During the pandemic, the Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) had launched its virtual literary venture — ‘KLF Bhava Samvad’ — on May 17, 2020.
At a time when the world was switching to digital mode, KLF decided to continue the celebration of literary spirit with Bhava Samvad by adapting to the same. It has now completed more than 400 online engaging sessions in a span of two years, reaching to over five million viewers.
Rashmi Ranjan Parida, founder-director of Kalinga Literary Festival and Mystic Kalinga Festival, recalled, “We started with the thought that literature can recreate hope and positivity in people during the crisis. Eventually, the initiative touched many hearts and minds. We envision making the forum even bigger and one of its kind for literature, art and culture lovers.”
Major names who have been part of the KLF Bhava Samvad include Amish Tripathi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Arundhati
Subramaniam, Amitav Ghosh, Lord Meghnad Desai, Bibek Debroy, Swami Mukundanand, Sandeep Agarwal, Pavan Varma, Pankaj Chaturvedi, Tanushree Podder, Durjoy Datta, Sanjay Jha, Ravi Venkatesan, Sandeep Dutt, Gautam Chintamani, Deepak MR, Jayanti Ranganathan, Abhay Mishra, Saiswaroopa Iyer, Rana Safavi, Rituparna Chatterjee, Shubhrastha, Sanchit Gupta, Dwarika Prasad Uniyal, Anuj Lugun, Venkat Raghavan and many more.