Eminent Novelist Anita Desai Inaugurated The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2017


Video: Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet Inauguration

The Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (TSKLM) was inaugurated at the Victoria Memorial by eminent novelist Anita Desai, in the presence of Mr Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director (Finance & Corporate), Tata Steel.  Following the inauguration, the audience was engaged in a conversation with Ms Desai in a session titled, ‘Writings of a Lifetime’. The evening was graced with the event ‘Music Sutra’, where stalwarts such as Pt. Rashid Khan, Deene Khan, Bonnie Chakraborty, Alyssa Mendosa, and others unfolded their collective musical talent.


In her inaugural address, Anita Desai recalled nostalgic memories of her days in Kolkata 60 years ago, a city she fondly described as “the only true metropolis of those days”. She recalled how Kolkata, then Calcutta, and intellectuals living in the city encouraged discourse and debate veering round literature and poetry.

The two new elements at this year’s TSKLM includes focus on youth engagement and the topic onWriting of History and the Trans-generational writing, which will bring together writers from two different generations.


Celebrated Hollywood actor Ashley Judd will speak at a session on Women’s Lives Matter, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand will have a discussion on the book Kohinoor with journalist Sagarika Ghose while Sunil Gavaskar will script an innings at TSKLM.

With such a huge lineup of writers, poets and eminent personalities, TSKLM is all set to keep you engaged till Sunday.

Priyanka Dutta

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