Writers talk on Oriya literature

KORAPUT: The story of Sambaru, a displaced person from Hirakud hydro project, moved the listeners at the auditorium of NALCO Club at Damanjodi on Sunday.

Bibhuti Patnaik, eminent novelist, while speaking on the importance of writing stories based on the real life, highlighted the character of Sambaru that was depicted in the story ‘Nache Benua Nache’ written by Bhubaneswar Behera, who had worked as an engineer in the project.

The story had attracted the greatest readership as it was the art form of the contemporary reality basing on the real struggle of the people who were displaced from Hirakud region for establishing the project and was not a creation of the writer’s mind, Mr. Patnaik said.

Mr. Patnaik, who was the chief guest of the annual function of Barsha Sahitya Sansad of Damanjodi, offered a rich contribution to the discussion on “Oriya literature in twentieth century.” Emphasising on the importance of modern development on the journey of literary movement, he said that impact of literature on society was greatly guided by development of technology.

Invention of tools

While invention of tools like mechanical clock in 1345 had forced the thinkers to move out of the concept of timelessness in literature, the geographical map being invented in 1346 had brought a sea change in the ideas of unending boundaries.

The greatest contribution to the development of literature was the invention of printing press by Hutenburg way back in the fifth century. Access to the greatest literary works and creation like Sarala Bhagavat could reach the nook and corner of the Oriya household, he added.

Among others, writers like Narayan Panda, Harishankar Mishra and Rajkumar Sutar also spoke on different aspects of literature.

Four writers from the region -- Mrutyunjay Mishra, Prahlad Gahano, Muktikant Das and Bijay Kumar Jena were felicitated by the chief guest for their exemplary contribution to Oriya literature.

A poetry recitation workshop was also organised to mark the occasion.