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Tata Steel’s Literary Meet Series Concludes on a high with Mind Master Viswanathan Anand

Jamshedpur, February 08, 2020

~ Curtain Call event draws in hundreds for Chess Legend’s exclusive book launch ~

~ Over 55,000 people attend Literary Meets in Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi ~

After highly successful Literary Meets this year in Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi, the Tata Steel Literary Series for 2020 came home to Jamshedpur for the season’s ‘Curtain Call’. India’s first Grandmaster who has inspired generations of champions, Mr Viswanathan Anand, enthralled the packed hall at the city’s Beldih Club with a rare insight into his life.

“It’s fitting that we have the Curtain Call for the 2020 Literary Meet series here in Jamshedpur. This year we’ve seen a best-ever turn out in the three events at Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi. The overwhelming response, level of engagement and positive feedback we have received from literary enthusiasts has been very gratifying,” said Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel.

Releasing his book, Mind Master, Mr Anand said, “While the book is biographical, it is a slightly different format. Instead of a linear flow of events from the start of my career, the book covers lessons in my journey that I have found to be the most important. It also covers tournaments that have been great learning experiences for me.” India has 65 grandmasters today, but it was not the case 23 years ago when Anand became India’s 1st grandmaster in December 1987. Since then, the five-time world champion has been an inspirational ambassador of the sport.

Earlier in the day, Mr Anand interacted with over 200 children from the city including several from the Tata Steel Chess Centre who have represented the country at the international stage. The excitement was palpable as the young chess enthusiasts interacted with their hero at the JRD Stadium.

The day marked the end of the Tata Steel Literary Meet series for 2020. Starting with the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet from January 11-13, followed by the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet from January 22-26 and the Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet in Ranchi from February 1-2. The events this year have seen packed audiences entertained by a host of icons of literature and other artistic pursuits. The sessions were filled with engaging dialogue and thought-provoking debate on a host of relevant and contemporary issues.

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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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel