The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Human Resource Development Cell (HRDC), in collaboration with the Odia Programme, School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures of KISS Deemed to be University, jointly organized a Distinguished Invited Lecture on the topic “Spirituality in Odia Literature” (ଓଡିଆ ସାହିତ୍ୟରେ ଆଧ୍ୟାତ୍ମିକତା) on 4th March 2024. The event aimed to explore the profound spiritual elements embedded within Odia literature, elucidating its cultural and philosophical significance.

The event commenced with a Welcome Address by Dr. Nibedita Mohanty, Associate Professor of Odia, School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, KISS Deemed to be University. In her address, Dr. Mohanty emphasized the rich heritage of Odia literature, spanning centuries of cultural evolution. She highlighted the intrinsic connection between spirituality and Odia literature, underscoring how the spiritual ethos permeates various genres and themes, providing insights into the spiritual consciousness of Odisha.

Following the welcome address, Dr. Nibedita Mohanty introduced the Invited Speaker of the Day, Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Associate Professor, Post Graduate Department of Odia, Kolhan University, Chaibasa. Dr. Mohapatra, a distinguished scholar in Odia literature, brought forth his erudition and insights into the topic, enriching the gathering with his discourse on spirituality in Odia literature.

Dr. Mohapatra’s lecture delved into the intricate interplay between spirituality and literary expressions in Odia literature. He expounded upon various literary works, ranging from ancient classics to contemporary writings, elucidating how spiritual themes are interwoven with societal narratives, moral teachings, and philosophical inquiries. Dr. Mohapatra’s comprehensive analysis shed light on the nuanced understanding of spirituality embedded within Odia literary traditions, fostering a deeper appreciation for its cultural significance.

The event culminated with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Rasmita Tripathy, Associate Professor and Dean, School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, KISS Deemed to be University. Dr. Tripathy expressed her gratitude to the organizers, participants, and the esteemed speaker for their contributions to the success of the event. She highlighted the importance of such scholarly engagements in fostering intellectual discourse and promoting cultural heritage. Dr. Tripathy reiterated the commitment of KISS Deemed to be University towards promoting research and academic endeavors aimed at preserving and propagating the rich legacy of Odia literature.

In conclusion, the Distinguished Invited Lecture on “Spirituality in Odia Literature” provided a platform for scholars and enthusiasts to delve into the spiritual dimensions of Odia literary heritage. The event served as a testament to the enduring relevance and profound insights offered by Odia literature in understanding the spiritual ethos of Odisha.