Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest presents the sixth edition
by Isha Gakhar Marketing | October 15, 2015 | News
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Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest is scheduled from Oct 29 to Nov 1. The event will be hosted simultaneously at two venues - NCPA, Nariman Point and Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, featuring a stellar line up of the world’s most notable authors.
It is estimated that over 120 celebrated writers and thinkers from over 14 countries will participate in the festival. Among them are Egyptian-American Mona Eltahawy, Nick Davies, Jon Turney, Germaine Greer, one of the pioneers of the international feminist movement, Kiran Nagarkar, Indian novelist and playwright, India’s ‘Suitable Boy’ – Vikram Seth and Hussain Zaidi – investigative journalist and author of Dongri to Dubai, to name a few.
On her participation at the festival, Germaine Greer said, “First of all, I’m looking forward to being in India. I believe that everyone in the rich world needs regular exposure to the glory and the anguish that is India, and I need it right now. I'm also looking forward to being in Mumbai. I hope I can meet up with some of the women I taught at Sophia in 1982 (such a long time ago!), and I'm looking forward to talking with Vikram Seth, whom I haven't seen for ages. Literary festivals are always fun; a literary festival in wonderful Mumbai will be better than fun."
Commenting on the event, Anil Dharker, Founder & Director, Literature Live! said, “Mumbai has made Tata Literature Live! an intrinsic part of its cultural scene and it is heartening to know this has happened in a short span of five years. Says he, “We’re thrilled to announce a fantastic line-up for the sixth edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest. Indian writers will be sharing the stage with authors from over 14 countries. This year’s edition also brings a riveting line-up of international performances from across the globe.”
Adding on this association, Dr. Mukund Rajan, Member-Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, said, “The Tata group is pleased to bring the 6th edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, yet again, to audiences not only in Mumbai, but those who visit us every year from around India and the world. Over the past five years, the festival has grown from strength to strength, attracting well-known authors and performances, and delighting literature lovers with an invigorating line-up of events that celebrate the finest literature worldwide. This year’s edition promises no less but much more, and we hope that you’ll join us in the coming days to enjoy the exciting programme that the festival team is putting together.”
The festival has also announced seven awards in the categories of - Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction, Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award for Fiction and Non-Fiction, Tata Literature Live! Business Book Award, Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award and Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award.
There will also be some interesting workshops and performances and acts from various artists along with having panel discussions on current issues. For instance, Lisa Ray – actress, ex-model and activist – will talk about how reading helped her cope with cancer.
The Tata group is the title sponsor of the literature festival and Landmark is the book store partner.