In 2016, Gameplan launched the Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, because a culturally rich region like Odisha needed a festival that would celebrate its literature and allied cultural pursuits — dance, music, recitation, and theatrical performances. The idea was an endeavour to take Odisha to a wider world audience and also to bring the world to Odisha.

From the very first year, the lit meet has drawn premier authors and speakers from across India and the world, having hosted eminent delegates such as Manoj Das, Ruskin Bond, Jayanta Mahapatra, Nayantara Sehgal, Kiran Nagarkar, Sharmila Tagore, Ileana Citaristi, Mark Tully, Nandita Das, Barkha Dutt, and William Dalrymple among several others. This lit meet has become an integral part of Bhubaneswar's annual cultural calendar and the overwhelming response encourages us keep our emphasis on a consistently high quality of participants, and an inherent connection with the local cultural ethos.

Event Schedule

4.30 PM The Bhubaneswar Club Inauguration

Ramakanta Rath

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik


Ramakanta Rath with Soumya Ranjan Patnaik

Sandip Roy

Tanaya Patnaik

Ruskin Bond

Sampad Patnaik


Sandip Roy, Tanaya Patnaik and Ruskin Bond* on the rise of podcasts, radio and audiobooks. In conversation with Sampad Patnaik

Rakesh Khanna

Sandip Roy

Ghost Nation

Rakesh Khanna discusses his new book Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India with Sandip Roy 

Abijit Ganguly


Stand-up comedy by Abijit Ganguly

11 AM The Bhubaneswar Club The Migrations That Made India

Tony Joseph

Sujaan Mukherjee

The Migrations That Made India

Tony Joseph on his deep dive into ancient India. In conversation with Sujaan Mukherjee

Gourahari Das

Sanghamitra Bhanja

Debaprasad Dash

Capturing A Moment, Chronicling A Time

Gourahari Das and Sanghamitra Bhanja on the long-running tryst between newspaper columns and loyal readers. In conversation with Debaprasad Dash
(Odia Session)

RSBS Large Short Films Matinee

Jatindra Nayak

K. Suneetha Rani

Critical Discourse in Indian Literature

Launch of Jatindra Nayak’s Critical Discourse in Odia. Jatindra Nayak and K Suneetha Rani in conversation

Sonam Kalra

Antara Salil Chowdhury

Surya Deo

Ode to India's Nightingale

Sonam Kalra, Antara Salil Chowdhury* and Surya Deo discuss Lata Mangeshkar’s immortal legacy. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

Jatindra Nayak

Gourahari Das

Sangram Jena

Manoj Das - In Memoriam

Jatindra Nayak, Gourahari Das and Sangram Jena discuss the legend and his literature
Session in Odia

Jayant Kripalani

Saroj Bal

Poetry in the time of pandemic

Jayant Kripalani, Saroj Bal and Swapna Mishra

Lillete Dubey

Ira Dubey

Joy Sengupta

Lockdown Liaisons

Lillete Dubey’s new play on loving and living through a pandemic. Featuring Lillete Dubey, Ira Dubey and Joy Sengupta
(Rail Auditorium-passes available at Bhubaneswar Club front desk and Oxford Bookstore)




11 AM The Bhubaneswar Club The Art of Bitfulness

Nandan Nilekani

Tanuj Bhojwani

Monica Nayyar Patnaik

The Art of Bitfulness

Nandan Nilekani* and Tanuj Bhojwani discuss their new book with Monica Nayyar Patnaik

Ileana Citaristi

Gianluca Rubagotti

Italian footprints in India

Ileana Citaristi* and Gianluca Rubagotti on Italian passages through India. In conversation with Malavika Banerjee

Rahul Bose

Jayant Kripalani

Tanaya Patnaik

Will OTT kill or revive the feature film

Rahul Bose and Jayant Kripalani on the web series boom and its impact on the big screen. In conversation with Tanaya Patnaik
(An RSBS Special Session) 

RSBS Large Short Films Matinee

Bikram Grewal

Avinash Khemka

Call of the Wild-The India Experience

Bikram Grewal and Avinash Khemka discuss India’s wildlife, tourism and travel in a post-pandemic world. In conversation with Sukanya Das (Launch of Bikram Grewal’s Wildlife In India)

Shrayana Bhattacharya

Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh

Shrayana Bhattacharya in conversation with Pratiti Ganatra

R. Balakrishnan

Tony Joseph

Sampad Patnaik

Journey of a Civilisation-Indus to Vaigai

R. Balakrishnan and Tony Joseph in conversation with Sampad Patnaik

Yashodhara Mishra

Sanghamitra Mishra

Hiranmayee Mishra

Her Story Her Words

Yashodhara Mishra and Sanghamitra Mishra on writings on women, writing as women. In conversation with Hiranmayee Mishra
Session in Odia

Dhritiman Chaterji

Susant Misra

Kapilas Bhuyan

Surya Deo

Sujaan Mukherjee

Satyajit Ray Centenary

Dhritiman Chaterji, Susant Misra, Kapilas Bhuyan and Surya Deo. In conversation with Sujaan Mukherjee
(An RSBS Special Session)

Sonam Kalra


Sonam Kalra and her troupe in an evening of ghazal and gayaki



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