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Tata Steel’s Literary Extravaganza Inaugurated by Icons of Intellectual Pursuit

Bhubaneswar, January 10, 2020

~ Lord Meghnad Desai and Perumal Murugan inaugurate the 3-day celebration ~

Bhubaneswar, January 10, 2020: The 5th edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM) was inaugurated today to a packed audience. The three-day festival, which celebrates and seeks to promote the rich heritage of the region, was inaugurated by renowned economist Lord Meghnad Desai and literary scholar Perumal Murugan. They were joined by Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel. In his keynote address, Lord Desai spoke about how recent developments across geographies are shaping the world as we stand at the cusp of the new decade. This was followed by a session of the translation of the seminal Odia book on the political emancipation of women, Basanti, by noted scholars of Odia culture Anant Mahapatra, Himansu Mohapatra and Malabika Roy. The day ended with an engaging performance by YouTube sensation and spoken word performer Priya Malik.


Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said: “As part of Tata Steel’s corporate philosophy, we have always believed in promoting sports, art, literature and culture. From its first year in 2016, TSBLM has drawn premier authors and speakers not just from Odisha, but from across India and the world. The event has grown from strength to strength, becoming an integral part of Bhubaneswar's annual cultural calendar 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.”

Other eminent speakers and performers who will be a part of this year’s literary extravaganza include living legend of Hindustani classical music Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia; renowned thespian Amol Palekar; doyen of Indian journalism Bachi Karkaria; icons of Odia literature Paramita Satpathy Tripathy and Dr. Gourahari Das, acclaimed actor-director Nandita Das; and, stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath.

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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