Sixth edition of Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet ends on a musical note



Bhubaneshwar: The sixth edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Gathering concluded today after three days of discussions, dialogues and engaging cultural performances spread across a range of topics from literature to technology, films to music, And much more. The closing session was a magical affair for award-winning singer Sonal Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project who performed moving compositions at the Rail Auditorium. The annual Tata Steel Literary Festival, which returned to the city after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, saw some of the region’s and country’s finest authors, poets, comedians, musicians and artists share their valuable ideas and experiences.

The last day of the Literary Gathering began with a session between Infosys co-founder, Nandan Nilekani and his co-author, Tanuj Bhojwani, who talked about their new book “The art of Bitfulness”. The dialogue saw strong participation from the audience who were intrigued by how we can maintain a difference between work and home in a rapidly digitizing world where we are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. This was followed by a discussion with Gianluca Rubagotti, Italy’s General Counsel in India, and legendary Odissi and Chhau dancer Ileana Citaristi on the impact of Italian culture on India. Actors Rahul Bose and Jayant Kripalani discussed how lately the web series format has been dominating the entertainment industry and its impact on the big screen. Renowned wildlife writer Bikram Grewal launched his new book “Wildlife in India” and discussed the trend of wildlife tourism in the world after the pandemic.

Sambad Group Executive Director Tanaya Patnaik chatted with Rahul Bose and Jayant Kripalani on the topic – “Is OTT going to kill or revive the feature film” during the literary meet. The rise of web series and its impact on the big screen was also part of the discussion.

This was followed by a session with former IAS officer and current Chief Adviser to the Office of the Chief Minister in Odisha R Balakrishnan, who has worked for 30 years on the origin of the Dravidians and the prehistory of the Tamilians and of the Indus Valley Civilization. . He interacted with Tony Joseph and Sampad Patnaik on A Civilization’s Journey. Women’s writing has been celebrated and discussed in all of Tata Steel’s literary gatherings, and in this edition, Sahitya Akademi winner Yashodhara Mishra spoke with Sanghamitra Mishra and Hiranmayee Mishra about women writers writing on issues feminine. The final session at the Bhubaneswar Club, the venue for this year’s literary gathering, could not have been with an exciting discussion celebrating Satyajit Ray’s centenary year. Iconic actor Dhritiman Chatterjee was joined by Susant Mishra, Kapilas Bhuyan and Surya Deo for an engaging dialogue on the master’s works.

Sarvesh Kumar, Head of Corporate Communications, Tata Steel, India & South East Asia, said: “The response to the sixth edition of the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet has been heartwarming, and it encourages us to make future events bigger and better. We have been supporting free thought and debate in society for several decades and it is for this purpose that we organize Literary Meetings in this region. It was a privilege for Tata Steel to be able to host this event and I thank the people of Odisha who have always supported me for their participation.

Festival director Malavika Banerjee said, “We are really happy to see the intense involvement of the culturally rich people of Odisha and their love for literature and culture. We hope to return next year with even greater vigor and promise to entertain and captivate Bhubaneswar’s dynamic audience.



Grover Z. Barnes