The Tata group and Literature Live! announced the 2013 edition ofTata Literature Live! The Mumbai International LitFest. Over 120 writers and thinkers from all over the world are expected to participate in the fourth edition of Mumbais premier literary festival.
Tata Literature Live!The Mumbai LitFestwill run from November 14 toNovember17, 2013 at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. The festivals various events will be spread across the NCPAs Tata, Experimental, Godrej and Little theatres as well as the outdoor Sunken Garden.
Among the writers and thinkers expected this year areAshley Tellis, Advisor to American Presidents;Sir Nicholas Hytner,Director of the National Theatre of England;Nik Gowing,BBCs ace presenter;John Coates,neuroscientist from Cambridge University;Mariane Pearl,author of The Mighty Heart;Amitava KumarandPankaj Mishra; renowned scientistsJayant NarlikarandKumar Chitre;Charles Correa;Prof Rohit Deshpandefrom Harvard;Girish Karnad;Lord Meghnad Desai; Former Chairman of Microsoft India,Ravi Venkatesan;James Astill, Political Editor of The Economist;Sir Mark Tully; bestselling writersPeter JamesandVineet Nayarand very many more.
On the centenary of Tagores Nobel prize,Prof Sugata Bosefrom Harvard will launch his new translation of Gitanjali while psychoanalystSudhir Kakarsbook,Young Tagorewill also be released on the occasion.
Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFestwill present all four verticals of literature fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. As always, they will be presented in a manner that appeals to the academic and the lay reader, the bookworm and the occasional browser, the experienced writer and the aspiring author.
This year there will be an exhibition of unique cricket memorabilia by Boria Majumdar to coincide withSachin Tendulkarsparticipation in his careers 200thand last Test match.
Each day will seeengaging panel discussions;book launches and conversations between eminent authors,publishers and literary agents; poetry readings; and engrossing talks and lectures by eminent experts.
Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFesthas become immensely popular because it looks at literature in a manner that complements the spirit of Mumbai: lively, energetic, free-wheeling and cosmopolitan.
As a naturalcorollary, performances related to literatureplays, story-telling with music, performance poetry, dance based on stories and poetry have become an integral part of the festival.The evening performances promise to be a cutting-edge blend of literature and theatre.
An impressive line-up of acts from both India and abroad will be on offer.Among the performances will be:Martin KiszkosMore Green Poems for a Blue Planet;Alyque PadamseesArthur Miller: An Actor's GodsendandAntigone: A Stage Reading. Naseeruddin Shah will present extracts fromSadat Hasan Mantosstories.Among the plays will be a play for National Childrens Day,Mr. Jeejeeboy and the Birds;the sensation from the Edinburgh Festival,ThePrice of Everything;the much acclaimed Holocaust love story from Britain,The Tin Ring;The Killing of Dussasana,an incredible blend of Spanish Flamenco and Kathakali;the Mumbai premiere of an acclaimed play from Chennai,How to Skin a Giraffeand a unique show designed around music, literature and Sufi music provided by Ahmedabads renowned Deewana group.
TataLiterature Live! The Mumbai LitFestwill present for the first time anart and photography exhibitionwhichinvestigates the relationship between literature and art by inviting artists to create art works inspired byKhushwant Singhs autobiography,Truth, Love and a Little Malice.On display will be paintings and photographs from illustrious artists like Amit Ambalal, Anjolie Ela Menon, Arpana Caur, Raghu Rai, Clare Arni, Desmond Lazaro, Gigi Scaria and many other eminent artists.
As is the festivals tradition, theLandmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Awardwill honour a legend and theTata First Book Awardwill recognisepromising talent.This year, there will be aFirst Book Award each for Fiction and Non-Fiction.The longlist and shortlist will be announced shortly and the winner will be announced at the festival.
Festival Director Anil Dharkersays:"Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, is not only Mumbai`s own international literary festival,it is now recognised internationally as one of our country`s very best litfests. As always it will feature literature in all its forms, presented by the liveliest minds, with engaging interaction between audiences and participants. The line-up is exciting; entry is free, so anyone who loves words and ideas should block these four days.
Dr. Mukund Rajan, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, says, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFestis a festival for the celebration of literature and thought leadership. The Tata group is very happy to bring to the city of Mumbai this international literary festival which has gained immense popularity over the years, not only in Mumbai but across the country.