Bhubaneswar:7/1/19: Eminent writer Manoj Das was conferred Nilimarani Award 2019 on Sunday, for his extraordinary contribution to the field of literature.After receiving the award Das said, “The award I received is on the memory of all mothers. There is no alternative of mother’s affection, for which mother is the symbol of belief.”
Joining as the Chief Guest of the programme Prof. TV Kattimani said, “Everywhere the Odias are known for their simplicity, creativity, and clear heart. As the sugar dissolves in milk, where ever Odia people go, they accept others with an open heart.”
“Odia people have contributed in many ways in the development of the country. They have special skill and devotion in their work. Everywhere in the world, you can see Odia people,” he added.
Inaugurating the festival and Patrika Hat, Dr. K Srinivas Rao, Secretary, Kendra Sahitya Academy said, “Magazines have a huge role in the promotion of art, culture and universal brotherhood. Magazines also played role in different national movements. Literary festivals are instrumental in bringing readers and writers closer to each other.”
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, Kadambini, KIIT & KISS in his welcome address said, “The popularity of Kadambini literary festival and Patrika hat is growing year by year. More people are coming from various parts of Odisha to be a part of Patrika hat and to see the literary festival.”
Renowned writer Prof. Santanu Acharya, presided over the inaugural session and Dr. Iti Samanta, Editor, Kadambini proposed the vote of thanks.
During the fest, Kadambini Sahitya Samman 2019 was given to Satyabadi Rout, renowned poet, while Kadambini Sampadak Samman 2019 to Akshya Behera, Editor, Katha Katha kabita kabita; and Kadambini Sahitya Sambarddhana 2019 was given to Krushna Singh, Indulata Mohanty, Sankarshan Pratihari and Subidya Devi respectively.
In the second session Prof. Dr. Garima Srivastava, renowned writer; Abha Singh, renowned Social Activist and Advocate; Satarupa Sanyal, renowned Film Personality and poet; Rebati Laul, renowned Journalist and writer of ‘the anatomy of hate’; and Suchitra Iyre, Editor, Society Magazine joined in a panned discussion.
In the third session ‘Kabi o Kabita’ was held where renowned poets of Odisha recited their poems. Lastly ‘Kunakuni Mela’ was held where children took part in different cultural activities and competitions. More than 500 magazine stalls were opened in Patrika Hat.