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5th Tata Steel Literary Meet in Odisha Concludes on a High

Bhubaneswar, January 12, 2020

The 5th edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) 2020 concluded here today while delivering on its promise of celebrating the creative arts. From literature to theatre, music to cinema – TSBLM brought together a gamut of artistes from Odisha and beyond for engaging and enriching sessions on a host of relevant topics.

Committed to celebrating the language and culture of Odisha, the final day of TSBLM included sessions celebrating Odia poetry. A captivating session with city poets such as Chitta Ranjan Mishra, Sonali Sahu and Sarita Naik was followed by performances by Gayatribala Panda and Manu Dash. Dash had earlier kicked off the day’s events with a panel discussion on the Odia translation of Chandrahas Choudhury’s Arzee the Dwarf, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Award.

Of the many highlights of the day was Anand Neelakantan’s session on how modern readers resonate with the grey characters of the epics. Acclaimed author Kunal Basu spoke about his new book, Saorjini’s Mother, while celebrated journalist Bachi Kakaria enthralled the audience at the venue while recalling her reportage of criminal cases that captured the nation’s imagination.

The literary extravaganza, which promotes all avenues of creative pursuit, concluded with a spellbinding performance by Biswa Kalyan Rath. In his inimitable comedic style, Rath held the hundreds gathered for his performance mesmerised as he presented his unique perspective on topical subjects that connect with today’s youth.

From the inauguration of the event and keynote address by Lord Meghnad Desai and heartwarming anecdotes from Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia’s rich life, to the scintillating performances of veteran actor Amol Palekar and new age spoken word poetry from Priya Malik – the past three days of the TSBLM saw packed audiences who engaged in pertinent dialogue with the delegates.

“The response to the fifth edition of TSBLM has been tremendous, and this encourages us to make future events bigger and better. We have been supporting literary pursuits and art in society for several decades and it is to this end that we have been organising Literary Meets in this region. It has been a privilege for Tata Steel to be able to host this event and I thank the ever-supportive people of
Odisha for their participation,” said Kulvin Suri, Chief, Corporate Communications – India and SEA, Tata Steel.

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Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000. Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards including the Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant – a first in India, Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator  (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel