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Tata Steel Literary Extravaganza Kicks Off to Celebrate Constructive Dialogue

Ranchi, February 01, 2020

Third edition of Jharkhand Literary Meet to highlight regional and global literature, art and culture

Returning to one of India’s most culturally-rich states, the third edition of the Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet (TSJLM) was inaugurated here today to a packed audience. The two-day festival, which celebrates and seeks to promote this rich heritage, was inaugurated by celebrated Hindi author Ms Mridula Garg and Mr Avneesh Gupta, Vice President, TQM & Shared Services, Tata Steel.

“From 2017, TSJLM has drawn premier authors and speakers not just from Jharkhand and the region, but from across India and the world. The event has grown from strength to strength with a consistently high quality of participants and an inherent connection with local cultural ethos. I am sure this year’s edition will once again celebrate unexplored ideas and unstoppable voices,” said Tata Steel’s Mr Gupta.

In her inaugural speech Ms Garg, one of the foremost Hindi authors of the country with nearly thirty published books, spoke on the importance of tolerance and dialogue. Ms Garg then spoke about her journey of over 45 years and her fearless approach to writing. Known for her direct and gripping stories, Ms Garg’s inspiring session was peppered with anecdotes from her eventful life.

This was followed by a session with Mr Ruskin Bond, a living legend and the most recognized contemporary English author of the country. The audience was packed with students who had travelled from across the state to listen to their literary hero. Mr Bond spoke about the evolution of his seminal literary character Rusty and his experience of bringing the quiet and imaginative boy to life in the hills of Dehradun.

There was also a flavor of Bollywood with renowned actor couple Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak engaging with the audience in the last session of the day. The veteran thespians talked about the decades’ long journey in the world of films and gave the audience a rare peek into their world. The first day of the two-day extravaganza ended on a high with Afterwords – a unique part of the Tata Steel Literary Meets that includes musical, theatrical and other artistic performances. Singing sensation Sonam Kalra enthralled those gathered with her soulful renditions accompanied by her one-of-a-kind Sufi Gospel Project.

Tomorrow promises to be another exhilarating day at TSJLM with a host of eminent authors and artistes including Nemat Sadat, Avij Chanda and Gaurahari Das. Legendary singer Usha Uthup will also be in attendance to talk about her biography Ullas Ki Naav. This edition of TSJLM will be brought to a close with Pankaj Kapur’s dramatic reading of his novel Dopehri.

About Tata Steel

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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