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Tata Steel literary meet takes off in Bhubaneswar

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The fourth edition of Tata Steel Literary Meet (TSBLM) has kicked off here that seeks to promote Odisha's rich cultural heritage, organizers said.

The three-day festival was inaugurated by celebrated Jayanta Mahapatra on Friday, in the presence of a host of distinguished personalities including writers, poets, historians and actors.

Besides celebrating and trying to promote the rich cultural heritage of Odisha, the meet also seeks to explore the impact of literature on culture, the organizers said.

Mahapatra, the feted and proponent of Odia Literature, who is also the first Indian English to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award, spoke about how poetry allows him to understand reality.

Noting that literature is becoming more accessible in digital age, he encouraged budding authors to draw inspiration from adversities they face and use technology to their advantage to express creativity and imagination.

The inaugural session of the festival saw celebrated discuss Mahatma Gandhi's relationship with

is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand nephew.

mesmerised the audience as she reminisced her portrayal of iconic literary characters on screen.

"It is wonderful to see the support the Literary Meet has received from the people. It is their enthusiasm and love for literature, creative pursuits and debate that motivates and encourages us to make future events even bigger and better," said Anand Sen, of TQM (Total Quality Management) and Steel Business,

Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said, "Tata Steel's Literary Meets are one of the ways in which we build and celebrate talent".

Participants at this year's meet include Ruskin Bond and Rekha Bhardwaj, among others.

The festival also offers a platform to pay homage to the best of Odia sessions to discuss Gandhi in Odisha, legacy of Fakir a century after his demise, 'Becoming Odia' and other issues, feature prominently in the festival, a release said.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 16:45 IST
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