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When Power Corrupts : Literature Cleanses Second Day of KLF Explores Nuances in Human Experience

Bhubaneswar: 19 June 2016 ( By Mano Mani Singh)-The second day of Kalinga Literary Festival built on the national debate created on the first day. The inaugural day had Dr. Subramanian Swamy speaking on the requirements to create a Lakshmanrekha for literature.Governance in Odia brought in historical insights to the movements to make Odia as an official language and argued that why it makes immense sense to adopt Odia as an official language. The panel appreciated the long overdue decision to which is scheduled to be adopted by 15 August 2016.

The session on Market and Literature saw great luminaries from the corporate world. The session had Anustup Nayak, Arun Mishra, Charudutta Panigrahi, KK Parida, Maheshwar Sahoo and was moderated by Bhabani Mohanty and Sujit Mohapatra. The session discussed on the inter-connection between the market and literature and whether they can co-exist or they compete and conflict. Renowned poet Ms. Arundhati Subramanium had a conversation with Prof Sachidananda Mohanty where the author Mohanty’s book “Lost World of Sarala Devi” was discussed in the light of contemporary writings on women and feminist literature.

The session on Conversation with Padma Shri Haldhar Nag was a great interaction on the issues of language, literature and poetry. Manu Dash probed the legendary poet on his choice of focus on poetry. The poet extensively recited from his poems and mesmerized the audience with his memory. Mr. Nag also shared his experience of going to Delhi and meeting the President of India for his Padma Shri award.

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The session on new media saw great experts and dynamic young practitioners to debate on the nature of the new media and how it is shaping the traditional mass media. The panelists included Rahul Pandita, Rajendra Gupta, Vineet Kumar, Sandeep Sahoo, Mrinal Chatterji and Ardhendu Das. They all agreed that arrival of new media is an exciting time for the media and people who use media for different purposes including that of politics, policy, advocacy, lobby and market.The session on Conversation with Lyricist Sameer was moderated by Ms. Dikshya Tiwari. She probed Mr. Sameer on how he has been able to achieve legendary success as a lyricist. Shri Sameer revealed that it has been his desire to reinvent with time has helped him stay relevant. The lyricist has worked with directors and producers of last three generations and has brought immense glory to the profession.

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The last session had leading panelists like leading actress Ms. Rituparna Sengupta, Lyricist Sameer, producer Yash Pattnaik, Ileana Citaristi, actress Seema Biswas and was moderated by film critic Santanu Ganguly. The session focused on the several issues of related to cinema as a literary product. This included script writing, dialogue and lyrics. The session also saw discussions on censorship. Audience loved Ms. Ileana Citaristi speaking a few sentences in Odia. The panel engaged with the questions related to the changing nature of script writing and how the recent controversy on Udta Punjab would impact the future of script writing. Chief Coordinator Shri Sangram Dhar offered vote of thanks. He thanked the sponsors,  partners and extended Team KLF’s gratefulness to the authors, speakers and the audience.

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