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

11.30pm The Bhubaneswar Club Inauguration

Amitav Ghosh

Ramakanta Rath

Chanakya Chaudhary

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik


Amitav Ghosh, Ramakanta Rath with Chanakya Chaudhary and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.

Jatindra Nayak

Gourahari Das

Sangram Jena

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik

Manoj Das In Memoriam

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

Launch of Das’ Jibanara Jalachhabi Volume 2 by Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.

Rajat Kapoor

Vinay Pathak

Tanaya Patnaik

Lights, Camera, Streaming

Rajat Kapoor and Vinay Pathak 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

Anita Agnihotri

Puja Changoiwala

All The Lives We Cannot See

Anita Agnihotri and Puja Changoiwala in conversation with Sukanya Das.

Deborah Baker

Jonathan Gil Harris

Sujaan Mukherjee

First Firangis to the Last Englishmen

European travellers through India: Deborah Baker and Jonathan Gil Harris on the European journeymen and their discovery of India. In conversation with Sujaan Mukherjee.

Amitav Ghosh

The Nutmeg’s Curse

Amitav Ghosh discusses his new book with Malavika Banerjee.

Barun Chanda

Devdas Chhotray

Sujaan Mukherjee

Dhritiman Chatterjee

Satyajit Ray Centenary

Barun Chanda, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Devdas Chhotray. In conversation with Sujaan Mukherjee. An RSBS Special Session

Vinay Pathak

Nothing Like Lear

Vinay Pathak’s solo act

11am The Bhubaneswar Club The Art Of Bitfulness

Nandan Nilekani

Monica Nayyar Patnaik

Tanuj Bhojwani

The Art Of Bitfulness

Nandan Nilekani and Tanuj Bhojwani in conversation with Monica Nayyar Patnaik.
Hybrid Session

Gourahari Das

Sanghamitra Bhanja

Arabinda Ray

Capturing A Moment, Chronicling A Time

Gourahari Das and Arabinda Ray on Das’s long-running column Jibanara Jalachhabi. In conversation with Sanghamitra Bhanja.
Odia Session

Kunal Basu

Manu Dash

In An Ideal World

Kunal Basu discusses his forthcoming novel with Malavika Banerjee. Launch of Odia translation of Tejaswini and Shabnam by Manu Dash.

RSBS Large Short Films Matinee

Moin Mir

Panchami Manoo Ukil

The Lost Fragrance Of Infinity

Moin Mir in conversation with Panchami Manoo Ukil.

R. Balakrishnan

Sampad Patnaik

Sundar Ganesan

Journey Of A Civilisation — Indus to Vaigai

R. Balakrishnan and Sundar Ganesan. In conversation with Sampad Patnaik.

Ghazala Wahab

Moin Mir

Born A Muslim

Ghazala Wahab and Moin Mir talk about Wahab’s award-winning book. In conversation with Pratiti Ganatra.

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.

Gayatri Saraf

Paramita Satpathy Tripathi

Hiranmayee Mishra

Yashodhara Mishra

Her Story Her Words

Gayatri Saraf, Yashodhara Mishra and Paramita Satpathy Tripathi on their award-winning works. In conversation with Hiranmayee Mishra.
Odia Session

Sonam Kalra


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



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Venue 1

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Rail Auditorium

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