A Festival of Verse, Music, Dance and Discussion, dedicated this year to the concept of Bhakti, to be held in Bhubaneswar and Chilka from January 5th to 7th, 2019.
Bhubaneswar: Noted poet Ashok Vajpeyi, Harihar Mishra to be conferred with Prestigious Mystic Kalinga Literary Awards. This was informed by the Mystic Kalinga Festival, Director, Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida. The award has been instituted to recognize and celebrate three prolific writers, poets and performers in Odia, in one Indian language and in one international language. The awardees have been chosen keeping in mind their contribution to their specific language and genres.
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award: Ashok Vajpeyi
Ashok Vajpeyi is a noted Hindi poet, critic, essayist and translator, and a dynamic presence in the Indian cultural scene. Writer, cultural activist and ex-civil servant, he has played a vital role in building numerous arts institutions. He is the author of thirty-eight books of poetry and criticism in Hindi and the founder/editor of eight journals in Hindi and English. He is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1994) for his book Kahin Nahin Vahin, the Agyeya Rashtriya Samman (1997) for his contribution to Hindi literature, the Officer’s Cross of Merit (2004) from the Republic of Poland, and the Officier de L’Ordre des Art et des Lettres (2005) from the Republic of France, among others.
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award : Harihar Mishra
Harihar Mishra is known for his versatility as a dramatist as well as writer of prose and poetry. As a dramatist, he has worked on major works such as Chilika Tire for the radio and among his famous poetry books – Dibya Asantosh stands tall. He had won the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award way back in 1977 for his drama Ratira Duiti Dena. He had won the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award way back in 1977 for his drama Ratira Duiti Dena.
Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (Special Citation): Prateek Pattanaik
Prateek Pattanaik is a young researcher of Odia literature and Odissi music. Prateek work consists of several projects to create digital documentation of vulnerable cultural practices including performing arts, musical traditions, lesser known monuments, neglected languages and palm leaf manuscripts. This makes cultural history more accessible, understandable and preserves it for the future.
Apart from that, Prateek research and write about Odisha’s ancient culture on the lines of mythology, the arts and ethnomusicology. The core of my work is to elevate the power of digital mediums like YouTube and Twitter and through them breathe new life into endangered traditions, backed with rigorous research. He is using technology to empower language and preserve culture – he has been using Wikipedia, Medium, Twitter, YouTube and every other tool at his disposal to do his bit to preserve Odisha’s dying art forms. He has not just digitized over 70 Odia-language poetry dating early 18th century but has also annotated, both poetic and prosaic translation in his blogs “Sri Jagannatha” and “Utkal Sangeet”. He has also brought a complete book “Kisora chandranana champu” on Odia Wikisource. He has also digitized 18-19th century 54 poem written by various poets.
Renowned writer Hindi poet and critic Ashok Vajpeyi will be the key note speaker of the event and several Sahitya Akademi and Padma Awardees will be joining to discuss how literature transcends boundaries of artificial human creations and emotions.
“Mystic Kalinga Festival is a celebration of bhakti . In a festival that is both celebratory and exploratory, the aim is not merely to discuss bhakti, but to distil its very essence. And hence we will see the remarkable diversity of modes and styles at this festival. Poets, dancers, storytellers and musicians are as integral to this unique event as scholars and academics,” said Mystic Kalinga Festival, Creative Director, Arundhathi Subramaniam.
Mystic Kalinga Festival – Director and Founder, Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida said, “Literature has the potential to connect a divided society and it can transform self-centeredness to world-centeredness. Kalinga Literature Festival was first launched in 2014 to celebrate this potential of literature. Mystic Kalinga Festival, an international festival of poetry and performances, emerged out of the need to connect to people’s hearts through poems, songs, dances, performances and meditations”.