Bhubaneswar: For all those literature enthusiasts keen on savouring a good serving of debates and discussion on writings in political, Odia, Indian food, changing face of Indian cinema, mythology and romance, the Odisha Literary Festival 2017 could be the place to be this Saturday and Sunday. The two-day annual event by The New Indian Express will be inaugurated by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“This is our sixth edition and we are pretty excited. When we started we didn’t think that the event will come so far. This year we are celebrating the 70th year of independent India and our theme is India@70,” said Shampa Dhar-Kamath, Managing Editor, Events and New Projects, The New Indian Express.
Pertaining to the theme, columnists Shankar Aiyyar, Ravi Shankar Etteh, politician Jairam Ramesh, filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Amartya Bhatacharya and Sabyasachi Mohapatra, novelists Durjoy Datta and Anand Neelakantan, story teller-cum-writer Neelesh Mishra, actress Tillotama Shome, and Odia author and journalist Gourahari Das will be among the notable speakers to watch out for.
The festival is expected to draw crowd from all walks of life. The event will conclude on Sunday with closing key note address by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.