Bhubaneswar, 17th April, 2016: Odisha Art and Literature Festival which began yesterday concluded today. In the beginning, young publishers of Odia language discussed about the “Woes of young publishers in regional language (Desi Sahitya je banija kalaa)” which was moderated by eminent writer, critic, editor, journalist and speaker Asit Mohanty. Four young publishers vividly narrated about their problems faced in publications. Banoj Tripathy, Saroj Bal, Raj Kishore Das and Subhranshu Panda 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 Ramakanth Rath, Sitakant Mahapatra, Dr. Prativa Satpathy and Mamta Dash read their poems. In post-lunch session, Dr. Debasis Panigrahi moderated the session called “Odia novel in ICU” in which young and acclaimed novelists like Ajay Swain, Paresh Patnaik and Chirashree Indrasingh discussed about the problems of novel writing in Odia.
The next session was on “Literature and Religion” which was moderated by eminent writer Santanu Kumar Acharya and the subject was vividly discussed by Rakishore Mishra and Manju Ray. The last and interesting session was on “Translating Odisha” in which Prof. Bikram K Das, an eminent linguist and translator, Prof. Jatin K 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 in organizing the two-day long festival and declared the festival 2016 end and announced that the next edition of Odisha Art and Literature Festival would be held in month of January 2017 to avoid extreme heat wave in the city.