For the first of all times, The Odisha Literary Festival is going to be held on 5th and 6th October, 2012 in Bhubaneswar. The two-day event hosted by the New Indian Express Group will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The festival is expected to be an amalgamation of top writers, poets, film-makers, politicians and spiritual leaders to involve and engage themselves in furtherance and enrichment of literature in the country as well as the State.
Across the two days, there will be sessions on different aspects of literature with celebrated literary personalities like Ruskin Bond, Amish Tripathy of ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ fame, poet Sudeep Sen, feminist writer Jaishree Mishra, translator Arunava Sinha and Palash Mehrotra joining Odia litterateurs Dr Sitakanta Mohapatra, Soubhagya Mishra, Paramita Satpathy, Yashodhara Mishra and Bikram Das.
Ruskin Bond is all set to hold children in a trance with his special storytelling session for kids while Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev will deliver a talk on religious writings in his inimitable style. Also, filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj will engage with Nirad Mohapatra on writing for films and visual medium.
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid will also take part in the festival engaging himself in a conversation on “Ideological Literature” with academic and international relations expert Prof Pushpesh Pant.
The festival will have an added dash of colour and spice with a special live cookery demonstration “Cookout” by celebrity chef, food stylist and author of the `East India Kitchen’ Michael Swami while famous playback singer Rekha Bharadwaj will be taking stage on the closing night.
Venue : Mayfair Convention Centre, Jaydev Vihar.
Dates: 5th and 6th October, 2012