Poetry Festival on 14 and 15

The Second Bhubaneswar Poetry Festival (BPF 2017), a national festival of literature, art, culture, debate and discourse, will be held on October 14 and 15 in the State Capital.

To add more literary flavour of this festive season, BPF 2017, an initiative by Odisha’s leading publication house PEN IN Books and OdishaStory.com, attempts to unite celebrated literary figures, artists, musicians, cinema professionals and politicians from Odisha and other states of the nation under one roof.
The two-day event will be held at Mayfair Convention, one of the finest event-venue in the state and the best destination for literary congregations. The first day of the festival will be dedicated to literature, while the second day will be dedicated for social debate, art, cinema and political discourse.
Eminent Poets, Padmabhusan Ramakant Rath, Padmabibhushan Sitakanta Mohapatra and Poet and Thinker Haraprasad Das, Poet and Author Sarat Kumar Dash will join the inaugural session on 14 October.
The inaugural session will be followed by discussion on Poetry, Fiction, Lyrics and translation.
On October 15, the inaugural session will be graced by Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera, Congress Veteran,  Niranjan Patnaik, Saffron Veteran, Bijoy Mohapatra, Utkal Bharat President Aira Mahameghavahana Kharabela Swain and Poet and Former Minister,  Arun Kumar Sahoo.
The second day will witness various dialogue sessions on politics, Odisha’s development, protest and cinema. Artists, political representatives will join the event. Authors from different Indian languages including more than 70 Odia authors and poets, senior actress and director Bijaya Jena and bollywood lyricist and poet Dushyant are joining as speakers.
Addressing Media Men, Festival Adviser, Poet and Thinker Haraprasad Das said, “The Bhubaneswar Poetry Festival is designed to be a landmark event for showcasing Indian Literature. It could take in its sweep the unfolding landscape of global literature, the new voice of Indian literature and the kaleidoscopic range of Odia creativity.” He added, “It hopes to bring together three generations of poets, authors and artists. The emphasis, of course, would be the contemporary new literature in all its splendor, written anywhere in the world, particularly in Odisha.. 
About a hundred invited speakers are scheduled to grace the occasion, said author and festival Director Subhransu Panda. Apart from literature Art, Political and social topics also will be discussed in BPF 2017, added Mr.Panda. As many as 10 young Odia authors will be awarded with PEN IN Young Author Award 2017.

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