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Tata Steel to be the 'Title Sponsor' of Kolkata Literary Meet
Kolkata, 1/12/2015

Tata Steel today signed an agreement to be the 'Title Sponsor' of the Kolkata Literary Meet.

Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director Corporate Communication & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel, signed the sponsorship agreement on behalf of the Company while Ms Malavika Banerjee, Director of Kolkata Literary Meet, signed the agreement on behalf of the organisers of the Kolkata Literary Meet.
The event is held every year in Kolkata in association with Victoria Memorial.

Tata Steel's association with the Kolkata Literary Meet is in alignment with its corporate philosophy of encouraging and supporting organisations and initiatives that aim to foster and encourage intellectual and cultural pursuits in society. Over the years, the Company has supported literary and cultural festivals and sporting events.

The Company believes this association will help deepen its engagement with the intellectual community and the literary moorings of Eastern India. The endeavour in the days ahead will be to take such events to other cities in the region.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Group Director Corporate Communication & Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel said: "Kolkata has traditionally been intellectually and culturally vibrant. The city regularly hosts some of the most widely acclaimed cultural, musical and literary events held in the country. We are proud to support the Kolkata Literary Meet that bears the essence of what the city is all about".

Mr Peeyush Gupta, Vice President -- Steel (Marketing & Sales), Tata Steel, said: "The Kolkata Literary Meet has been a signature event of the city and Tata Steel is humbled and privileged to be associated as the title sponsor. This confirms the Company's endeavour to bring best-in-class experience to citizens of Kolkata and provide a knowledge platform to distinguished literary minds of the society".

The Kolkata Literary Meet 2015 will be held at the premises of the Victoria Memorial during January 23-27, 2015. The event will witness the coming together of luminaries from the literary world, thinkers and opinion makers. The Literary Meet will provide a platform for book reading sessions, discussions, debates, interactive workshops and cultural performances.

While the legendary Ruskin Bond will inaugurate the Kolkata Literary Meet and talk about his life and works, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter Ms Daman Singh and author of 'Strictly Personal' will speak on her tryst with literature. Other participants include American writer Ms Joanna Rakoff (My Salinger Year), Sahitya Academy awardee and Ananda Puraskar winner Mr Amitav Ghosh (Sea of Poppies), historian Dr Rudrangshu Mukherjee (Nehru & Bose: Parallel Lives) and music composer Mr Shantanu Moitra (On the Wings of Music).

Ms Jaya Bachchan will participate at a session at the Kolkata Literary Meet even as veteran actress Ms Shabana Azmi will read out translations of Rabindranath Tagore's works by her husband, renowned lyricist and scriptwriter Mr Javed Akhtar.

About Tata Steel

Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of over 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is now the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Tata Steel Group, with a turnover of US$ 24.81 billion in FY 14, has over 80,000 employees across five continents and is a Fortune 500 company. The Group's vision is to be the world's steel industry benchmark in "Value Creation" and "Corporate Citizenship" through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. In 2008, Tata Steel India became the first integrated steel plant in the world, outside Japan, to be awarded the Deming Application Prize 2008 for excellence in Total Quality Management. In 2012, Tata Steel became the first integrated steel company in the world, outside Japan, to win the Deming Grand Prize 2012 instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.


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