Kolkata : The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2015 concluded on a successful note with a record turnout during its five-day journey of exchange of ideas and thoughts and panel discussions that traversed a wide range of subjects covering education, literature, music and films.
The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2015 showcased some of the best minds and personalities from the field of literature, music, journalism and academics.
The Literary Meet promised to be back next year with a larger canvas of ideas, thoughts and narratives. The concluding session of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet witnessed a lively discussion with noted author Amitav Ghosh in conversation with film actor and theatre personality Rahul Bose.
The session was preceded by an address by Anand Sen, President, TQM & Steel Business at Tata Steel. In his address, Mr Sen said: “We have had five extremely exciting days of exposure to intellectual thought and exchange of ideas, and what better locale than Victoria Memorial and what better city than Kolkata, where the passion for reading still survives.
I am sure all of us will carry back lingering memories which will create an urge to read more and to wait for the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet next year. We shall continue to support the Kolkata Literary Meet and will come back next year on a bigger scale than it was this year”.
The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2015 was inaugurated by the by the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri Kesari Nath Tripathi, and the legendary author Mr Ruskin Bond along with Mr Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director (Corporate and Finance), Tata Steel, on January 23, 2015. TV Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel India & SEA, was present on the January 26, 2015 where he introduced a session Lovely, Dark and Deep – Ruskin Bond and Jeet Thayil in conversation with Sandip Roy.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Narendran said: “We have always supported and partnered with organisations and initiatives that aim to foster and encourage intellectual and cultural pursuits in society. We are committed to deepening our engagement with civil society and the cultural moorings of this region as we move ahead”.
Tata Steel also presented a special session titled ‘Man of Mettle’ that focussed on Russi Mody’s vision and drive for corporate India.
The steel giant dedicated the success of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet to the learned and the august audience who thronged the venue in large numbers to listen to their favorite authors discussing the evolution and journey of literature, cinema and music. Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet witnessed a galaxy of stars from various fields.
Some of the luminaries present during the five-day literary festival were Ms Aliette Armel, literary critic, biographer, novelist and a specialist on Indian literature, Rudrangshu Mukherjee, eminent historian and Founding Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University, Dr Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, Saswata Chatterjee and Abir Chatterjee, noted actors, Dibakar Banerjee, film director, Shubha Mudgal, noted classical vocalist, Aatish Taseer, author, Ms Daman Singh, noted author and daughter of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, noted actors, Raj Kamal Jha, Chief Editor of Indian Express, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, Jeet Thayil, poet, novelist and musician, Raghu Rai, veteran photographer and photo-journalist, and Malavika Karlekar, author, researcher and teacher and many more.