Kalinga Literary Festival 
Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Kalinga Literary Festival 

Kalinga Literary Festival 

Looking back at the glorious history of the ancient Kalinga kingdom and its connections with Odisha is the Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF), which “attempts to bridge the path between the glorious past and future filled with possibilities”. The three-day annual festival celebrates the sixth Indian classical language, Odia, and its literature and history, as well as the literary diversity of the state.

Authors, thinkers and cinematic luminaries participate in conversations at the Kalinga Literary Festival, which was first held in 2014 and has now become a flagship event in the state’s cultural calendar. Mark Tully, H. S. Shiv Prakash, Arshia Sattar, Perumal Murugan, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Ravish Kumar, T. M. Krishna, Boria Majumdar, Chandan Pandey, Siddhanta Mohapatra, Dr. Sanjeev Chopra, Anu Choudhury, Chinki Sinha and Geetika Kohli are just a few of the writers who have been part of previous editions of the festival.  

The latest edition of the festival was held between 24 and 26 February 2023. 

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How To Get There

How to reach Bhubaneswar

1. By Air: Biju Patnaik Airport is the main domestic airport and is located about 3 km from the city. Travellers can get flights from metros such as Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata to Bhubaneswar flights.

2. By Rail: Bhubaneswar Railway Station is the main railway station of the city and is situated in the centre of city. Superfast and other passenger trains are easily available from this station. You can get trains to Guwahati, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and many other cities.

3. By Road: To get into and around the city, you can get various modes of transport such as buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. Bhubaneswar Bus Station is 8 km from the city centre, you can take buses operated by Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC). Private buses are also easily available from there.

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  • Charging booths
  • Free drinking water
  • Gendered toilets
  • Live streaming
  • Non-smoking
  • Parking facilities
  • Seating
  • Virtual festival


  • Wheelchair access

Items & Accessories to Carry

1. A light jacket or shawl. December is the first winter month in Bhubaneswar when temperatures dip as low as 15.6°C.

2. A study water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and allows water bottles to be taken into the festival venue.

3. A pen. Authors are often available for signing books and may not always have a pen at hand. Also, if you already have books from the visiting authors on your bookshelf that you want to get signed, you could carry them too.

4. A tote bag for all those books and brochures you may want to lug back home.

5. Cash and cards. Most literature festivals have bookstalls selling books of invited authors. It’s always a good idea to carry debit/credit cards as well as cash in case technology fails us or if you want to avail of cash discounts that they offer on the spot.

6. COVID packs: Sanitiser, extra masks, and a copy of your vaccination certificate at the bare minimum are objects you should keep handy.

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