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Ratan Tata’s presence adds glitter to low key Founder’s Day celebrations


182nd birth anniversary of JN Tata today

Jamshedpur, March 2: Tata Sons’ Chairman Emeritus, Ratan Tata and Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman arrived in Jamshedpur on Tuesday, March 2 to pay tribute to JN Tata on his 182nd birth anniversary. They were welcomed at Sonari Airport by MD and CEO Tata Steel TV Narendran and VP (CS), Chanakya Chaudhary and other company executives. 

Later in the afternoon Ratan Tata and N Chandrasekaran inaugurated Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA) in Jamshedpur. They also given a guided tour of the facilities provided in the Academy.

Ratan Tata and N. Chandrasekaran then inaugurated GraphITI –Graphene – a joint initiative of Tata Steel and ISWP at Ramadin Bagan. 

At 6 pm,  Ratan Tata and N Chandrasekaran inaugurated the illumination of Jubilee Park. Incidentally the Founder’s statue and some select locations in Jubilee Park have been illuminated but unlike earlier years on this occasion the decorations have been kept out of bounds for public viewing.  They also went to Sir Dorabji Tata Park and the ‘Diamond’ structure set at the entrance fascinated them.

The Company has also illuminated 32 roundabouts and 13 heritage buildings in the city of the Founder’s Dreams as part of the celebration. The light decorations will remain in place from March 2 to March 5. Both, Ratan Tata and Natarajan Chandrasekaran are scheduled to offer their tributes at the bust of the Founder at the Postal Park in Bistupur on March 3.

However the celebrations this year will be low-key owing to prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The celebrations commemorate the vision of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata after whom the steel city took its name more than a century ago. The theme this year is ‘Agile Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’.  

Founder`s Day Celebrations itinerary on March 3

On March 3, Ratan Tata along with Natarajan Chandrasekaran and senior company officials will pay floral tributes to the Founder inside Tata Steel works. The entire programme, commencing at 8 am will be live-streamed for viewing of company employees and a select group of citizens. There will be no floats on display this year and the departmental contingents have been restricted to 12 persons.

The usual pageantry organized in front of the Founder’s statue at Postal Park in Bistupur has been discontinued this year. However, Ratan Tata, Chairman, Emeritus, Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman will pay homage to the Founder and address the citizens of Jamshedpur on this occasion at 9:15 am obn Founder’s Day. They will also visit the Tata Workers’ Union Office at K Road in Bistupur.

Founder’s Day was first introduced by Tata Steel on March 3, 1932. It was D M Madan, Chief Accountant, Tata Iron and Steel Company, who first conceived the idea of observing and celebrating an annual gathering to commemorate the birth anniversary of J.N. Tata. Founder’s Day provides an opportunity to express one’s gratitude and regard in memory of a genius whose faith and adjustment, energy and perseverance saw to the emergence of the works, township and the environs of Jamshedpur that remain enduring witness to the visionary and his dreams..


  1. A warm welcome to our legend Ratan Tata, Sir in Jamshedpur. Due to him I had attended the International Scientific Conference, Vietnam in July’ 2015. When all the doors were closed, he had helped me in getting a travel grant from the Tata Trust. He is the real hero who believes in the action, not in speech like our politicians, who not even dare to reply. He has a real scientific temperament and has courage to help the needy.

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