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Odia Samaj, New Delhi webinar on Odia Sahitya o Bhasa-Kichhi Drusti Kicchi Chinta (4)

Odia Samaj, New Delhi organised an online dialogue on “Odia Bhasha O Sahitya: Kichhi Drusti, Kichhi Chinta”

New Delhi:26/7/20: Odia Samaj, New Delhi, a leading not-for-profit, socio-cultural organisation and an effective & neutral think tank today organised an online dialogue on Odia language and Literature i.e. “Odia Bhasha O Sahitya: Kichhi Drusti, Kichhi Chinta” through video conferencing.

The webinar was graced by icons from the world of Odia literature Padma Shri Dr. Pratibha Ray, Academician, and Writer; Prof. Santanu Kumar Acharya, Writer; Prof. Manindra Kumar Meher, Writer & Professor Odia Department, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, as speakers. Smt. Paramita Satpathy, Writer & Principal Commissioner of Income Tax was the moderator of the webinar. Besides Shri Sidhartha Pradhan, IRS (Retd.) President, Odia Samaj, Smt. Mridula Pradhan, wife of Union Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, members of Odia Samaj, New Delhi, and over 900 literature lovers including academicians from various universities and Odias living abroad participated in the webinar.

Odia Samaj, New Delhi webinar on Odia Sahitya o Bhasa-Kichhi Drusti Kicchi Chinta (11)Odia Samaj, New Delhi webinar on Odia Sahitya o Bhasa-Kichhi Drusti Kicchi Chinta (8)

Speaking on the subject of Odia literature, Prof. Santanu Kumar Acharya said that, literature is considered as the engine of this world. Without literature, the world can’t survive. The creation of literature is the reflection of one’s soul. He expressed disappointment that since 1913 after Rabindranath Tagore, not a single Indian writer has been awarded Nobel Prize for literature. He further added that literature can’t be enriched if we restrict ourselves in regional boundaries. We must give flight to our thoughts.

Giving a comparison between pre and post Independence literature, Prof. Manindra Kumar Meher said that, we can’t avoid ancient literature. The literature of the post-independence era is driven by our rich ancient literature only. He said if a person reads the literature of the earlier era his conscience will become pure and clean. Speaking on the popularity of today’s literature he said if literature reflects contemporary life, more and more people would be attracted to read literary works.  Adding to this, he said critics must use their strong analytical skills to inspire readers to read the right kind of books.

Concluding the session, Shri Sidhartha Pradhan, President Odia Samaj thanked the esteemed guests for their valuable insights. Speaking about the theme of today’s webinar, he said, Odia literature and language are the testaments of the glorious identity of Odisha.

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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