Indian literature has all the ingredients to be projected on par with the best of world literature. Adequate translation of Indian literature into English language would only pave the path for its global identity and popularity. Jnanapith awardee writer Sitakant Mahapatra opined this while addressing the literary festival hosted here on Friday by National Book Trust (NBT), India in association with Orissa Sahitya Akademi.

The chief guest on the occasion, Mahapatra maintained that the internet had posed a threat to the publishing industry. However, the beauty and joy of having a book in one's hands could never match the books being read on the internet, he pointed out. The former chairperson of the NBT, Mahapatra hailed NBT's mission in producing “quality books at affordable price” and its key role in furthering translation. The event that witnessed a good gathering of literary personalities of the City was further addressed by Orissa Sahitya Akademi president and prominent writer Rama Chandra Behera who chaired the occasion. Five other noted literary figures – Baishnab Charan Samal, Sanghamitra Mishra, Amar Kumar Mishra, Debendra Kumar Das and Dipti Ranjan Patnaik – also spoke.

NBT's editor for Oriya wing P.K.Sar coordinated the event that witnessed release of about 30 books published by the NBT and the Akademi.