The 4th Odisha Literary Festival will once again bring together renowned authors, poets, filmmakers, publishers and literary enthusiasts who have brought literature to the forefront with their work in Hindi, English as well as Odia languages.
Save the dates October 10 and 11.
Here is the Program Details for the 2 day Festival
Day 1 Oct 10th
11 am: Opening Keynote address: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
11.45 am: Book reading and discussion: Jairam Ramesh and Shankkar Aiyar
12.30 pm: Where is the Indian renaissance? Sanjeev Sanyal, Shankkar Aiyar
1.30 pm: Lunch break
2.30 pm: The many faces of women: Book readings and discussion. Anjum Hasan, Anuja Chandramouli, Chandrahas Chaudhary, Shinie Antony
3.45 pm: Are the glory days of Odia literature and poetry over?: Asit Mohanty, Debasish Panigrahi, Jatin Nayak, Santosh Tripathy
5.00 pm: Re-presenting Odisha to the world: A welcome move or sacrilegious? Aruna Mohanty, Jagannath Panda, Nilamadhab Mohanty, Sujit Mohapatra
6.00 pm: The Power of Stories: Session with Imtiaz Ali
Speakers for Day one
Day 2 Oct 11th
10.30 am: Hindi is cool: Interactive talk by Divya Prakash Dubey and Nikhil Sachan
11.15 am: Why does so much garbage appear under the guise of food writing? Pushpesh Pant, Priya Kapoor, Sabita Radhakrishnan
12.15 pm: The printed book will never die: Chandrahas Chaudhary, Satyarth Nayak, Shovon Chowdhury, Somak Ghoshal
1.15 pm: Lunch break
2.15 pm: Writing for the entertainment media is not just about entertaining: Abhishek Chaubey, Feroz Abbas Khan, Sudip Sharma
3.30 pm: Translating the classics: What not to do: Mani Rao, Rakesh Khanna, Sachidananda Mohanty
4.30 pm: Why crime thrills? Ravi Shankar Etteth; Rakesh Khanna, Shovon Chowdhury
5.30 pm: Closing session: Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan
6.15 pm: Concert by Ananya Nanda, winner of Junior Indian Idol 2015
Day 2 Speakers
Know the Speakers of the Event.
Nilamadhab Mohanty, Bureaucrat
Nilmadhab Mohanty has extensive experience in public service, which he served with distinction both at the national and international levels. In the mid-1970s, as the Deputy Commissioner of the undivided and sprawling Sambalpur district, he handled the delicate law and order situation and giving a push to the effective implementation of the local development works and drought relief measures. As Secretary to the Chief Minister of Odisha during 1986 to 1989, Mohanty exhibited tact, expertise and knowledge in coordinating administrative and policy action at the highest levels of the state government. For his professional attainments, he was selected by the Vienna-based UN Specialized Agency UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) as its Managing Director in 1997.
Nikhil Sachan, Author
It might sound convenient to call Nikhil Sachan an engineer from IIT BHU or perhaps a management-graduate from IIM – Kozhikode. Both his books, Namak Swadanusar and Zindagi Aais Pais comprise of tales ranging from childhood fantasies to exploring the darkness of human existence, tales that will make you nostalgic, that will tell your story that will shock you and those, that will take you to your favorite places. In a scenario when Hindi literature has been declared almost dead, Sachin’s stories were widely appreciated by both critics and readers. Rated as ‘Remarkable Hindi Authors of 2013’ by BBC and ‘Best Literary Minds’ by Infibeam, Sachan has been the talk of the town since his debut.
Mani Rao, Translator, Poet
Mani’s poems and essays are in journals including Tinfish, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, and Interim, and in anthologies including Zoland Poetry, W.W.Norton’s Language for a New Century, Penguin’s 60 Indian Poets, and the Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. She has performed at The Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, New York PEN World Voices, and many other international festivals.
Mahesh Bhatt, Film Director
Mahesh Bhatt is a film director, producer and screenwriter from India. Bhatt’s early directional career consisted of acclaimed movies, such as Arth, Saaransh, Janam, Naam, Sadak and Zakhm. He now produces and writes for commercial and more box office friendly films such as Jism, Murder and Woh Lamhe. He co-owns film producing company Vishesh Films with his brother Mukesh Bhatt.
Jairam Ramesh, Economist, Politician
Jairam Ramesh is an Indian economist and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. He is a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh state in the Rajya Sabha since June 2004. In July 2011, Jairam Ramesh was elevated to the Union Council of Ministers of India and appointed Minister of Rural Development and Minister (additional charge) of the new Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. He has also served as the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011. He has authored the books Making Sense of Chindia, Kautilya Today: Jairam Ramesh on a Globalising India.
