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Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2017 concludes at picturesque Victoria Memorial

Kolkata, January 29, 2017
  • Promises to be bigger in the coming years
  • Mr T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel India & SEA, thanks the people of Kolkata for their enthusiastic participation at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet

The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2017, the city’s most-awaited event that recognises and celebrates exchange of ideas and thoughts held in the backdrop of the iconic Victoria Memorial, culminated today with a series of thought-provoking sessions spanning for five days. The audience at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet were treated to thoughtful and engaging discussions involving more than 130 luminaries from the field of literature, films, sports, economics, theatres, and many more in over 90 sessions. The last day of the coveted literary meet, too, witnessed a huge gathering.

Speaking at the valedictory session, Mr T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel India & SEA, thanked the people of Kolkata for their enthusiastic participation at TSKLM. “It is indeed heartening to know that people in such large numbers participate so enthusiastically at this literary meet. We thank all the authors, artists, opinion makers, celebrities and the people of Kolkata making TSKLM a huge success,” Mr Narendran said.

Speaking on the success of this year’s edition of TSKLM, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communication & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, said: “It has been a pleasure to bring this knowledge platform to the people of Kolkata whose enthusiastic participation, which has indeed made TSKLM among the top literary meets in the country. We feel encouraged to make this event bigger and better in the years ahead.”

Prominent authors like Ruskin Bond, Tagore researcher Martin Kampchen, historian Romila Thapar, the multifaceted Ramachandra Guha, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd, William Dalrymple along with several writers and actors of international and national repute graced the event. The audience was also enthralled by free flowing conversations by legends like Rishi Kapoor, Sunil Gavaskar, Abhinav Bindra, Soumitra Chatterjee, P. Chidambaram, and more. The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet was also the occasion when the book lovers got a taste of Paul Beatty, the Man Booker Prize winner for 2016.

Another highlight of the meet was the bringing together writers from two different generations with the mother and daughter duo of Anita and Kiran Desai, Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Nandana Sen and the father-son combination of Shashi and Kanishk Tharoor who enthralled the audience over the five-day literary extravaganza.

The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, 2017 edition was witnessed the first edition of Write Brain Challenge, a short story competition for students. The winners were announced during the concluding ceremony of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, 2017.

People filled the venues at the Victoria Memorial, Bengal Club and Calcutta Club where sessions of the literary were held. Tata Steel is the titled sponsor of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet which is held in association with Victoria Memorial Hall.

About Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (TSKLM)

Beginning in 2015, The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet has hosted the best minds and personalities from the field of literature, art, journalism, cinema and theatre. This year’s edition of the Literary Meet will witness discussions by over 140 authors, thinkers and influencers in more than 90 sessions. The luminaries from the literary world will converge in the city and provide a platform for book reading sessions, discussions, debates, interactive workshops and cultural performances. In the years gone by, TSKLM has witnessed participation of celebrated personalities like Prof. Amartya Sen, Ruskin Bond, Devdutt Pattanaik, Amitav Ghosh, Javed Akhtar, Amish Tripathi, Rajdeep Sardesai, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Sugata Bose, Imtiaz Ali, Najam Sethi, Jairam Ramesh, Nayantara Sehgal, Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt as also award winning actors like Soumitra Chatterjee and Tabu, among others. This year witnessed TSKLM bringing in legends like Anita Desai, Kiran Desai, Paul Beatty, P. Chidambaram, Sashi Tharoor, Tisca Chopra, Kanishk Tharoor, William Dalrymple, Ramachandra Guha and many more.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group stands among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA) and a turnover of US $17.69 billion in FY16. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in over 50 countries. Established in 1907, the Group’s vision is to be the world steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Besides being one of ‘worldsteel’s’ Climate Action members, it has also been awarded the CII ITC Sustainability Prize, the ‘Time India award - 2016’ for ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ , the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant, many times, among several others.

Kulvin Suri
Chief, Corporate Communications, India & SEA
Tata Steel
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