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.
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.