Bhubaneswar: Eminent poets from India and abroad graced the Mystic Kalinga, international festival of poetry and performances, which got off, here on Friday.

The opening  day of the second edition of Mystic Kalinga showcased various genres of Indian poetry in three poetry recital sessions — multilingual, Odia and Bhakti poetry. Noted poets such as Navaneeta Dev Sen, Sitakanta Mohapatra, Arundhati Subramanian, Saroj Bal read out their poems.

Renowned Indo-Anglican poet Keki N Daruwala and famous Hindi poet as well as cultural critic Ashok Vajpayee discussed about various aspects of poetry writing and Indian culture in the inaugural session. Both said that there must be clear distinction between myth and reality.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the chief guest, discussed Indian mysticism and decoded hidden Indian philosophical messages of life through short tales and stories. The session was moderated by poet Arundhati Subramaniam.
During the discussion, the Sadhguru took different questions from the audience about meditation and yoga being an alternative to curing mental illness and said it has the potential to heal mental illness of certain degrees with constant practice.