Ranchi, 10 Dec: The fifth edition of the Jharkhand Tata Steel Literature Gathering was unveiled today at Ranchi by Padma Bhusan awardee Javed Akhtar. A number of poets, novelists and artists will be attending the annual literary festival at Audrey House over the next two days. At the inauguration of Tata Steel’s Jharkhand Literature Gathering, Rajya Sabha Members Mahua Maji and Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, veteran journalist Ashutosh Chaturvedi and Malavika Banerjee, Director of Jharkhand Literature Gathering were also present.

Javed Akhtar at the inauguration session spoke about the importance of books and literature and how they help shape people’s lives. After the inauguration, Javed Akhtar spoke about his life and poetry and also recited some of his most famous poems.

The inaugural day featured a variety of programs featuring poetry sessions featuring Anuj Lugun, Jyoti Lugun, Mungeshwar Sahoo and Chandramohan Kisku. Mihir Vatsa, winner of the Yuva Sahitya Akademi award for Tales of Hazaribagh talks about his in-depth research into the social and economic history of the city. Session reminisces on iconic writer Mannu Bhandari and discusses the legacy he left behind with Sudha Arora, Poonam Saxena and Rachana Yadav. The day ended with a discussion on Kishore Kumar’s biography and a music jam session of his songs.

Festival director Malavika Banerjee said, “We are very happy to be back in the same place in 9 months time. In this edition of the Tata Steel Jharkhand Literary Gathering, there will be supporters of Indian literature sharing and discussing various aspects of life, literature and culture and we are sure that the people of Ranchi will embrace the opportunity and will make the two-day literary carnival something to remember.

On December 11, Booker International winner Geetanjali Shree will be speaking about her award-winning novel, Ret Samadhi. Sessions on regional cinema featuring Purushotam Kumar, Niranjan Kujur and Anurag Lugun, discussion on Agyeya Akshaya Mukul’s biography, and another session on the legacy of local hero MS Dhoni are also available. The festival will conclude with a solo act by prominent actor Vinay Pathak. He will present the play ‘Nothing Like Lear’ directed by actor-director Rajat Kapoor.

Entrance to the festival at Audrey House is completely free and open to all.

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