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Highlights of the Day
Rabindranath Tagore’s eternal short story ‘Kabuliwalah’, immortalized by the students of Kabul University. The beautiful play directed by Ahmad Samim Farahmand, left the audience spellbound and everyone’s emotions were on the brink!

Sights

  • Inauguration of #TataSteelKalam ‘16
    “At Tata Steel, it is our endeavour to associate with events that help to leverage the ethos of the communities" – Koushik Chatterjee, GED, Finance and Corporate, Tata Steel at the inauguration of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet '16.

  • History and Fiction
    “Great historians began writing history after reading historical fiction. It makes the past alive. When I was studying history, there were social scientists alive… They didn’t read fiction.” - Amitav Ghosh Supriya Chaudhuri, Amitav Ghosh and Mukul Kesavan discuss the history in fiction and fiction in history. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta

  • Soumitra Chatterjee
    “TSKLM has given our new generation an opportunity to appreciate diverse language and literature.”


Coming Up Tomorrow
The Lost Action Hero
Imtiaz Ali and Aditya Vikram Sengupta discuss why the new Hindi film hero fights less and talks more. In conversation with Devapriya Roy

​​Discovering Your Gita
Devdutt Pattanaik on how the Gitacan teach each of us anew. In conversation with Debanjan Chakrabarti

Highlights of the Day
The second day of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet '16 began with a lot of energy; with notable figures in the field of arts and culture coming together to talk about a range of subjects. One of the first sessions dealt with the topic of “The Lost Action Hero”, where Imtiaz Ali and Aditya Vikram Sengupta discuss why the new Hindi film hero fights less and talks more.

Aditya Vikram Sengupta opened the session with his favourite action hero – Mithun Chakraborty and his film Karam Dharam.

“Certain things get redundant, it is important that substance together with noise, makes a film complete.” - Aditya Vikram at Kolkata Literary Meet 2016.

While Imtiaz Ali presented his point on how Indian lead- male or female, are increasingly relatable to the way we live our lives.

Devdutt Pattanaik spoke about how the Gita can teach each of us anew.

“Buddhism talks about withdrawing from life, the Hindu tradition focusses on a householder's view of the world. Gita enables us to participate in everyday life in an enlightened way” - Devdutt Pattnaik at Kolkata Literary Meet 2016.

The event also touched on the subject of section 377 and the LGBT community where Manabi Bandopadhyay, Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee and Sudarshan Chakravorty spoke about whether Kolkata is freer or more conservative about LGBT issues.

Sights

  • Tagore is a figure of world literature. The age of digitalization, besides translation of his work into several national and international languages including German, Swedish, Korean and others are indicative of its ever-increasing reach. A lot of new generation teachers, students and interested readers of Bengali literature are taking keen interest in works of the yesteryears.

  • Aparna Santhanam and Shunali Shroff talk about women's role in modern society and how it has affected contemporary literature.

  • One of the most gripping sessions of the day was “ Her story of partition” where Srijit Mukherji, Farah Ghuznavi, Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar and Anam Zakaria discussed partition through the eyes of women.

  • The last and the most exciting session of the day was on the subject of fictional and real challenges on Bengal’s coastline with Amitav Ghosh which took place under the ​​starry night with a view of the beautifully lit Howrah bridge

  • “In the Indian way, Gods are supposed to be role models whom we can learn from. Each God is a representative of a way of life and we learn about strengths and challenges of that way of life.” Amish talks about mythological characters like Shiva and Rama from ancient Indian epics and which one of them is easier for young readers to understand.


Coming Up Tomorrow
Kolkata in My Art:
Sharmila Tagore, Sarnath Banerjee, K.R. Meera, Jayant Kripalani, Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Rudrangshu Mukherjee on the muse called Calcutta

​​Country of First Boys:
Amartya Sen and Sugata Bose discuss the changing aspirations and goals of India

Highlights of the Day

Dark Cities: Sharmila Tagore and Kunal Basu

The Tyranny of Distance: Rajdeep Sardesai

“Somehow we manage to take everybody along. So much keeps happening all the time. And everyone has an opinion about everything.” ~Sharmila Tagore talks about Calcutta being the city which has affected her the most with Kunal Basu at the Dark Cities session.

