SOA Literary Festival


Dr. Sitanshu Yashaschandra

It was an excellent literary event organized with a warm efficiency. Some of the best authors of india attended the festival which will be remembered as a memorable literary and cultural event.

(A poet, playwright, translator, and academic, known for his rich contribution to Indian literature which earned him the Saraswati Samman, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Kabir Samman)

Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay

What a wonderful festival and great organization!

(An Indian career diplomat, Dnyaneshwar Mulay is an acclaimed author and columnist)

Dr. A.J. Thomas

The literary festival was organised by an excellent team which has the potential to attain great heights in the coming years. Special thanks to the volunteers who saw to it that the delegates were comfortable ever so solicitously.

(An Indian poet writing in English and an acclaimed translator of poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose from Malayalam)

Kuldeep Kumar

The two-day SOA Lit-Fest was remarkable because there was, contrary to the current trend, much more lit than fest. All the sessions were conducted with utmost seriousness. This was truly a celebration of words and ideas and not of celebrities. It was truly a memorable event. The organization of the festival and the respectful assistance extended by the volunteers will always remain in my memory.

(A Hindi poet and freelance journalist who writes on political issues and culture in Hindi and English)

Udayan Vajpayee

It was the most satisfying experience to be part of this festival conducted with such great refinement.

(An Eminent Hindi poet, essayist, short-fiction, and script writer.)

Amandeep Sandhu

Personally, this was a great trip to Bhubaneswar. I loved the festival. Congratulations for hosting the event and hospitality accorded to the participants.

(A Punjabi writer and journalist who writes in English.)

Yashodhara Raychowdhury

The high standards set by this program was reminiscent of those organised by the Sahitya Akademi.

(An established name in Bengali poetry.)

Dr. Rita Nath Keshari

Cannot thank you and your team enough for organizing such a grand and memorable literary festival. The celebration of words and ideas elevated our spirits to great heights of contemplation and self-awareness. I thank the student volunteers for their tireless efforts to make our stay very comfortable.

(An acclaimed creative writer, critic, and translator, Dr. Rita Nath Keshari has over 1000 publications in a wide variety of journals and newspapers.)

Pranjal Dhar

I feel very happy while returning to New Delhi from so fine a festival. Learned many basic things about the Odia and overall Indian literature. The sessions were beautiful, accommodation marvelous and humble volunteers always willing to help.

(A Eminent Hindi poet, media analyst, critique, and translator.)

Dash Benhur

Hope the SOA Lit-Fest sows new seeds.

(A Sahitya Akademi award winner writer, essayist.)

Surya Deo

Thanks for organizing a very successful Lit-Fest. I hope you continue the series and wish you all the best.

(A journalist who is better known as an amazing archivist of Odia films, himself an encyclopaedia on Odia cinema.)

Dr. Pritidhara Samal

Congratulations for the success of this nice literary festival. It was well designed and beautifully managed.

(An Eminent voice in Odia Literature.)

Pabitra Mohan Kar

It was an amazing experience to be part of such a beautifully organized Lit-Fest. It was unique in many ways. SOA Lit-Fest seemed to be a mission to reveal the riches of Odia literature to the world. Could not believe that it’s the first edition.

(An Odia Poet, Essayist And Critic.)