Odisha State Book Festival, organized by Odisha Language, Literature and Culture Department, Govt. of Odisha, aims to promote the literary and cultural heritage of Odisha, as well as showcase the diversity and richness of books from around the world. Being held in Bhubaneshwar, the fair will also have various cultural programs, seminars, workshops and competitions for the visitors. It is expected to attract thousands of book lovers, publishers, authors and scholars from different parts of India and abroad. Being eastern India’s biggest literary extravaganza centred on Odia culture and literature, the festival brings together the best minds in literature, politics, society, performing arts and changemakers. Featuring hundreds of book publications from all around the world, the festival has produced many celebrated writers, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu and Tarashankar Bandhyopadhyay. Some of the themes that will be explored at the festival are social justice, environmental awareness, cultural diversity and historical perspectives. Speakers from different fields of literature, cinema, media and politics will attend this celebration of culture. The sessions on topics such as Odia literature, women empowerment, media ethics, regional cinema and poetry make it a gateway to the contemporary Odia cultural and literary scenario. Celebrated names like Manoranjan Byapari, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Kabir Bedi, Ram Madhav, Aparna Kartikeyan, Sridala Swami, Aparna Piramal Raje, Madhu Kishwar, Ghazala Wahab, Anil Pradhan, Jubanashwa Mishra, Yatindra Mishra, Anant Vijay, Nanditha Krishna and Parvati Sharma has been part of the festival. Apart from the panel discussions and interviews, the festival will also have some cultural performances to showcase the diversity and richness of Odisha’s folk art forms. For instance, there will be performances of Ram Leela and Gotipua.