Literature mania hits Mumbai city

October 29 saw the third annual appearance of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest at the NCPA. This year’s line-up has something for everyone — book lover or not. Each day is packed with interesting sessions and live performances.

The evening acts promise a wonderful marriage between literature and performance. While contemporary dance pioneer Astad Deboo and his troupe’s acclaimed rendition of Tagore’s poems will mark the finale of the festival on Sunday. Gillo Theatre Repertory, who work exclusively in Theatre for Young Audiences, will perform Kyun-Kyun Ladki (Why-Why Girl) inspired by Mahashweta Devi. Chris Larner’s poignant play about euthanasia, An Instinct for Kindness will bring to Mumbai an award-winning production which earned rave reviews in London. Actor Naseeruddin Shah will present a project he has long dreamed about — an enactment of Vikram Seth’s poems from The Beastly Tales and stories about author James Thurber’s dogs.

Meet writers like Chetan Bhagat, Kiran Nagarkar, Naresh Fernandes, Ashok Banker, Dayanita Singh and Jeet Thayil in the flesh. Also participating will be writers from Australia, Canada and Slovenia. Each day will be an intellectual smorgasbord of events ranging from engaging panel discussions, book launches, workshops, open house conversations with eminent authors, publishers and literary agents and poetry readings. There will be straight talks by giants in their fields like Faramerz Dabhoiwala (whose book The Origins of Sex has been making waves in the West) and Scott Carney (a leading investigative journalist whose book exposes the dark side of trafficking in human organs).

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