Culturally among the richest states of India, Odisha has always been at the forefront of iconic works of Indian literature, from Jaydev’s Gita Govinda, to Sarala Das’ Mahabharata, to the path-breaking works of poets such as Sitakant Mahapatra and Ramakanta Rath, and fiction writers such as Prativa Ray in the modern era.
It is to celebrate this immense richness that the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (BLM) was launched in 2016, with the inaugural edition held at the Lalit Kala Akademi on January 9 and 10, 2016.
The idea was to pay homage to the best of Odia literature, while also going beyond the confines of the purely literary and bringing on board such varied areas of interest as theatre, dance, music, cinema, journalism, and politics, all of which directly or indirectly affect literary pursuits.
Among the participants at the inaugural edition were Devdutt Pattanaik, Arabinda Behera, Rajdeep Sardesai, Derek O’Brien, Avirook Sen, Nil Madhab Panda, Sugata Bose, and Anant Mahapatra.
Some of those faces will be seen again on January 20 and 21, 2017, at the Trident, joined by a host of new ones, as Tata Steel BLM returns in a bigger and even more inclusive avatar.