The Tyranny of Distance: Rajdeep Sardesai "My generation knew Jharkhand as Tata Steel. This generation knows Jharkhand as Dhoni." Rajdeep Sardesai talks about how the portrayal of Mumbai and NCR by media, defines the face of the country at a global level.


Country of First Boys: Amartya Sen and Sugata Bose

“Our economic progress has not really been spent on social security - on education or health care.” Amartya Sen & Sugata Bose discuss the changing aspirations and goals of India at Country of First Boys #TataSteelKalam

Sights

  • Rachel Moran
    “When poor woman go hungry, it's are duty as a society to help them rather than be sexually molesting them.” - Rachel Moran, author of famous book 'Paid For', talks about the devious sex trade industry and shares her personal experiences with the audience in a compelling session.

  • Sharmila Tagore
    Sharmila Tagore, Sarnath Banerjee, K.R. Meera, Jayant Kripalani, Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Rudrangshu Mukherjee talk about the city which has been a muse to many great artists. Calcutta.

  • Nayantara Sahgal: A Vanishing Space
    “Do we have the write to offend ~ Yes, we do! Through writing, through painting, through non-violent means.” Nayatara Seghal talks about protesting through art with Kiran Nagarkar in the session 'A Vanishing Space' at Tata Steek Kalam

  • Cross Border Journalism
    “To give a Bollywood eg. Bhajrangi Bhaijaan did as well in India as it did in Pakistan. So normal people have the same emotions” Mehr Tarar on the controversial media relationship between India and Pakistan; at the session on Cross-Border Journalism; along with Rajdeep Sardesai, Anam Zakaria and Sankarshan Thakur and Ruchir Joshi

  • Brink and Back
    “What we saw in the 80s were incremental changes, in the 90s we saw a paradigm shift.” Jairam Ramesh talking about his book on 1991 economic reforms, 'To the Brink and Back'. It talks about how no economic reforms will succeed unless it is anchored by political communication, outreach and coalition-building.


Upcoming Events
Reading and a Child’s Imagination:
Ruskin Bond on the fine art of writing for children. In conversation with Jayant Kripalani.

​​Acting the Text:
Tabu on becoming a character out of the pages of a classic. In conversation with Ankita Mukherji.

​​A Million Sitas:
Anita Ratnam and troupe perform their acclaimed production that chronicles a woman’s telling of the two great Epics.

Highlights of the Day

Engaging with the Ancients: Mr. Anand Sen with Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Mr. Anand Sen, President TQM & Steel Business, Tata Steel introducing Gopalkrishan Gandhi at Tata Steel Kalam, on this translation of Thirukural and how it is relevant to our times. In conversation with Samhita Arni at ‪#‎TataSteelKalam‬

“It's tough to have one favourite book. But I have soft spot for my first book which is ‘Room on the roof’.” Ruskin Bond in conversation with Jayant Kripalani about the fine art of writing for children in his session Reading and child's imagination.


Acting the Text: Tabu with Ankita Mukherjee

‘I am drawn toward the emotional side of the character and exploring my emotional side. I feel these characters utilize me more and make use of me a little bit more.’ - Tabu at Acting the Text: On becoming a character out of the pages of a classic. In conversation with Ankita Mukherji.

Sights

  • Brothers Bihari
    ‘The political analysis is already made by the voter sitting on the choupals. We are just stenographers to his views’ ~ Sankarshan Thakur, Ashok Malik with Mudar Patherya at Brothers Bihari: on the Bihar election trail and the lessons to be learnt before Elections 2016. #TataSteelKalam

  • Naxalgia
    ‘The political analysis is already made by the voter sitting on the choupals. We are just stenographers to his views’ ~ Sankarshan Thakur, Ashok Malik with Mudar Patherya at Brothers Bihari: on the Bihar election trail and the lessons to be learnt before Elections 2016. #TataSteelKalam

  • Games Indians Play
    "Shooting is a very addictive type of activity. The success of each shot is dependent on me and it really fascinated me." - Abhinav Bindra on why he started playing the sport at the Games Indians Play session with Ronojoy Sen and Joy Bhattacharjya where they discuss why India leans towards some sports and whether India’s quest for a golden Olympics in Rio 2016 will come true

  • Year of the Runaways
    Sunjeev Sahota on arrival and alienation in his new novel. ~ 'The Year of Runaways ' at #TataSteelKalam with Sandip Roy

  • Green Signals and Blueprints: Jairam Ramesh and Sunil Kanoria with Paroma Roy Chowdhury
    “The laws are there, standards are there, the state government needs to enforce it & that's when the shoe starts to pinch” ~ Jairam Ramesh at #TataSteelKalam in a discussion on the challenge of balancing development and environment.


