Kolkata, Jan. 29: The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2017, the city’s most-awaited event that recognizes and celebrates exchange of ideas and thoughts held in the backdrop of the iconic Victoria Memorial, culminated today with a series of a thought-provoking sessions spanning for five days.
The audiences at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet were treated to thoughtful and engaging discussions involving more than 130 luminaries from the field of literature, films, sports, economics, theatres, and many more in over 90 sessions. The last day of the coveted literary meet, too, witnessed a huge gathering.
Speaking at the valedictory session, T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel India & SEA, thanked the people of Kolkata for their enthusiastic participation at TSKLM. “It is indeed heartening to know that people in such large numbers participate so enthusiastically at this literary meet. We thank all the authors, artists, opinion makers, celebrities and the people of Kolkata for making TSKLM a huge success,” Narendran said.
Speaking on the success of this year’s edition of TSKLM, Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communication & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, said, “It has been a pleasure to bring this knowledge platform to the people of Kolkata whose enthusiastic participation, which has indeed made TSKLM among the top literary meets in the country. We feel encouraged to make this event bigger and better in the years ahead.”
Prominent authors like Ruskin Bond, Tagore researcher Martin Kampchen, historian Romila Thapar, the multifaceted Ramachandra Guha, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd, William Dalrymple along with several writers and actors of international and national repute graced the event. The audience was also enthralled by free flowing conversations by legends like Rishi Kapoor, Sunil Gavaskar, Abhinav Bindra, Soumitra Chatterjee, P. Chidambaram, and more. The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet was also the occasion when the book lovers got a taste of Paul Beatty, the Man Booker Prize winner for 2016.
Another highlight of the meet was the bringing together of writers from two different generations with the mother and daughter duo of Anita and Kiran Desai, Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Nandana Sen and the father-son combination of Shashi and Kanishk Tharoor who enthralled the audience over the five-day literary extravaganza.
The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, 2017 edition witnessed the first edition of Write Brain Challenge, a short story competition for students. The winners were announced during the concluding ceremony of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, 2017.
People filled the venues at the Victoria Memorial, Bengal Club and Calcutta Club where sessions of the literary were held. Tata Steel is the titled sponsor of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet which is held in association with Victoria Memorial Hall.