The day kicked off with enthusiastic children flocking to the fair, engaging in a lively atmosphere of fun and exciting competitions. Activities included a Speech Competition on the topic ‘Swachh Bharat’ and a captivating storytelling session titled ‘सुनो सुनाऊँ एक कहानी.’ Moreover, young participants showcased their artistic skills in a drawing competition themed around ‘My day in Sambalpur Book Fair,’ providing a creative avenue to express their fair experiences through art.
The concluded literary session featured a captivating ‘Meet the Author’ rendezvous, showcasing esteemed personalities like Shri Sadananda Tripathy (Odisha Sahitya Akademi awardee), with Dr Shyam Bhoi leading the discussion. Additionally, attendees delved into an empowering and insightful discourse on the topic ‘Odia Bhasha-Suraksha Andolan: the role of Sambalpur,’ chaired by Dr Chhayakanta Sarangi and Shri Deepak Kumar Panda, providing a thought-provoking literary experience.
Educationalist Shri Aurobindo Mahapatra and Para-Badminton player Shri Pramod Bhagat graced the occasion, honouring Teachers, Student Achievers, and sharing words of encouragement. Their distinguished presence added a touch of excellence, inspiring all present with valuable insights and commendations for the participants.
Today’s cultural festivities captivated the audience with a mesmerising performance, by the space folk ensemble from Jammu and Kashmir showcasing the rich and traditional dance form. The evening continued to unfold with a soulful musical presentation by Shashwat Tripathy and group, adding a harmonious touch to the vibrant cultural experience at the Sambalpur Book Fair.
Sunday promises a delightful array of activities at the Sambalpur Book Fair, starting with engaging events in the children’s corner. Participants can join the “Best of Waste” craft workshop, echoing the call of Namami Gange, followed by a captivating storytelling session titled ‘रंग बिरंगी, कहानी की दुनिया’ and a poetry recitation competition on the topic ‘मेरा भारत मेरा गर्व’. The literary discussions are set to feature distinguished children’s litterateurs in the ‘Meet the Author’ session, including Shri Dash Benhur (Sahitya Akademi awardee), Dr Rajkishore Padhi, and Shri Manas Ranjan Samal (Odisha Sahitya Akademi awardee). The final literary session will explore the theme ‘Gangadhar & Bhima Bhoi: Two Voices of Western Odisha,’ with prominent researchers and professors, namely Prof Ashok Kumar Dash, Dr Satyananda Swain, and Dr Pradeep Kumar Panda. The cultural performances will showcase a diverse range of talents, including various presentations by school students, the traditional ‘Dhap’ folk dance, and a retro Bollywood musical by Kupur Shadap from Shillong. This amalgamation of cultural performances is poised to be a lively celebration, showcasing the rich and diverse cultural heritage from different states.