Kalinga Literary Festival to be held in Kathmandu from October 15

New Delhi: Kalinga Literary Festival to host annual Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu (KLF -Kathmandu) on October 15, 16. Annual Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) is one of the leading Literary festivals in World from India, from this year Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) will host Kathmandu edition in Nepal capital city. Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu will strengthen the cultural dialogue, religious as well as literary perspective and prolonged relations between Nepal and India.

Legendary writers from India like Ashok Vajpayee, Sudhir Chandra, Mridula Garg, Arun Kamal, Ranjit Rae , International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree, Anand Nelkanthan, OM Tanvi, Gagam Gill, Malini Awasthi, Yatish Kumar, Dr Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Paramita Satapathy, Noted Bollywood actor, Ashok Maheswari (MD Rajkamal Prakashan), Satyanand Nirupam (Editorial Director, Rajkamal Prakashan Group), Lyricist Piyush Mishra, Raj Sekhar, poet and theatre activist Vyomesh Shukla, Navita Srikant, DG of NGMA, Adwaita Gadanayak, writer Debasis Samantray and others joining the festival as speakers.

From Nepal Acclaimed writer, Journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, Legendary writers like Satya Mohan Joshi, noted poet and folklore expert Tulasi Diwasa, noted artist Ragini Upadhyay, Maya Thakuri, Dr. Jagman Gurung, Dinesh Adhikari,Prof. Gopal Bhandari, Basanta Chaudhary, Prof. Basudev Tripathi, Dhirendra Premarashi, Nayan Raje Pandey, Ashes Malla, Manju Kanchuli Tiwari

Nayan Raje Pandey, Dr. Gyanu Pandey, Tirtha Shrestha and over 150 writers are joining the festival as speakers in this two days extravanza.

Yashaswi Prangya Pratisthan, Himalayan Diary Pvt Ltd, Rastrika Sahitya Pratisthan, Nepal – Kalinga Literary Festival join hand for KLF Kathmandu Edition to celebrate the spirit of Lord Shiva and Gautama Buddha in the context of Nepal-India literary ties. The festival will focus on the glorious traditions of Nepal.

“Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu will showcase literature, music, dance, poetry and other art forms. It will be a lifetime experience for the lovers of literature, Music, Dance, art, poetry. The festival will celebrate the long-standing ties between Nepal and India in the context of the emerging global cultures,” said KLF Founder and Director, Rashmi Ranjan Parida.

Kalinga Literary Festival is a dignified institution in India which has been honoring and promoting distinguished personalities from different regions of India. Along with Members of both the institutions are aiming to organise a multidimensional program in future. Life Insurance Corporation (Nepal) Limited (LIC Nepal) is the title sponsor of the Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu (KLF -Kathmandu) and Surya Nepal is also part of the Kalinga Literary Festival Kathmandu initiative.

“We plan to celebrate great Literary, Spiritual, Cultural Traditions of Nepal, among other aspects, theme of Shiv and Buddha Tatwa and its contribution to South Asia and global literary movements and traditions. The festival will have panel discussions on literature, Art, Culture, History, and showcase artistic traditions from Nepal and India, in addition to the world of Nepalese and Indian art and music,” said Ranjana Niraula, KLF-Kathmandu, Director and Co-Ordinator.

Central Theme of the Festival will be “India & Nepal: Journey of Civilizations and Search for the Soul”.

Possible thematic discussions and performances –

· Panel Discussion on literature, Art, Culture, History

· Panel Discussion on thousands of years old civilizational dialogue between Nepal and India.

· Spirituality, Art, culture, Shiv Tatwa, Ram Katha, Budha

· Pashupatinath to Puri, Kashi to Kathmandu, Bodhgaya to Bodhnath, From Lumbini to Lal Ded and other such interconnections

. Poem of Adikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya, Mahakabi Laxmi Prasad Devkota

· The Love and Protest, the flower and fire in Tulsi Das and Meera Bai’s poems

· The Enchanting Flute, crazy and curious love in Vaishnava songs

· Classical and contemporary, the fusion and the confusion


200 Speakers, poets, artists, performers

30 Panel discussions, debates and conversations

Over 50 International and National Award winners to represent

2 Days, 5 performance, open mic program, heritage walk

New Book to be Launched

This is perhaps the first time in history that literature, culture, art, history will come together to connect the regions of Nepal with those of India. The festival will focus on Spirituality, Art, culture, Shiv Tatwa, Ram Katha, Buddha, Promotion of Nepal and India historical relationship (Pashupatinath to Puri, Kashi to Kathmandu, Bodhgaya to Bodhnath, From Lumbini to Lal Ded and other fruitful ties that have existed for many epochs. These are the mainstream and the marginalized cultures of two vibrant nations on the march. Over 30 Noted writers and cultural figures from India Like to join the KLF Kathmandu. 70 percent speakers will join from host country Nepal in the festival every year.

About Kalinga Literary Festival

Annual Kalinga Literary Festival celebrate the creative spirit of India and commemorate the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside of Odisha and India. Academics, authors, political and social activists, law makers, government officials, corporate leaders, students and people from all walks of life immerse in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival and exchange opinions on their favourite authors and works.

Mystic Kalinga Festival has emerged as an Annual Flagship event in the cultural calendar of India and our focus is to rekindle the romance with literature and foster reading and writing habits, especially among the youth. It offers a national platform with a global appeal and bridges the gap between literature in English and other Indian regional languages.

Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) is one of the most coveted international literary festivals annually held at Bhubaneswar of Odisha, an eastern part of India. Besides the annual program under the aegis of KLF, it has three other popular festivals in its fold: Mystic Kalinga Festival, Kandhamal Literary Festival, Maithili Literary Festival. Annual Kalinga Literary Festival and Mystic Kalinga Festival celebrates the creative spirit of India and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside of Odisha and India.

Authors, academics, policymakers, literary cultural, political and social activists, lawmakers, government officials, corporate leaders, spiritual thinkers, students and people from all walks of life immerse in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival and exchange opinions on their favourite authors and works. Kandhamal Literary Festival is a unique initiative from KLF for mainstreaming tribal literature—and thus expanding its reach and fame across the world. It is well-celebrated for keeping a democratic feature never seen earlier with any other literary festivals, at the grassroot, it is making desirable changes through positive creative interventions.

As the world gripped through the unprecedented crisis with an outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the most severe operational disruptions made it impossible to organise the literary festival physically. In such a testing phase, KLF started a virtual talk series “Bhava Samvad”. KLF Bhava Samvad through about 350-sessions so far, has hosted the most illustrious writers, policymakers, socio-cultural influencers and best creative minds to keep the culture of idea-exchanges fostering. As widely recognised and reported, KLF Bhava Samvad is undoubtedly the most impactful and engaging virtual literary idea platform in India.

KLF Book Awards, established by KLF in 2021 opens up the opportunities to identify, recognise, acknowledge, encourage and honour the literary talents across genres, for both established and new writers. The objective has been to shape the future literary icons.