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Bringing Oriya writers and readers closer

Correspondent

Magazine launches literary meet



The series kicked off in June with a session on Oriya poetry

The deliberations of the sessions will be published in serial form



BHUBANESWAR: Much to the delight of the writers’ fraternity and connoisseurs of literature of the capital city, Oriya literary and cultural magazine Sachitra Bijaya, a sister publication of the Anupam Bharat Oriya daily, has launched a monthly literary meet.

“Through this series of interactive sessions, we intend to bring the writers and the readers of Oriya literature closer to each other”, explained Sunil Prusty, young poet and editor of Sachitra Vijaya who has been the brain behind the project.

Despite the dominance of English in the contemporary socio-academic scenario, literary activities in Oriya have been alive and kicking, he observed.

However, despite the growing number of literary publications in the state in recent years, there has hardly been any scope for the writers to interact with their readers and vice-versa – that is so relevant to the growth of literature and its critical appreciation, he said.

Dialogue

The meets have also been designed to initiate a dialogue among the readers, writers, editors and publishers that would help a healthy growth of Oriya literature, he hoped.

“The formats of our literary meets have been flexible. We encourage more interaction through questions and answers and discourage the traditional speech-making exercises by the speakers,” Prusty pointed out.

The series kicked off in June with a session on Oriya poetry that was attended by poet and Professor Soubhagya Kumar Mishra, Akademi awardee poets Pratibha Satapathy and Pramod Kumar Mohanty and Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi’s secretary Haraprasad Parichha Patnaik as speakers.

The session that was attended by more than 25 prominent and promising poets dwelt on the state of the Oriya poetry and the challenges that it encounters today. The second session of the series that was hosted here on Friday focused on the state of the Oriya short story.

Fiction writer and editor of Galpa, the exclusive magazine on Oriya short stories Bibhuti Patnaik, prominent short story writers Jyoti Nanda, Prakash Mohapatra and Pravat Mohapatra besides Gourahari Das, senior journalist and former editor of the highly popular magazine of Oriya short stories “Katha” were the speakers who had a three-hour lively interaction with the audience that had prominent and popular writers like Soubhagya Kumar Mishra, Paramita Satapathy and Paresh Patnaik.

The findings of the sessions would be published serially in Sachitra Vijaya for the benefit of the people who are missing the sessions, said the magazine editor.

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