A Million Sitas: Anita Ratnam

Anita Ratnam and troupe perform their acclaimed production that chronicles a woman’s telling of the two great Epics #TataSteelKalam

Upcoming Events
Book, Stage, Cinema:
Bratya Basu, Saikat Majumdar and Anjan Dutt on what is lost and gained when a story moves from one medium to another. In conversation with Renu Roy.

​​The philosopher and the poet:
Where does one turn in times of anguish? Barbara Cassin, Melissa Lee-Houghton and Luke Kennard in conversation with Saira Shah Halim
Seeing the World in Pink and Blue:
Nandana Sen with Jash Sen & Joy Bhattacharjya on whether reading and gaming habits are getting gender-coded. In conversation with Ruchira Das
​​Break time:
Stand-up comedian and ex-Martinian Anuvab Pal in conversation with students
Heroes, Heroines Rebooted:
Javed Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar on the changing protagonists of Hindi cinema. In conversation with Jai Arjun Singh
Highlights of the Day

Anuvab Pal

Anuvab Pal performs his classic take on the Raj for the first time in Kolkata at #TataSteelKalam. Anuvab Pal is an Indian stand up comedian, screenwriter, playwright and novelist.He was listed by Times Of India as one of India's top 5 comedians. His act ‘Empire’ is a mega solo show loosely based the history of India during the British Empire.

Heroes, Heroines Rebooted: Javed Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar “Society today can’t decide between what is good and bad” - Javed Akhtar at Heroes, Heroines Rebooted along with daughter Zoya Akhtar and Jai Arjun Singh on the changing protagonists of Hindi cinema.


The Babumoshai in Bombay: Jai Arjun Singh and Sharmila Tagore

"The way a woman is depicted in 'Guide' and 'Bandini' is quite different from the portrayal of women in Indian cinema of the yesteryears." - Sharmila Tagore with Jai Arjun Singh and Balaji Vittal discussing Hrishikesh Mukherjee and the heady days when Bengal defined Hindi cinema at #TataSteelKalam

Sights

  • Emergency @ 40
    Kiran Nagarkar, Sunanda K. Datta-Ray, Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Ashok Malik share stories from the summer of 1975 in a riveting discussion called Emergency @ 40 at #TataSteelKalam

  • Participating Poets
    Ananya Chatterjee, Arthur Cardozo, Ashoke Viswanathan, Joie Bose, Ruchhita Kazaria and Saira Shah Halim - A reading by the city’s poets in association with Poetry Paradigm at #TataSteelKalam

  • The Philosopher and the Poet
    Where does one turn in times of anguish? Barbara Cassin and Melissa Lee-Houghton and Luke Kennard in conversation with Saira Shah Halim

  • Unchained Women
    “I consider prostitution as a misogynist, harmful practice which harms not only women but society as a whole.” - Rachel Moran along with K.R. Meera and Samantak Dason, how stories questioning stereotypes can empower the writer and reader in Unchained Women #TataSteelKalam

  • Book, Stage, Cinema
    What happens when a story moves from one medium to another? Bratya Basu, Saikat Majumdar, Anjan Dutt & Renu Roy at #TataSteelKalam


Seeing the World in Pink and Blue

Nandana Sen, Jash Sen, Joy Bhattacharya and Ruchira Das on whether reading and gaming habits are getting gender-coded. They concluded the discussion on gender coding and stereotyping with the thought that there is no need for one to conform to existing knowledge and biases.

Upcoming Events
This Unquiet Land:
Barkha Dutt in conversation with Derek O’Brien.


