Bhubaneswar: In the annual award ceremony of the Kadambini Sahitya Mahotsav and Patrika Haat , The Nilimarani Sahitya Samman 2024 was conferred upon acclaimed author Mridula Garg, and the Kadambini Sahitya Samman 2024 went to writer Bijaya Kumar Nayak, who serves as the Additional Press Secretary to the President of India.
Distinguished writers, including Prof Baishnab Charan Samal, Radhabinod Nayak, Sukamini Nanda, Tulasi Ojha, and Prof Narayan Sahoo, received the Kadambini Sahitya Sambardhana 2024 at the event. The renowned Palla singer Prajnya Rout was also recognized with the Kadambini Sambardhana Award 2024.
During his presidential address, Prof. Shantanu Kumar Acharya suggested the incorporation of specific themes in the annual Kadambini Sahitya Mahotsav, aiming to enhance literary discussions through structured discourse. Dr. Achyuta Samanta, the Founder of Kadambini, extended a warm welcome to esteemed speakers, with Dr. Itirani Samanta, Editor of Kadambini, delivering the vote of thanks. Dr. A. Samanta highlighted the significant role of the Patrika Haat in amplifying the voices of small publications across Odisha.
A noteworthy moment during the festival was the unveiling of the January issue of Kadambini and the children’s magazine, KuniKatha, with cover page models adding charm to the occasion.
The felicitation ceremony was marked by heartfelt expressions of gratitude from awardees Mridula Garg and Bijaya Kumar Nayak, who acknowledged Dr. Samanta’s groundbreaking educational initiatives, particularly praising the unique nature of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
Renowned writer Anita Agnihotri, a former bureaucrat from the Odisha cadre, commended KIIT for nurturing the little magazine movement through Patrika Haat.
The festival also welcomed guests from the film industry, with director-producer Sandeep Singh expressing his commitment to promote Odisha’s rich cultural heritage through cinematic endeavors. Actor Abhay Verma praised KIIT as an institution that shapes individuals into conscientious human beings, and veteran Gujarati film producer Vinod Ganatra lauded the festival’s essence, commending KIIT for championing quality education.
The Kadambini Literary Fest emerged as a vibrant celebration of literary diversity, cultural richness, and educational empowerment, fostering a collaborative spirit among luminaries and enthusiasts alike. The festival showcased a diverse tapestry of literature and culture, bringing together literary figures from various creative realms. The day featured a youth literary fest, a session on poetry and poems, and a children’s literature festival.