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Naveen rues raw deal for regional literature

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Oct 4:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday lamented the fact that despite the wealth of creative writing produced in regional languages, they hardly get the publicity that they deserve.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the second edition of the Odisha Literary Festival (OLF) organised by the The New Indian Express here, the Chief Minister said regional literature presents a more authentic and faithful account of life in the remote areas.

Patnaik hoped that Odia, a rich and ancient language, would get classical status and join the exclusive club which currently has only five members: Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.

Lauding the efforts of TNIE in organising the festival with a focus on Odia literature, the Chief Minister hoped that the festival would also give due importance to translation in future. “It is only through translation that literature can reach beyond the boundaries of the language that it is written in,” he said.

Editorial Director of TNIE Prabhu Chawla said that the OLF would want to revive Odia literature as that is the real ‘Bharat’. Describing Naveen as a mass leader who is also a loner, Chawla said that he addressed people through his work and not words.

There were 13 sessions in the second edition of the festival in which different aspects of literature were discussed by eminent personalities.