Ranchi: The fourth edition of Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet came to an end today in Ranchi. The annual literary fest which came back to the city after a gap of two years saw some of India’s best biographers in recent times and a host of poets, novelists and men and women from the arts sharing their valuable insights and experiences during the two days of the fest at Audrey House with a promise to bring more stalwarts in the future.
The final day of the festival began with popular author Satya Vyas discussing the evolutions and changes in Hindi in the era of smart-phones with Yatish Kumar and RJ Arvind. It was followed by an in-depth conversation with Suman Ghosh and Sayandeb Chowdhury, the biographers of superstars Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterjee with well-known lyricist and writer Chandril Bhattacharya.
The second half of the day began with a session paying tribute to Satyajit Ray on his centenary with two of his heroes, Mohan Agashe and Barun Chanda and filmmaker Suman Ghosh in conversation with award-winning translator and writer Arunava Sinha. Ms. Malavika Banerjee followed it up with a engrossing tete-a-tete on The Greatest Stories of India with Guwahati-based writer Mitra Phukan along Arunava Sinha.
The packed audience was treated to another enthralling discussion with Bangalore-based film writer Balaji Vittal and celebrated actor and psychiatrist Dr. Mohan Agashe on how Hindi cinema villains have changed from the 1950s to the present. The literary programme concluded with the launch of Patthalgarhi by Anuj Lugun and a fitting festival finale by acclaimed Bharatnatyam exponent and Padma Bhushan awardee Mallika Sarabhai alongside her son Revanta Sarabhai in a rare appearance.
Festival director Malavika Banerjee speaking on the occasion said, “We are really happy to see the intense involvement of the wonderful people of Jharkhand for the 4th edition of Tata Steel Jharkhand Meet after being confined to the virtual world for two years owing to pandemic. We hope to come back next year with even more vigour and promise to entertain and enthrall the vibrant audience of Ranchi and Jharkhand.”
Mr. Sarvesh Kumar, Chief Corporate Communications, Tata Steel India & South East Asia said, “Over the past two days, we have witnessed fruitful exchange of ideas between distinguished scholars and the citizens of Ranchi who came out in large numbers to support the Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet. We are delighted to see the enthusiasm of the people and are certain future events will garner more participation. Tata Steel has undertaken several initiatives to connect with the community and we aim to make this festival an integral part of the region’s cultural calendar.”