Third Edition of Odisha Literary Festival begins

Bhubaneswar, Nov 04: The third edition of Odisha Literary Festival, organised by The New Indian Express Group, began with the inauguration of chief minister Naveen Patnaik in the state capital on Tuesday. He also released the book "2014: The Election That Changed India" authored by eminent journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

Addressing the festival, Patnaik lauded The New Indian Express group for organising this two-day Odisha Literary Conference at Bhubaneswar for the third successive year.

"The Express group, which brings out 22 editions of the newspaper, holds a glorious place in the world of print media in our country and contributes immensely to our efforts in strengthening journalism and enriching literature. I feel honoured to be amidst a galaxy of poets, writers, playwrights and practitioners of other forms of literature in Odia as well as in other languages who have assembled here today", said CM.

"Indian literature is certainly not confined to Indian Writing in English, which is read and appreciated only by English-educated people. Literature produced in regional languages represents a wide spectrum of our social life and presents an authentic account of life lived by our people in remote parts of the country. Needless to say, volumes of creative literature is produced in these languages every year and read, enjoyed and appreciated by millions. Unfortunately, these literatures hardly get the publicity they deserve and not many institutions and organizations come forward to promote the writers. Against this background, the effort of The New Indian Express holds great significance", he added.

A host of top litterateurs, journalists and political personalities will take part in the two-day mega event. The eminent personalities who are scheduled to share their views during the literary festival includes Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, former Union minister Natwar Singh, former Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, journalist and activist Madhu Kishwar, noted journalist and columnist Shankkar Aiyar,  Odia writer and Bharatiya Jnanapith Award winner Pratibha Ray, Odissi dancer Kumkum Mohanty. The keynote address would be delivered by eminent journalist and editorial director of The New Indian Express Prabhu Chawla.