Tag Archives: Odia literature

India: Kuntala award for Odia literature in the offing

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to institute a prize in the name of poet Kuntala Kumari Sabat to encourage talented youths and women working in the fields of literature and arts.

Announcing this at the State-level Utkal Divas function here, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said women played a key role in enriching Odia literature and culture.

Stating that Odisha Government is sincerely working to promote and protect Odia literature and language, the Chief Minister said Odia has already received the status of classical language and official work is being done in Odia. He said rules for Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 have been framed. Read more

Source: The New Indian Express

2nd Edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) to begin on January 20th

Tata Steel today announced the second edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) to be held at Hotel Trident in Bhubaneswar on January 20 and 21. With an aim to foster the love for literature among the people of Odisha, TSBLM will bring together celebrated authors from across literary genres and serve as a local platform with a global appeal, which bridges the gap between literature of English, Odia and other regional languages.  The detailed event schedule was unveiled at the event.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr Chanakya Choudhury, Group Director Corporate Communications and Regulatory Affair, Tata Steel said, “Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet is one of the important and flagship events of Tata Steel in Odisha. Fulfilling its role of being a responsible corporate citizen brand by promoting literature along with sports. Tata Steel endeavors to bring best-in-class experience to literary enthusiasts, and provide a knowledge platform for intellectual exchange of ideas on contemporary issues in Odisha.” Read more

Source: Orissa Diary 


Writing In A Longer Canvas May Become An Inspiration For Planning A Novel: Paramita Satpathy

By Dillip Kumar

Taking Odia literature to international level was once rare incident, but thanks to Paramita Satpathy whose literary works have brought laurels to the state of Odisha and people of this tiny land have all the reasons to celebrate her works. Recently, she has been selected for Kendra Sahitya Akademi award for her novella ‘Prapti’.

In an exclusive interview with Dillip Kumar Pradhan, she shares the nitty-gritty of Odia literature within and beyond the state of Odisha.


OTV: Many odia writers are being awarded in state and national level. But, the international winners are few in Odisha. What is the reason? Where is the place of Odia literature in international arena?

Paramita: It is a fact that few Indian languages’ writers have got recognition at the international level, though some Indian writers writing in English have been awarded. It is probably because great works of Indian Languages have not been properly translated into English or other languages and the translated works have not been properly distributed. I don’t think in India the authors/translators of languages get access to agents for such kind of facilitation. Moreover it cannot be the look out of authors to try to claim a pie from the arena of international literature.  Read more

Source: Odisha TV

India: Sarala Puraskar for Hrushikesh Mallick

The Sarala Puraskar for 2016 was conferred on poet Hrushikesh Mallick for his outstanding contribution to Odia literature here on Wednesday. Eminent Kannada writer Chandrasekhar Kambar gave away the award carrying a cash prize of `five lakh and a citation to Mallick for his work ‘Jeje Dekhi Nathiba Bharat’.

On the occasion, Dr Gopal Chandra Panda was awarded with Ila Panda Memorial Music Samman while Dr Dinanath Pathi posthumously received the Ila Panda Memorial Art Samman. The awards carried a cash prize of `1.5 lakh along with citations.

Kambar said Indian languages and literature which share a common history are under threat from English. “English today threatens to dominate over all our languages,” he said and added that the only solution to this distressing scenario is translation. “It is not just our languages that are shrinking under the influence of globalisation. Our memories, hopes and thoughts are threatened by this alien language. Our languages have to survive the onslaught of English for our literature to grow,” he said. Read more

India: Odisha Literature Festival to be held in Bhubaneswar on Nov 5 & 6

The fifth edition of The New Indian Express’ Odisha Literature Festival will be held at Mayfair Convention Centre in Bhubaneswar on November 5 & 6, 2016. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been an integral part of the festival from the very start and seen it grow from strength to strength, will deliver the Keynote Closing Address. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will open the festival and deliver the inaugural address. Like in the previous years, Oxford Book Store will set up a special counter at the festival and sell all the participants’ books, in addition to other exciting new releases. Entry is free, and open to all.

How relevant is our literature?

Is contemporary Odia literature in tune with contemporary Odisha? Does it reflect today’s society or has it failed to understand the social perspective of modern-day readers? These writers will discuss what Odia literature needs to do to remain meaningful and relevant. Read more

Book review: The Dynasty Of The Immortals by Gopinath Mohanty

Is there another Indian novelist whose books contain, not just so many beautiful sentences, but so many different kinds of beautiful sentences, as those of Gopinath Mohanty (1914-91)? No Indian novelist is as consistently—and meaningfully—melodious as him. Most thrillingly, in Mohanty’s great novels of tribal life in Odisha, the notes he summons derive not just from his own sense of rhythm, but from his material: man as he experiences the pleasure and danger of the forest, the proximity and capriciousness of the gods, and the elemental beat and spark of the life-force itself.

Amrutara Santana, just published as ‘The Dynasty Of The Immortals‘ by the Sahitya Akademi in a translation by Odia scholars and professors of English literature, (the late) Bidhubhusan Das, Prabhat Nalini Das and classical dancer Oopali Operajita, is one of two great novels about Odia tribal life written by Mohanty in his youth. The other is ‘Paraja, which appeared almost 30 years ago in an excellent translation by Bikram K. Das. Read more