Koraput: Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on Monday opined that a writer’s pen is more powerful than Trishula of Lord Shiba and Sudarsan of Lord Krishna and the purpose of literature is to prosper the world.
The Governor while attending the valedictory ceremony of the Second Koraput Literary Festival (KLF) at Tribal Museum here said that the writers should use their inherent quality for development of human civilization.
“Only a literary person can transform this world into a heaven. There is no salvation after death. Sahitya will teach us how to attain salvation here on the earth,” said the Governor.
Odia Language, Literature, Culture and Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi also graced the closing ceremony.
The second edition of KLF was organised by leading media and publishing house Odia Media Private Limited on October 20 and 21. The two-day national festival witnessed a huge gathering of celebrated authors, thinkers, policymakers, politicians, social activists and intellectuals from across the country. Odia Media Pvt Ltd founder Subhransu Panda also spoke.
Award winning documentary “Kotpad Weaving” was screened in the presence of noted weaver Padma Shri Gobardhan Panika.
The Governor also conferred Dr Gourahari Das with Koraput Literary Award 2019 (Fiction) and noted poet Bipin Nayak with Koraput Literary Award 2019 (Poetry). The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 21,000 each with a citation, a memento and a Geeta Gobinda Khandua.