Feroz Abbas Khan, Theatre Director
At the forefront of Indian theatre today, Feroz Abbas Khan is recognised as much for exploring new forms, as for bringing Hindi theatre, mainstream recognition. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has directed some of India’s finest acting talent, both from stage and cinema. The Lincoln centre and the United Nations in New York, the Memorial Hall-Stanford University, the Universal Studios Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the Waterman’s Arts Centre in London and the Durban Playhouse in South Africa are some of the theatres he has performed at. His English theatre production of Mahatma vs Gandhi created a sensation wherever it was staged and earned rave reviews from national and international media.
Debasis Panigrahi, Author, Bureaucrat
Debasis Panigrahi writes in Odia, which has been accorded the status of a classical language of India. So far, he has published nine collections of short stories, seven novellas published in three collections and one novel. He is also a reputed lyricist and has penned popular lyrics for audio and video albums, television and cinema. His stories figure in the anthologies of best Odia stories brought out by Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Odisha Sahitya Academy. He has bagged a host of literary awards including Odisha Sahitya Academy Award for short stories for 2002, Young Writer’s Award given by the prestigious Gangadhar Rath Foundation in 2007, Kadambini Galpa Samman given by the popular Odia magazine Kadambini in 2009 and the Odisha Book Fair Award in 2012.
Anjum Hasan, Poet & Novelist
She started out as a poet, with work appearing in leading journals, before publishing her first collection of poems, Street on the Hill, in 2006. The interconnected lives of three very different characters in 1990s’ Shillong was the subject of her first novel, Lunatic In My Head, which went on to be shortlisted for the Crossword Fiction Award. Her latest work, The Cosmopolitans, a novel about the lives and times of a middle-aged art aficionado, has just been published, to rave reviews. She is currently books editor at The Caravan magazine and lives in Bangalore.
Satyarth Nayak, Author, Scriptwriter
Satyarth’s debut novel The Emperor’s Riddles released in 2014, and became a best-selling thriller. Described as ‘a book that opened a different avenue for budding writers’ by the New Indian Express, the thriller takes its readers on a trail of cryptic riddles connected to the royal secret of an ancient Indian Emperor. The book earned him acclaim from writers like Amish Tripathi and Ashwin Sanghi and comparisons with Dan Brown. His short stories have won the British Council Writers Circle Prize and also featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. His latest story Elixir was published in Penguin’s anthology Something Happened On The Way To Heaven – 20 Inspiring Real Life Stories.
Jagannath Panda, Contemporary Artist
Contemporary Indian painter and sculptor Jagannath Panda creates intricate art that reconciles the mythical and technological, reflecting on India’s transition in an era of intense urbanisation. He records the tensions brought about by social change, often humanising animals to become actors in his ambiguous worlds which hover between reality, metaphor and dream.
Divya Prakash Dubey, Author
Divya Prakash Dubey also known as DP is India’s first ‘Hinglish’ writer. He is an engineer from College of Engineering Roorkee and MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. An engineer & an MBA this combination has been going on for far too long to bring a refreshing picture in our minds. The author of two bestsellers, Terms and Conditions Apply & Masala Chai, DP has also authored poems, short stories, radio stories and screenplays.
Asit Mohanty, Writer, Editor, Critic
Asit Mohanty is known as a writer, editor and critic who has handled dailies, magazines and tabloids in the capacity of the editor. The 57-year-old post graduate in Odia with specialisation in modern literature has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation for Adhyaya Ekavimsa, in 1988, and the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation for Bapu Mo Maa in 2008. Mohanty wove his literary world around the books his mother brought as a part of her bridewealth. ‘’That treasure-trove whetted my appetite for reading and turned me into a writer. I owe it to my mother for what I am today.’’
Aruna Mohanty, Odissi Dancer, Cultural Ambassador
Devotion, perseverance and commitment have placed Aruna Mohanty as the finest among the dancers in the field of Odissi Dance, nurtured under the able guidance of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Her skill and versatility make her the recipient of many awards and accolades, including the Mahari Award, Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial National Award and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. During her tenure as the Vice-President of Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, Aruna made valuable contribution in developing and executing the cultural policy of Govt. of Odisha.
Anuja Chandramouli, Indian Classicist
She is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named in a poll conducted by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. She also authored the bestselling novel, Kamadeva: The God of Desire. Her third book, Shakti: The Divine Feminine is the definitive work on the Mother Goddess.
Abhishek Chaubey, Director
Abhishek Chaubey is an Indian film director, writer and screenwriter. He directed the 2010 film, Ishqiya. Chaubey started his career as an associate director and co-writer with film director, Vishal Bhardwaj, starting with Vishal’s debut Makdee (2002). He went on to assist him in all his subsequent films, and most notably co-wrote Vishal’s trendsetting Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Kaminey (2009). His second film Dedh Ishqiya starring Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi and Vijay Raaz released on 10 January 2014. Chaubey did his graduation in English literature from Hindu College, New Delhi in the year 1998. He then moved to Mumbai to do a course in Film & Television Production from the Xavier Institute of Communications before taking a headlong plunge in the world of Hindi films.
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