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The three-day festival, which celebrates and seeks to promote the rich heritage of Odisha, was inaugurated by renowned children's author Ruskin Bond and Odia literary exponent Manoj Das along with Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communications and Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor of 'Sambad'.
Das, an award-winning author, spoke about his journey tracing seven decades of the country through his writings.
He also talked about how budding authors should draw inspiration from the adversities they face while writing while expressing concern over how creative imagination was being challenged by the evolution of technology.
Bond, whose much-anticipated presence at the event was evident in the large number of young students in attendance, spoke about his journey of being "an unknown author to a reasonably well-known author".
A veritable icon for children even today, Bond responded to the deluge of questions from students of the city's schools with his inimitable charm. The students were also captivated by Tully's reflections on how the country he calls home had changed over the decades he has spent documenting it.
"As part of our corporate philosophy at Tata Steel, we have always believed in promoting sports, art, and literature. Over the past three editions of the TSBLM, we have seen the event grow exponentially and the response from the people of the city has been tremendous, now becoming a much-awaited part of Bhubaneshwar's cultural calendar. We seek to make TSBLM bigger and better with each passing year," said Chaudhary.
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