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Kalinga Literary Festival ‘Bhava Sambad’ completed 50 sessions and reached over 9 lakh views

KLF Bhav Sambad also intends to connect various kinds of audiences by touching all issues in and around human lives.

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The feisty nonagenarian writer who hails from the Nehru-Gandhi legacy of freedom struggle was at the KLF Bhava Samvad to discuss her journey as a child of the freedom struggle, growing up in the Nehruvian era and as a writer reflecting on the contemporary times.

Sahgal was in conversation with Kedar Mishra, an eminent art critic and political analyst. The discussion covered the writer's early days of education and how she got inspired by GandhiJi. She lost her father Ranjit Sitaram Pandit in her teens and her mother Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was a strong force of support.

Talking about how the transition in politics has inspired her writings, she highlighted that her novel characters continue to reflect the contemporary times. She stressed that as writers it's incumbent upon them to reflect the social reality. She cited how she wrote against the policies of Indira Gandhi and criticised the emergency and as a result was denied a posting to Italy as an ambassador.

She shared how idealism of the freedom struggle fused with Gandhian ideas of Non-Violence Struggle contin-ues to provide Oxygen and why she does not fear to criticise any government for their policies and ideologies.

Youtube link of session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mvclh5-fblw

Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF), a premier literary festival of India has initiated an online literary webinar series as the entire nation has come to standstill because of Covid19 lockdown and has witnessed precarious scenarios touching all strata of life.

The KLF has launched 'KLF Bhava Sambad', an online dialogue platform to bring poets, writers, thinkers, philosophers, public intellectuals, spiritual masters, researchers, performers, and common citizens to reflect upon the lives and emotions around us during this lockdown and beyond. The platform has successfully conducted 51 sessions so far, reached over 9 lakh views. Sessions at KLF Bhava Samvad has covered subjects as diverse like the creative process of writing, literature, climate change, psychological wellbeing and compassion in these challenging times, the art of poetry, technology, music, mythology, mysticism and technology etc. The series has hosted nearly 100 speakers including Nayantara SEHGAL,

Amish Tripathy, K Sachidanndan, Koral Dasgupta, Dr. Pratibha Ray, Anand Neelkanthan, Bhanumathi Nara-simhan, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Sunil Kothari, Shantnu Gupta, Anita Agnihotri, Paul Sukirta Kumar, Padma Shree Haldhar Nag, Rajita Kulkarni, Subroto Bagchi, Dr. Farouk Gulsara, Daya Dissanayake , Monideepa Sa-hu , Aminur Rahman, Chador Wangmo, Praksh Subedi , Bala Venkatswara Rao, Saiswaroopa Iyer and oth-ers.

The KLF, a pioneer in changing the perception of art and literary meet and discourse in India, has been a front-runner in bringing transformational changes to such events. KLF Corner, another format of the festival launched last year, is already immensely popular among book lovers. KLF Bhav Sambad also intends to connect various kinds of audiences by touching all issues in and around human lives and emotions.such as mysticism, spirituality, public policy, feminism, poetry and human consciousness, human emotions in storytelling, children literature, art world in post Covid19 world etc.

Speaking about the initiative, Rashmi Ranjan Parida, founder of the KLF said, “COVID-19 has affected everyone everywhere. When people have been homebound, quarantined, nature seems to have regenerated. KLF Bhava Sambad is a small step to rekindle the literary spirit at the time of disillusionment.” Going forward, the digital discourse platform of KLF will be held every weekend, added Parida.


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