Utkal litfest kicks off in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The first edition of Utkal Literature Festival (ULF) was inaugurated by Governor S C Jamir at Bhanja Kala Mandap here in a glittering function.

The festival was organized by ULF Trust in association with Odisha State Council of Culture, State Tourism & Culture Department, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and National Aluminum Company (NALCO) which was attended by writer from Odisha, India and abroad.

The organizers covered sessions on translation and bilingual writing, cinema and literature, contemporary history and travel writing, South Asian fiction writing, the state of Indian poetry, art and craft of story writing, resurgence of epic in Indian novel, blurring border between fiction and non-fiction, authors in conversation, Authorspeak, poetry reading during the festival in order to promote the literature.

Meanwhile, the organizers have arranged open air programmes like ‘Literature under the Tree’, sand art display on the festival, an ‘Artists at Work’ session with Fine Art and Sculpture Gallery and a mini book fair at the venue.

The event aimed at connecting the Odia diaspora living in various parts of the country and abroad and promote Odia art and culture globally and at bringing the reputed poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, artists, academicians, critics, film-makers, journalists and other creative people from the country and as well from South Asia (Bhutan and Nepal) together under one roof, a release from ULF Trust said.