Mumbai Lit Fest Stays Virtual, 12th Edition from 18 to 21 November

Industry Watch | October 22, 2021 | News

Mumbai Lit Fest

The 12th edition of the Mumbai LitFest will stay virtual, like its previous edition, on account of the Covid19 pandemic. The Tata Literature Live! Mumbai LitFest 2021 will be hosted from18 to 21 November 2021.

The line-up for this edition includes personalities from streams such as literature, poetry, philosophy, science, business, politics and the arts, including Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Steven Pinker, Nick Hornby, Shashi Tharoor, Indra Nooyi, David Baldacci, Ashis Nandy, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Vidya Dehejia, Martin Kemp, Rebecca Solnit, Ruskin Bond, Amish, Neena Gupta, Ashwin Sanghi, Matthew Weiner, Marlon James, Shobhaa De, Rutger Bregman, Amy Blakemore, Matt Haig, Heather Morris, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Dolly Thakore, Jonathan Drori, Hilary Leichter, Daniel Lieberman, Farah Bashir and Sanjena Sathian.

Awards given away at the festival include the Lifetime Achievement Award, Poet Laureate, First Book and Book of the Year (fiction and non-fiction), Business Book of the Year and Publisher of the Year.

Besides awards, the event will host a ‘Great Debate’ and daily performances, including those for children.

A ‘Little Festival’ for children, which was started two years ago, will take place simultaneously, as will a ‘Campus Festival’ with talks by writers for college students.

This year will also see the introduction to Indian Languages with a session each on Marathi prose and poetry, along with a performance in the regional language.

The 12th edition will be a tribute to the festival’s Founder-Director Anil Dharker who passed away in March 2021. He is credited with pioneering the concept of a literary festival for Mumbai and making it an internationally known forum. The festival will also salute the memory of Shashi Baliga, Executive Director, who lost the battle to Covid19 in May 2021.

Amy Fernandes, Director of Festival, said, “The Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest is a much-awaited annual event. Despite the enormous challenges of the past 18 months, we have been able to maintain an unbroken series to announce its 12th avatar this year. This Litfest will be a poignant event for us, our associates, and our regular audiences, who will miss Anil Dharker and Shashi Baliga, but it will also be a matter of pride to mount a festival that will meet the exceptional standards that they set. As we once again host world leaders in thought and word across a range of subjects, we would like to most sincerely thank the Tata group for their continued support and their belief in the enduring value of the Litfest.”

Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, said, “After the highly successful digital edition last year, we are ready to welcome everyone to the 12th edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, which will also be held in a digital format due to the current pandemic and will be accessible across the country and the globe. Literature and art have always stood as two strong pillars of elevating our community, and we believe that they will be even more important as we slowly regain normalcy from an unprecedented past 18 months. Once again, this year, the festival will bring together some of the most accomplished writers, artistes and intellectuals for meaningful conversations and debates, along with some stellar performances as well. We invite everyone to be a part of this brilliant line-up of events and hope to take forward the remarkable legacy left behind by Anil Dharker and Shashi Baliga.”

This edition will be a tribute to the festival’s Founder-Director Anil Dharker who passed away in March this year and Executive Director Shashi Baliga who lost the battle to Covid19 in May.

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