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4th Edition Of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet Inaugurated


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11 January 2019

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: The fourth edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet was inaugurated at XIMB here on Friday. The coveted literary fest witnessed a packed hall with noted personalities from various fields deliberating on crucial issues pertaining to literature and art.

The festival’s inaugural session was on the theme ‘Gandhi@150’ with Sugata Bose and Jatindra Nayak discussing the Mahatma’s relationship with Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. This was followed by a session with legendary actress Waheeda Rehman as she reminisces on how she immortalized literary characters on screen.

Culturally among the richest state of India, Odisha has always been at the forefront at iconic works of Indian literature, from Jaydev’s Gita Govinda, to Sarala Das’ Mahabharat, to the path breaking works poets such as Sitakanta Mahapatra and Ramakanta Rath, and fiction writers such as Prativa Ray in the modern era.

In a bid to celebrate this richness that the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet was launched in 2016, with the inaugural edition held at Lalit Kala Academy. The fourth edition is bigger and better, the organizers said. Participants this year include, legendary writers Ruskin Bond and Jayanta Mahapatra, and acclaimed singer Rekha Bharadwaj.

Other speakers of note are Ravinder Singh, Vineet Bajpai, Aatish Taseer, Jayant Kripalani, Vikram Grewal, Nicolas James Nabina Das, Sucheta Mishra, Ileana Citaristi, Mitra Phukan, Kishwar Desai, Charles Assisi, NS Ramnath, Prajwal Parajuly, Debashish Panigrahi, Hussain Haidry, Pritish Acharya, Dash Benhur and Ananta Mahapatra, among others.

This also offers a platform to pay homage to the best of Odia literature. Odia sessions to discuss Gandhi in Odisha, the legacy of Fakir Mohan Senapati, a century after his demise. ‘Becoming Odia’, among other issues, will feature prominently in the festival

The meet will also go beyond the confines of the purely literary and bring on board such varied areas of interests such as theatre, dance, music, cinema, journalism and politics, all of which directly or indirectly affect literary persons.

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Waheeda Rehman, Veteran Actress

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Jayanta Mahapatra, Acclaimed Writer

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Jatindra Nayak, Literary Critic

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Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor, Sambad