Ranchi (By our correspondent): Tata Steel will organise the second edition of ‘Jharkhand Literary Meet’ at Ranchi on December 8 and 9. Addressing a press conference here Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel Chanakya Chaudhary said that coming
after the resounding success of the first Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Meet (JLM) in 2017, the event this year would see participation from eminent writers and personalities of national renown such as Ruskin Bond, Uday Prakash, Mahadev Toppo, Alok Rai and Rekha
“We initiated the first Jharkhand Literary Meet with the belief that a culturally rich region such as Jharkhand must have its very own festival celebrating literature and allied cultural pursuits, like dance, music, recitation, cinema, and theatrical performances.
The focus, has been to engage premier authors, speakers and performance artists from the region and across India,” Mr Chaudhary said;
In the very first year itself, eminent writers and personalities such as Ashok Vajpeyi, Mark Tully, and Sharmila Tagore were
present among others he said adding that Tata Steel hopes to make the Jharkhand Literary Meet an integral part of Ranchi cultural canvas as well as the region’s premier literary event”; he added. Festival Director Malavika Banerjee said; “We are privileged to
have iconic author Ruskin Bond to inaugurate and be a part of JLM 2018, especially as this his first-ever visit to Ranchi. Uday Prakash, one of the stalwarts of modern Hindi literature, is another author we are privileged to bring to JLM 2018”.
Banerjee also spoke of the presence of authors from the region who are making a mark on the country’s literary scene, such as Mahadev Toppo,Mohua Maji and Anuj Lugun. “This is part of our continued, strong focus on making the meet a balance between writing from the region and elsewhere,” she added. The formal inauguration of the event will take place on December 8 at 11:00 am, with Ruskin Bond and Uday Prakash doing the honours.
The venue for this year’s Meet is Audrey House, a gracious colonial-era bungalow near Raj Bhavan. Rekha Bhardwaj’s performance will be another major highlight of the festival. The National Award winning singer would surely be a perfect fit for the Jharkhand Literary Meet, not only because of her reputation as a powerhouse performer but because of her known interest in Hindi/ Urdu literature.