​​Sonar Goenda, Feludar Golpo: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sandip Ray, Abir Chatterjee, Rajatava Datta and Boria Majumdar on 50 years of Feluda. In conversation with Gautam Bhattacharya
Let my Country Awake:
Javed Akhtar, Ruskin Bond, Swapan Dasgupta and Barkha Dutt on where the country stands between the extreme positions on the intolerance debate
Highlights of the Day

Chanakya Choudhury

Mr. Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director, Corporate Communication and Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, said “Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2016 is now rated by several literary enthusiasts among the top two such knowledge platforms for intellectual exchange in the country. I take this opportunity to thank each and every one whose enthusiastic participation has ensured the unparalleled success of Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2016.”

India from the Outside: Sunjeev Sahota, Saikat Majumdar and Jash Sen Sunjeev Sahota with Saikat Majumdar & Jash Sen, on viewing and writing India from a distance. Sunjeev Sahota’s second novel, ‘The Year of the Runaways’ is about the experience of illegal immigrants in Britain, was published in June 2015 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.


Let my Country Awake

Javed Akhtar,Nandana Sen, Ruskin Bond, Swapan Dasgupta and Barkha Dutt on where the country stands between the extreme positions on the intolerance debate. The final session of this year's #TataSteelKalam saw great enthusiasm from the crowd, making it a huge success.

Sights

  • Aarushi and the Indian Mind
    "During the stage of investigation, the presumption of guilt trumped the presumption of innocence. The very thing that society can accept this, is something to think about." Avirook Sen on the Noida case that shook India and clues to the Indian psyche. In conversation with Debnita Chakravarti

  • Why so serious India?
    “There wasn't any question of offense or self-cenorship while we worked on Doordarshan" - Jayant Kriplani with Shovon Chowdhury, Anuvab Pal and Sandip Roy on whether India has sacrificed humour at the altar of political correctness.

  • Museums and the smart city
    "The challenge is to get good conservationists and funds to manage history." ~ Rupert Featherstone at Museums and the smart city with Jayanta Sengupta discussing the challenge of preserving and celebrating monuments in cities of the future. #TataSteelKalam

  • Mambi and the Forest Fire: Nandana Sen
    "Mambi is a caricature of a monkey created for those shy children who need and want to express themselves" - Nandana Sen at Lit at the Lakes where she talks about her children's book 'Mambi and the Forest Fire' and recreates her fantasy world for young children at ‪#‎TataSteelKalam‬

  • Sonar Goenda, Feludar Golpo
    A discussion on Feluda - Bengal's most admired detective - as created by Satyajit Ray, in the context of modern times with Sandip Ray, Abir Chatterjee, Rajatava Datta, Gautam Bhattacharya and Boria Majumdar


Republic of Hope

"There exists republic of hope, the republic where anyone can join, to which we all belong and in that republic, we dream. Dreams are the best form of planning." - Ruchira Gupta. "We are the problem and we need to be solution." - Harsh Mander. Being relevant on ‘Republic Day’, this session on hope in the face of hunger and hardship was extremely compelling and honest with Ruchira Gupta, Harsh Mander and Mudar Patherya

Highlights of the Day


Schedule

Day 1 - THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY, 2016

 

5:30 pm

Inauguration by Hon'ble Governor, West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi, Soumitra Chatterjee, Samaresh Majumdar and Koushik Chatterjee GED, Finance and Corporate
(Entry through Main Gate)

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    Keshari Nath Tripathi

  • Samaresh-Majumdar

    Samaresh Majumdar

  • Soumitra-Chatterjee

    Soumitra Chatterjee

  • Koushik Chatterjee

6:15 pm

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Kabuliwalah performed in Pashto by students of Kabul University. With surtitles

    7:15 pm

    History and Fiction: Supriya Chaudhuri, Amitav Ghosh and Mukul Kesavan discuss the history in fiction and fiction in history. In conversation with Jayanta Sengupta

    • Amitav-Ghosh

      Amitav Ghosh

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      Jayanta Sengupta

    • Mukul-Kesavan

      Mukul Kesavan

    • Supriya-Chaudhuri

      Supriya Chaudhuri

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    Day 2 - FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY, 2016

    Day 3 - Saturday, 23 January, 2016

    Day 4 - SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY, 2016

    Day 5 - Monday, 25 January, 2016

    Day 6 - Tuesday, 26 January, 2016