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Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet

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Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet is the flagship event of Tata Steel to promote literature along with sports and arts. It is our endeavor to bring best-in-class experience to literary enthusiasts and provide a knowledge platform for intellectual exchange of views on contemporary issues.

#TataSteelKalam through the years has evolved to become one of the top two knowledge platforms for an intellectual exchange in the country, making it a bucket list event for literary enthusiasts in the country. The event aims not merely the booklovers it attempts to be inclusive by presenting a programme that interests even the most reluctant reader. TSKLM is curated and put together by a group of voracious readers, the choice of authors in the event is eclectic without compromising the quality. Performing arts with the dramatic Victoria Memorial as the background adds another dimension to the festival.

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Event Highlights

Highlights of the Day

TSKLM concludes, with a promise of a bigger comeback next year!
The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2017 drew to a close at Victoria Memorial on January 29, 2017. During the five-day affair, the audience was treated to thoughtful and engaging discussions involving 140 luminaries from the field of literature, films, sports, economics, theatre, and many more in over 90 sessions. The last day of the coveted literary meet, too, witnessed a huge gathering. On behalf of Tata Steel, Mr T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel India & SEA, thanked the august gathering for the remarkable success of the Meet, with a promise to come back with more interesting topics and people for the next year.

Prominent authors like Ruskin Bond, Tagore researcher Martin Kampchen, historian Romila Thapar, the multifaceted Ramachandra Guha, Hollywood actress & activist Ashley Judd, historian William Dalrymple along with several writers and actors of international and national repute graced the event. The audience was also enthralled by freeflowing conversations by legends like Rishi Kapoor, Sunil Gavaskar, Abhinav Bindra, Soumitra Chatterjee, P. Chidambaram, and more. The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet was also the occasion when the book lovers got a taste of Paul Beatty, the Man Booker Prize winner for 2016.

Another highlight of the meet was the bringing together writers from two different generations with the mother and daughter duo of Anita and Kiran Desai, Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Nandana Sen and the father-son combination of Shashi and Kanishk Tharoor who enthralled the audience over the five-day literary extravaganza.

The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, 2017 edition was witnessed the first edition of Write Brain Challenge, a short story competition for students. The winners were announced during the concluding ceremony of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, 2017.

Children’s Literary Meet Special with Abhinav Bindra

The Indian shooter who put India on the global shooting map discussed what it takes to realise one’s goals. Bindra spoke about the importance of having a goal, and then working towards it. Challenges, he said, were good, as they helped one to be prepared for all odds. In discussion with him was Joybeer Dutta Gupta.

Film on a Tab

Make up Your Mind

Director Sujoy Ghosh and actor Tisca Chopra discussed the moving trend of viewers and viewership, adding that a lot of genres are experimented with because of changing tastes and trends in society as a whole. Their discussion revolved around the increasing popularity of short films, wherein Sujoy opined that this genre was an excellent medium to communicate one’s message, especially for a corporate house. Tisca added that the present day viewership was slowly moving from a full three-hour popcorn added movie session to a more personalized viewership on their tabs or smart phones.

This was a mother-daughter session, much like the father-son session held earlier in the Meet. Nabonita Deb Sen and Nandana Sen shared moments and poetry that epitomised their relation. From taking a virtual walk through Central Park of New York or translating a few of those outstanding Bangla poems by Nabonita, it is a common purpose of soul searching that keep mother and daughter in constant discussion and thought-sharing.

Is the Media Villain or Victim?
The panelists comprising Rajdeep Sardesai, Ashok Sinha and Arunava Sinha, opined that labelling of media is a problem, a reflection of depressing times that we are living in. There was a deeper identity crisis with journalists losing the moral compass, less energy being put in editorials, economic pressures, broken business model as well as an institutional decline. Present media seemed to have lost out on distinction between reportage, assessment, analysis and opinion. India is the only country where media was subsidized advertisement. Perhaps, it was time to transcend it all.


Aparna Sen on 'All the World's a…Shakespeare on Page, Stage and Reel
"Shakespeare, like Rabindranath Tagore, are gold mines of literature. Such gold is only to be mined and propagated"

Tisca Chopra on 'Film on a Tab'
"To me, a short film takes the audience through one story or incident as opposed to a long movie showcasing the story through a journey"


Download TSKKLM 2017 Schedule

Day 1 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017


11.30 am

Inauguration by Anita Desai, Kaushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director (Finance and Corporate) TATA Steel, and Dr Jayanta Sengupta, Curator, VMH

11.50 am

Writings of a Lifetime: Anita Desai in conversation with Supriya Chaudhuri

12.45 pm

North South Dialogues: Are stories from Tamil literature gaining a larger audience in the north? Perumal Murugan and Kannan Sundaram in conversation with Samantak Das

12.45 pm

Tweets, Trolls and Lols: Arnab Ray (@greatbong) and Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) discuss the parallel universe that is Twitter. In conversation with Poorna Banerjee.

2.15 pm

How did Donald Trump the Press and Poll Pundits? Kanishk Tharoor, Deepa Iyer, Sandip Roy and Firoozeh Dumas discuss the election that divided America. In conversation with Devdan Chaudhuri.

2.30 pm

Literature Across Frontiers: Roman Simič and Inga Žolude on modern trends in European writing. In conversation with Alexandra Büchler
Session Partners: Literature Across Frontiers, Creative Europe, Institut Ramon Llull, Accion Cultural Espanola, Croatian Ministry of Culture, Latvian Ministry of Culture, Arts Council Wales

3.15 pm

Mahasweta Devi, the Literary Legacy and Beyond: Swapnamoy Chakraborty, Usha Ganguli, and Ina Puri in conversation with Snigdhendu Bhattacharya (Bengali Session)

3.30 pm

Times They are a Changing — Dylan and Cohen: A homage to the poetry and songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with Joie Bose, Ananya Chatterjee and Saira Shah Halim. In conversation with Arthur Cardozo. Music by Rahul Guha Roy

4.15 pm

The Sellout: Paul Beatty discusses his Booker Prize-winning novel with Sandip Roy

4.30 pm

Taranath Tantrik: Release of the graphic novel based on Taradas Bandyopadhyay’s cult book, followed by a discussion featuring Surojit Sen, Anirban Mukhopadhyay, and Tathagata Banerjee; accompanied by a preview to the installation and performance at 50A Harish Mukherjee Road, from January 27-29, 5.00-8.00 pm (Bengali Session).

5.15 pm

Brexit and the Arts: Stephen Kelman and Philip Hensher discuss the referendum and whether it will change UK forever. In conversation with Pradeep Gooptu
Special Session: SREI

5.15 pm

Paanch Doshok aar 200 Bochhor: Jayanta Mitra, Ashim Chatterjee, Dr. Anuradha Lohia, Paroma Roy Chowdhury and Boria Majumdar discuss their days at Presidency College. In conversation with Aparajita Dasgupta (Bengali Session)

6.15 pm

India @ 70, a Report Card: Ramachandra Guha examines seven decades of democracy
Special Session: Manyavar

7.15 pm

An Era of Darkness: Shashi Tharoor on the cost of Empire that India had to bear. In conversation with Sugata Bose
Session Session: SREI

8.30 pm

Music Sutra – The Awakening: A musical performance by Ustad Rashid Khan, Deene Khan, Bonnie Chakraborty, Usri Banerjee, Alyssa Mendonsa, Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Gabu and others
(Front Steps)

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Day 2 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

Day 3 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

Day 4 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

Day 5 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017