13-14 January 2018
A very warm welcome to the 1st edition of Vagdevi Literature Festival. The festival, unique of its kind, reflects Odisha’s vibrancy of thoughts and its engagement with the literary world.
Vagdevi LitFest2018 is woven around the concept of making the world a more inclusive place. Spotlighting Odisha’s unique cultural heritage of inclusiveness, the programme of this 1st edition of Vagdevi LitFest spans the entire spectrum, including our tribute to late Padmashree Binode Kanungo, who being a Freedom Fighter and School dropout could singlehandedly prepare the Odia Encyclopaedia, Jnanmandal.
This is a multi–disciplinary, multi–lingual event, that draws Artistes, Writers, Academicians, Scholars from Odisha as well as Poets from different parts of India.
Festival goers will have a lot of special reasons to love this festival, like meeting your favorite Authors in an informal atmosphere, discovering new talented Writers and enjoying their poetry and other literary forms, creative Photography, live Tribal Art Painting, typical Odiya cuisine to stimulate your taste buds, endless cups of hot chai on crisp winter morning and evening, live Sufi music by some of the most talented voices and many more. This festival will definitely take you into a world of new ideas and amazing experience. Read More »
I always thank God for stitching some marvelous people into the fabric of my life. May God keep all my precious threads always intact and happy . Joy is portable- we can carry it wherever we go, distribute it to whosoever we want.
To overcome hurt, one friend will ask you to take revenge and get even and another will ask you to forgive and get ahead with your life who is your fall back make all the difference.
Duryodhan’s predicament in his words was “I know what’s wrong but I am not able to avoid it. I know what is right, but I am not able to indulge in it.” His fall back was his Uncle Sakuni and resultantly Durydhon moved from bad to worse.
Arjun’s predicament was different. He was allowing his personal emotions to dominate his sense of duty and hence wanted to escape from the responsibilities he had towards upholding righteousness. He needed a fallback. His fallback was Krishna andresultantly Arjun was restored to his greatness.
Humans, we are, at some point or the other, we need a fallback, who is your fallback, who is your fallback makes all the difference.
Our life needs to be utilized in a better way by good things without hurting others. Let us celebrate the life living. Each breath is a gift.
Topic: Women through ages
Dr. Nandini Sahu, Prof. Trilok Kaushik, Dr. Aparna Mohanty, Mrs. Sarojini Sahoo, Dr. Laxmi Shankar Bajpai
Topic: Tribal Folklores and Legends
Dr. Hrusikesh Panda, Dr. Nandini Sundar, Mr. Niranjan Padhi, Dr. Mahendra Mishra, Dr. Rajendra Gautam, Dr. Jyotirekha Hazarika
Topic: Translation.. Opportunities and Challenges
Prof. Dr. Bhagaban Jayasingh, Dr. Bidyutprabha Gantayat, Dr. Sakuntala Baliarsingh, Dr. Sangram Jena, Dr. Lipipuspa Nayak
Theme: Odia Poetry Recitation
Chairperson: Dr. Hrushikesh Mallik
Topic: Literature in the age of Globalization
Prof. Dr. Prafulla Kumar Mohanty, Dr. Gopa Nayak, Dr. Gourahari Das, Dr. Itishree Sarangi, Dr. Adyasha Das, Dr. Debasis Panigrahi
Topic: Childhood and literature
Prof. Dash Benhur, Dr. Maheswar Mohanty, Dr. Arabinda Patnaik, Prof. Manorama Biswal Mohapatra , Prof. Sangeeta Rath, Ms. Anuradha Mohanty
Multilingual Poetry reading (English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Assamese, Sanskrit)
Chairperson: Mr. Dipak Samantrai
Topic: Me and my story
Dr. Krushna Chandra Pradhan, Dr. Paramita Satpathy Tripathy, Ms. Chirashree Indrasingh, Dr. Ajay Swain, Mr. Paresh Patnaik, Mr. Prakash Mohapatra, Dr. Jayanti Rath
Theme: Nari Chetana
Chairperson: Dr. Pravasini Mahakud
Rail Sadan Auditorium,
East Coast Railway Headquarters,