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Gopinath Mohanty to Pratibha Ray: Koraput Has a Great Literary Tradition

Koraput has a great literary tradition. From Gopinath Mohanty to Pratibha Ray, many celebrated authors have lived here to experience the tribal life and later delivered great fictions. Gopinath Mohanty’s Paraja and and Amrutara Santana (Dynasty of Immortals) are based on the life of Koraput tribal and both the books are highly acclaimed in international literary arena, opined authors during the first ever Koraput Literary Festival.

Speakers participating in the post inaugural session (session-2) of the festival said that Koraput always has attracted authors and nature lovers. Here both beauty and pain could be seen. And this place has inspired hundreds of fiction and poetry in Odia as well as other languages.

This session “Odia Literature and Koraput”, moderated by poet Rabi Satpathy, witnessed a vivid debate by authors from undivided Koraput district – Dr Pradip Kumar Mishra, Dr Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Dr Rajendra Padhi, Jaladhar Swain, Uday Chandra Mishra and Gobardhan Panda.

The festival, also known as KLF-Odisha, was held here at the open premises of scenic Tribal Museum on 25th March 2018. Senior author Dr Ajay Swain and senior poet Dr Aparna Mohanty were conferred with 1st Koraput Sahitya Samman (Koraput Literary Award) during the festival.

Organised by leading publication house PEN IN Books and news portal Odisha Story (both units of Odia Media Private Limited), the festival was inaugurated by senior critic and author Professor Dr Adikanda Sahu. Koraput MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria joined the inaugural session as Chief Guest. Tribal Researcher Dr Jagabandhu Samal, Secretary Shabar Shreekshetra Management Gadadhar Parida and Director Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) Dr Prafulla Chandra Mohapatra were seen on stage as Guests of Honour. Author  and festival director Subhransu Panda presided over the inaugural session.

The first Koraput Literary Festival, also known as #KLFOdisha, witnessed a congregation of about 300 authors including 200 from undivided Koraput district here at the scenic backdrop of Tribal Museum premises.

The third session was a debate on ‘Contemporary Odia Fiction’. The session was moderated by author Ashish Kumar Gadanayak while Dr Narayan Panda, Sadanand Tripathy, Dr Ajay Swain, Aditeswar Mishra and Pradip Nayak participated the discussion.

The fourth session was ‘Contemporary Odia Poetry’ moderated by poet Durga Prasad Panda. Dr Aparna Mohanty, Biraja Bal, Sushant Nayak, Runu Mohanty, Amiya Ranjan Mohapatra and Dr Preetidhara Samal participated the discussion.

The fifth session was for poetry recitation compered by poet Meena Swain and Jhansi Singh. More than 40 poets recited their poems during this session.

Sixth and the last session was held inside the convention hall of Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS) where a documentary ‘REMO SAM’, based on the life and culture of Bonda Tribe, was screened. COATS director Dr Prafulla Chandra Mohapatra and Bonda language expert Gobardhan Panda briefed more about Bonda tribe while Dr Narayan Panda, Dr Ajay Swain, Ashish Gadanayak,  Assistant Professor Souranv Gupta reviewed the film. The documentary was produced by O Foundation and directed by Subhashish Panigrahi.

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