Jamshedpur, Jan 21: The 2016 edition of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (TSKLM) was inaugurated at the Victoria Memorial Hall on Thursday in the presence of renowned actor Soumitra Chatterjee and well-known contemporary writer Samaresh Majumdar and Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director (Corporate and Finance), Tata Steel.
A press communiqué issued by the steel major stated that Tata Steel has consistently endeavored to connect with the youth in promoting the culture and heritage of India.
A stepping stone in this direction is the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, which is in alignment with Tata Steel’s corporate philosophy of encouraging and supporting initiatives that aim to foster and encourage intellectual and cultural pursuits in society.
It noted that the City of Joy (Kolkata) is perhaps the place in the country to promote the cultural heritage of our country, as people of this metropolitan have been connecting and engaging with people throughout the globe across generations.
Speaking at the inauguration, Koushik Chatterjee said, “We are very happy to continue our partnership with the Kolkata Literary Meet, which has entered in its fifth year and the second year of our participation.
Tata Steel has a long and rich history of supporting creative art form in and around the communities we serve and the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet is a wonderful platform of celebrating creativity through conversations and deliberations.
We are also honored to have the presence of various luminaries, authors and legends from the creative world at Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet and like last year, the event has a very rich repertoire lined up this year as well. We hope the people of Kolkata will enjoy the events and immerse in creative and intellectual adda over the next few days.”
The inauguration ceremony witnessed an enthralling performance of Rabindranath Tagore’s “Kabuliwalah” in Pashto by the students of Kabul University.
This was followed by a stimulating discussion on history and fiction with noted author Amitav Ghosh. Supriya Chaudhuri, an English scholar, and Mukul Kesavan, a noted historian, also made some interesting contributions to this discussion, which was spear-headed by Jayanta Sengupta.
Started in 2012, the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet has hosted the best minds and personalities from the field of literature, art, journalism and theatre.
This edition of the literary meet will witness over a hundred speakers in more than 60 sessions. The luminaries from the literary world will converge in the city and provide a platform for book reading sessions, discussions, debates, interactive workshops and cultural performances.
TSKLM 2016 will witness participation from celebrated personalities like Prof. Amartya Sen, Ruskin Bond, Devdutt Pattanail, Amitav Ghosh, Javed Akhtar, Amish Tripathi, Rajdeep Sardesai, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Sugata Bose, Imtiaz Ali, NajamSethi, Jairam Ramesh, Nayantara Sehgal and Barkha Dutt alongside Award-winning actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Tabu and many others.