10 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: We should all nurture the habit of reading. It grooms the mind to see the world with an improved wider perspective, said Lord Meghnad Desai, Member of UK Parliament here today. He added that litterateurs should not limit themselves to one language. "They should always have an appetite to keep themselves updated with happenings in the literary field in other languages," said Lord Desai while speaking to media persons at the Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet (TSBLM).
"India is a diverse land replete with languages and dialects. Every Indian language is rich and classical. So, it is always healthy to yearn for exploring the riches of different languages and adopting good literary practices," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Malavika Banerjee, Director, Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet said, there is a common narrative that the penchant for books is gradually fading and this is a forum with which the organisers are doing their bit to draw people towards reading books.
"At TSBLM this year we have Lord Meghnad Desai and Perumal Murugan, Professor at an university in Salem. Literature is the only discipline which offers such a bandwidth to have people from different diasporas. Therefore literature plays an important role in building societies," she added
Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel said that people of Bhubaneswar have a yearning for literature. "The denizens here are very keen about what is happening in the literature field around the world. So, we have always tried to invite local authors, Indian authors and writers from other countries at the TSBLM," he added.
The prestigious Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Literary Meet was inaugurated today here at XIMB. From the very first year, the literary meet has drawn premier authors and speakers from across India and the world, having hosted eminent delegates such as Ruskin Bond, Nayantara Sehgal, Kiran Nagarkar, Waheeda Rahman, Barkha Dutt, Manoj Das, Jayanta Mahapatra, Ileana Citaristi, Mark Tully, Nandita Das, and William Dalrymple among several others.
This literary meet has become an integral part of Bhubaneswar's annual cultural calendar with a consistently high quality of participants, and an inherent connection with the local cultural ethos.
Like earlier editions, the festival will celebrate unexplored ideas and unstoppable voices will focus on literature, poetry, current affairs and women's issues, among others. Each session will witness noteworthy names being a part of engaging discussions with the audience, bringing together a range of expertise and perspectives on stage throughout the three days.
This year, the TSBLM will feature the following names from the field of Literature and Arts:
Amol Palekar, Anant Mahapatra, Bachi Karkariaa, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Dr Gayatribala Panda, Dr Gourahari Das, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Lord Meghnad Desai, Nandita Das and Paramita Satpathy Tripathy among others.