Bhubaneswar: Internationally acclaimed literary platform, Kalinga Literary Festival today launched KLF Corner in the city to engage with the literary community and the youth of the state.
KLF Corner in Bhubaneswar has been launched in collaboration with famous Oxford Bookstore at the Pal Heights in Jayadev Vihar. In the inaugural edition, literary youth Icon Kedar Mishra joined the Conversation with Living Literary Legend Jayanta Mahapatra.
KLF Corner promises to be thought-provoking and entertaining. KLF Corner is a community engagement initiative to take literature out of the books, newspapers, and festivals to dedicated 1-2 hour one-to-one sessions with leading thinkers, poets, performers, musicians, singers, writers, novelists.
These sessions would start as once a month event at a popular bookhouse, publisher’s space, academic seminar halls at universities, institutions and schools. The youth icons and the legends will engage in a conversation and Q&A on a particular topic, issue or theme, a book or a trend.
It is designed for young college going students, book lovers and for the individuals with a literary inclination. Some sessions may be master-classes in writing poetry, short story, novel, and script as well. Special sessions can be designed as per the request/demand of the host as well.
Founder Rashmi Ranjan Parida said that he strongly believes there is an urgent need to engage the youth icons with the legends in the literary world. He has plans to invite all Living Legends of Odia Literature and have conversations on their own writings, comparative insights, discussions on books and authors those who have won the national and global prizes like Sahitya Akademi, Jnanpith, the Booker and the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Programme Coordinator Debasish Samantaray said that there is no better opportunity than this to listen to these great voices and meet them in person and get their Autographs and Selfies! He further emphasised the need to celebrate the lives of our own writers and poets; their creative works, contributions, and impact.