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Two-day literary fiesta was hosted for the first time by the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan

Bhubaneswar:2/2/20: Eminent Odia poet and former Kendriya Sahitya Akademi president Dr Ramakant Rath today underscored the need for laying emphasis on the timeless literary works rather than restricting to the contemporary literature.

“Generally, we judge the literature in contemporary terms. Rather, we should lay focus on timeless literary works”, said Dr Rath while speaking at the valedictory function of the first SOA Literary Festival here today evening.

The valedictory function was also addressed by eminent litterateur and social anthropologist Padmabhusan Sitakanta Mohapatra, who spoke  on the Odia literary tradition.

Popular Odia novelist Dr Bibhuti Patnaik said Odia culture is a mixture of Aryan and Dravidian civilizations. The presiding deity of Odias Lord Jagannath is a tribal God and Odia literature is based on Jagannath cult, which is an amalgamation of all religions and cultures. Followers of Jagannath cult are guided by the universal consciousness.

Vice Chancellor of SOA Univdersity Prof  RK Chauhan said the two-day literary fiesta was indeed a reflection of Mini India as it had participation from almost all the states across India.

A galaxy of around 100 eminent litterateurs from different parts of the country congregated on a single platform at the first SOA Literary Festival to discuss the contemporary trends in Indian literature that concluded today.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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