Bhubaneswar: From Pavan Verma to Nirupama Rao, from Vinod Dua to Amish Tripathy, Smart City Bhubaneswar will have the Who’s who during the fifth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival scheduled from June 8 to June 10.
Known for its socially relevant themes, the KLF also has hard-hitting theme this year. The central theme focuses on how to build a Just Society and in doing this the festival will explore how equality, equity and humanity have been presented, portrayed and picturised in our contemporary forms of literature and art. Several sessions on different themes will connect to the central theme on Building a Just Society.
There will be more than 250 writers, poets, artists and performers dwelling over several issues ranging from youth to inclusion, transgender to equality, women to equity, and governance to justice. A dedicated poetry festival, Mystic Kalinga, is an integral part of the event which provides a platform for emerging talents and youth icons in poetry to meet the established ones and the legends. Another dedicated platform, Kalinga Art Festival provides a unique platform for artists to showcase their talent and connect their art to the central theme of the festival.
Four prestigious awards in literature will be conferred for Kalinga Sahitya Sanman (for a distinguished writer in Odia), Kalinga International Literary Award (for a writer in any global language), Kalinga Karubaki Literary Award (for Odia women writers) and Kalinga Literary Youth Award (30 Districts of Odisha).
There will be dedicated sessions on the youth, indigenous communities, mythology, history, governance, foreign relations, women, transgender, climate change, cinema, media and the radio. There will be several One to One sessions with leading experts on the subjects. There will be a Story telling sessions promise to add new flavor to the literary spirit of the festival.
For the first time, there will be a dedicated session on the transgender community. This session will discuss the recent socio-economic and policy developments regarding the transgender community and how to weigh the utility of the government initiatives on the basis of their lived experience of exclusion, discrimination, community, trans-community engagement.