” by Debendra Kumar Bauri and translated by Manu Dash was released by eminent poet DevdasChhotray who presided over the poetry reading session. Dr. HrushikeshMallick, an acclaimed poet,academic, critic and literary page editor of Dharitri put forth his views on contemporary Odia poetry and critically analyzed it. In the afternoon, a panel discussion on “Future of Short-fiction” was moderated by Dash Benhur, an eminent short story writer,editor, columnist, eloquent speaker and cultural activist.In this panel Paramitasatpathy, Deba Prasad Dash and SusmitaRath discussed about the various facets of Odia short fiction. The concluding session was on “Problems in staging our plays” which was moderated by eminent cine-actor and theatre director Ajit Das in which theatre directors likeDhiraMallick of ‘SatabdiraKalakar’, theatre director AbhinnaRoutray, SubodhPatnaik, MihirMeher of ‘International Theatre’ and ManojPatnaik of ‘Manana’ group had engaging discussion in which eminent theatre and cine actor Sadhu Meheralso put forth his views on the issues relating to the problems of theater production in the state .NilambarRath, former editor, ETV News and editorial director of Odish LIVE and brilliantly moderated the session on drama.

On concluding day, young publishers of Odia language discussed about the “Woes of young publishers in regional language ( DesiSahitya je banijakala) which was moderated by eminent writer, critic, editor, journalist and speaker AsitMohanty. Four young publishers vividly narrated about their problems facing by them in publications. BanojTripathy, SarojBal, Raj Kishore Das and SubhranshuPanda discussed in the panel and the program was introduced by Manu Dash.
After that the poetry reading session started in which eminent and modern architect of Odia poetry including RamakanthRath, SitakantMahapatra, Dr. PrativaSatpathy and Mamta Dash read their poems. In post-lunch session,Dr. DebasisPanigrahi moderated the session called “Odia novel in ICU” in which young and acclaimed novelist like Ajay Swain, PareshPatnaik and ChirashreeIndrasinghintimately discussed about the problems of novel writing in Odia.
The next session was on “Literature and Religion” which was moderated by eminent writer SantanuKumar Acharya and the subject was vividly discussed by Rakishore Mishra and ManjuRay. The last and interesting session was on “Translating Odisha” in which Prof. BikramK Das, an eminent linguist and translator, Prof. JatinK Nayak, Sangram Jena and Chandan Das participated. This session witnessed hot argument between the panelist and the audience.
Later on, Manu Dash, festival director,Odisha Art and Literature Festival proposed vote of thanks to the participating writers, electronics media and press and the sponsors for supporting inorganizing two-day long festival and declared the festival 2016 end andannounced that the next edition of OdishaArt and Literature Festival would be held in month of January 2017 to avoid extreme heat wave in the city.
This festival was organized by “Dhauli Review Trust” and was supported by “Oil India Limited”, “Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd”,“National AluminiumCompanyLtd” and “Aditya Birla Group” (Lapanga Unit),” Paradeep Phosphate Ltd” and “Paradip Port” for extending their help.

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