Kalinga Literary Festival 2021 concludes

The Kalinga Literature Festival has been able to offer an unique experience that will better Indian society, said Hardeep Sigh Puri, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Urban Affairs  while attending the concluding day of eighth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival here.

As the pandemic has offered all of us a chance to reconnect with ourselves, it is time for us Indians to decolonise our minds and out own literary achievement, he added on the valedictory session of the literary festival, attending via video link from New Delhi.

“The three-day event was roaring success as it held there was discussions and insights on India’s world-class literary culture and how to preserve its rich legacy,” Puri said.

The Union Minister praised organisers of the prestigious literary events for hosting the eighth edition of event physically this time since it could not be arranged last year  and for hosting nearly 300 ‘Bhav Samvad’, a digital discussion on literature and major issues of our society.

The three-day long literary festival is proud to have hosted doyens of literary and creative minds of India and of global reputes. The festival has become the best platform for intellectual and thinkers alike. We will be organising anedition of KLF in Kathmandu, Nepal from next year,” said Rashmi Ranjan Parida, founding director of Kalinga Literature Festival.

On the concluding day a total of 30 sessions were held simultaneously on subjects such as ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat : Path Towards a Global Economic Power, Translation, prose literature , Odissi Music , discipline of poetic life, role of newspaper and radio in the time of  disruptive media, publishing of vernacular literature , historical fiction, the millennia generation and women of India, analysis on Odia autobiography,fiction writing along with sessions on writing workshop, poetry recitation and on musical performances.

Print and Digital Media will have to coexist : Outlook magazine MD

Speaking on a discussion on the future of print media and radio in the time of disruptive media, Satish Padmanabhan, managing editor of Outlook magazine said, “These days the social media and some times other digital media publish a lot of unfiltered content which is like a double edged sword. While it is necessary to promote freedom of expression, at the same time there is no scope of verifying the content, which is still a hallmark of traditional media.”

However, both types of media has to feed off each other and they have to coexist, he added during the discussion on the concluding day.

Identifying priorities key for Atmanirbhar Bharat’: Former Indian ambassador to Nepal

In the inaugural session of the concluding day of Kalinga Literary Festival 2021, former Indian ambassador to Nepal Mr Ranjit Rae said India needs to act upon two areas to become atmanirbhar which is identifying and promoting areas where India has competitive advantage and investing in future technology such as 3D printing. He also remarked that the international business agreements which have been announced by the Government of India must have to meet their logical end to make a resilient India which will be a right step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat.