For seven years Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest has been bringing together literature enthusiasts from around the world under one roof. Each year, Tata Literature Live! brings a better and bigger version of the festival to town.
The seventh edition of the festival will be held from November 17 to 20, 2016, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (November 17- 20) and simultaneously at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu (November 19 and 20).
This year alone, 130 celebrated writers and thinkers from over 30 countries will converge at Mumbai’s biggest international literary festival – Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest. But the festival goes beyond numbers. Its impact is felt in wide-spread panel discussions and talks by authors that add to the literary culture in the country and beyond.
The festival, besides bringing in various conversations cantered around literature, also confers a number of awards to honour achievements by Indian writers, both emerging and accomplished, such as Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction, the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction and the Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award.
This year, the festival has introduced three new awards – the Big Little Book Awards for Author and Illustrator in the literature-for-children category, and the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting, which will also be announced during the awards ceremony.
The Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016 will be conferred on acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh. The award will be presented to him at Tata Literature Live!’s annual awards ceremony, which will be held on November 20, 2016, at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
You can run through the entire schedule on the festival website – www.tatalitlive.in and pick the sessions you wish to attend. Listed below is our pick of some of the interesting sessions, to help you get a taste of the awesomeness that awaits you at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest 2016
a. Opening Ceremony followed by the launch of Shashi Tharoor’s A Long Darkness: The British Empire in India and the author in conversation with Amitav Ghosh about The Legacy of the Raj
b. The Verse Case Scenario: Should Songwriters be Considered Poets? Martin Amis, Prasoon Joshi, Simon Armitage Chair: Paromita Vohra
c. Chasing the Curry: Desi Cooking on Foreign Shores. Colleen Taylor Sen, Vir Sanghvi Chair: Antoine Lewis
a. TATA Literature Live! 2016 Poet Laureate Gulzar in conversation with Pavan Varma
b. Mere Paas Pa Hai: The Missing Father in Indian fiction. Carlo Pizzati, Radhika Vaz, Shyam Bhat Chair: Indira Chandrasekhar
c. Going Viral. A show about how things spread that explores the spread of disease, ideas and panic, and examines how our connected world makes us all more vulnerable – and more human
a. You Cheeky Devil! A Literary Quiz with a twist. Dilip D’Souza, Radhika Vaz, Rebecca Perry, Suhel Seth Quizmaster Harish Bhat from the Tata Group, hosted at NCPA.
b. Words Behind Bars: Being a Prisoner of Conscience. Ma Thida, Nassim Soleimanpour Chair: Aakar Patel
a. TATA Literature Live! Awards followed by a speech by Lifetime Achievement Awardee Amitav Ghosh
b. Riding Madly off in all Directions. Selections of Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, performed by Naseeruddin Shah and family
c. Straight Talk: Nawabs, Nudes, Noodles – India Through 50 Years of Advertising by Ambi Parameswaran
d. Shakespeare Debate: The Greatness of Shakespeare is his Language. For the motion: Alyque Padamsee, Suhel Seth. Against the motion: Carlos Gamerro, Simon Choa-Johnston Chair: Soumya Bhattacharya
The inauguration of the event is scheduled to take place on November 17, 2016 from 2 pm onwards at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (followed by a conversation between Amitav Ghosh and Shashi Tharoor).
Entry to the festival is free and on a first-come, first-served basis (daily passes available at the venue on each day of the festival).
The Tata group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest . Tata Hexa is the Co-Sponsor and Landmark is the Knowledge partner.
The festival is conceived by Anil Dharker, the founder and festival director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata group.