The School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed University organized an enlightening guest lecture on the topic “Sarala Sahityare Lokaupadana Prasanga” on 22nd November 2023. Dr. Naku Handsdah, Assistant Professor from Sambalpur University was invited as the distinguished resource person.

The program commenced with a Welcome Address by Dr. Rasmita Tripathy, Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures at KISS-DU. Dr. Tripathy extended a hearty welcome to the esteemed guests, faculty members, and students present, expressing gratitude to Dr. Naku Handsdah for accepting the invitation to share insights on the chosen topic.

Dr. Naku Handsdah’s lecture focused on the intricate relationship between Sarala Sahitya and the socio-cultural fabric of Odisha. He delved into the various dimensions of “Lokaupadana Prasanga” within Sarala Sahitya, shedding light on the significance of folklore and local narratives embedded in the literary works of Sarala Das. The audience was captivated by Dr. Handsdah’s erudition as he navigated through the historical context and linguistic nuances, providing a comprehensive understanding of the chosen theme.

The lecture served as a platform for intellectual exchange, prompting questions and discussions among the participants. The interactive nature of the lecture fostered a vibrant atmosphere, encouraging attendees to engage with the subject matter. Following the lecture, Dr. Rasmita Tripathy expressed her gratitude to Dr. Naku Handsdah for sharing his valuable insights, emphasizing the importance of such intellectual dialogues in the academic arena. She reiterated the commitment of the School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures at KISS-DU to promote a holistic understanding of literature, culture, and tradition.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, Associate Professor at KISS-DU. Dr. Mohanty expressed heartfelt thanks to Dr. Naku Handsdah for his deliberation.

In conclusion, the invited guest lecture proved to be a thought-provoking and intellectually enriching experience. The event not only deepened the understanding of Sarala Sahitya but also highlighted the rich tapestry of cultural narratives embedded in Odia literature.