December 8, 2022

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Literary News: Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest‘s New Hybrid Avatar for 2022

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Tata Literature Live! is happening in November is a unique hybrid avatar this year

  • Virtual on 9 & 10 November, 2022
  • On ground from 11 – 13 November, 2022

Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest is delighted to return with its 13th edition to its traditional venue at the NCPA, Nariman Point, also with sessions at St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education (SPICE) and Title Waves bookstore in Bandra from 11-13 November 2022. The 2020 and 2021 editions were held virtually because of the pandemic. 

The highly successful virtual Litfest editions (8.5 million views in 2021) created keen online audiences and expectations. To meet both the virtual and on-ground demand, this year’s Litfest will see yet another innovation: a hybrid festival, with the online sessions taking place 9 & 10 November. 

There will, as always, be a star line up of international and national writers, including celebrated names like Geetanjali Shree, Tony Fadell, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Shashi Tharoor, Paul Morland, Jerry Pinto, Naushad Forbes, Rohini Nilekani, Ashwin Sanghi, Sanjaya Baru, Mallika Sarabhai, Ian Cardozo, Mamang Dai, Onir, Rinki Bhattacharya and many others on ground. Online participants will include Damon Galgut, George Monbiot, Pankaj Mishra, Colm Tóibín, Susan Liautaud, John Pilger, among others.

The highlights of the Festival will all continue: the prestigious Tata Literature Live! Literary Awards, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award and the appointing of a Poet Laureate, the energetic Great Debate, poetry recitations scintillating performances, the popular workshops and the Book Swap. Mumbai will feature actively as the Litfest returns to its physical home, with various themes regarding the city: a new novel, coastal marine life, history and communities. 

Two new prizes: The Binod Kanoria Awards for Children’s Literature and The Rotary Writing for Peace Award, will also be presented under the aegis of the Festival. The Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards will return. 

In line with its spirit of literary expansion the Litfest has started sessions on languages other than English. Last year‘s language was Marathi, and the sessions were enthusiastically received.  This year there will be an introduction to Gujarati prose and poetry. 

There will also be two international collaborative sessions this year, with France and UK. Noir in Mumbai will be premiered in India as part of the Litfest. Three rising stars of French crime fiction – Johana Gustawsson aka the Queen of French Noir, Sophie Hénaff and her Awkward Squad and Jérôme Loubry – will present their work for the first time to an Indian audience. This will culminate in a unique event, the Great Investigation, inspired by its sister activity in France and imagined by Indian author Kalpana Swaminathan, in which participants will have five hours to resolve the mystery of the theft of the Blue Sapphire! The collaboration with the UK will present new work being performed exploring the relationship between language and queerness, as the outcome of a project which will bring together six diverse and multicultural poets from India and the UK through residencies in both countries.  

The Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest has always been as much a Festival of ideas as literature. This year too will feature books and authors ranging across subjects like innovation, mentorship, philanthropy, media, food, gender issues, art, environment.

Looking forward to the 2022 Litfest, Director of the Festival, Amy Fernandes said: 

“We are excited to be launching a re-invention of the Litfest in a hybrid model. This will enable us to include authors who are still unable to travel, as well as our global virtual audiences who so enjoyed the Litfest during the pandemic. At the same time, we are also delighted to be able to welcome back in person, the authors and audiences who have missed the distinctive Litfest activities, buzz and vibe at our physical venues. I would like to express our sincere thanks to our venue partner NCPA, and our presenting sponsor Tata, for their unstinting support since inception, and to SPICE and Title Waves bookstore for our Bandra arm. We greatly appreciate the invaluable support of Godrej Industries Ltd, Kotak, Mariwalla Initiatives and Hafele. This committed backing has enabled us to curate memorable Litfests, no matter what the differing circumstances, bringing us to our 13th edition this year.”

Speaking about the festival this year, Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons said – 

“We at the Tata Group are proud to be associated with Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest which has become a beautiful melting pot for literary enthusiasts across India.  The festival has grown from strength to strength, which is tribute to the pioneering work done by Anil Dharker and Shashi Baliga.  As a fitting tribute to these two stalwarts of Tata Literature Live! the festival returns this year in a wonderful hybrid format – bringing back the in-person experience, alongside a digital format that reaches a much larger online community.  This is an invaluable opportunity for lovers of literature to meet their favourite authors up close and personal, and also listen to them from the comfort of their own locations.  We invite all of you to join us as we celebrate this festival of ideas, art and literature.”

Some past participants: A C Grayling, Adil Jussawalla, Alexander McCall Smith, Anita Desai, Amish, Amitabh Bachchan, Amitav Ghosh, Amy Tan, Anthony Horowitz, Ben Okri, Christophe Jaffrelot, David Baldacci, Dolly Thakore, Faroukh Dhondy,  Germaine Greer, Gulzar, Ian Jack, Irwin Allan Sealy, Indra Nooyi, Javed Akhtar, Jayant Narlikar, Jeffrey Archer, Margaret Drabble, Mark Tully, Marlon James, Martin Amis, Miriam Margoyles, Naseeruddin Shah,  Neena Gupta, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, Raghuram Rajan, Ramachandra Guha, Roger Penrose, Ruskin Bond, Salman Rushdie, Shanta Gokhale, Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Steven Pinker, T M Krishna, Tom Friedman, Vikram Seth. 

The Tata Group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Festival was conceived by Anil Dharker (1947-2021) Founder and Festival Director of Literature Live! which organises the festival with the support of the Tata Group.

About Tata Group: 

Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata Group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30 companies across ten verticals. The Group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a mission ‘To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2021-22, the revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $128 billion (INR 9.6 trillion). These companies collectively employ over 935,000 people. Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own Board of Directors. There are 29 publicly listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of $311 billion (INR 23.6 trillion) as on March 31, 2022. Companies include Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Consumer Products, Titan, Tata Capital, Tata Power, Indian Hotels, Tata Communications, Tata Digital, and Tata Electronics. For more details visit www.tata.com

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About Literature Live!

Literature Live! is dedicated to celebrating the written word in all its glorious and varied forms. It offers a chance to participate in the many joys of literature, from book launches, thought provoking talks and author interactions, all of which continued online during the pandemic. Literature Live! also organises Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest, Mumbai’s premier international Literary Festival (8.5 million views for the virtual Festival last year). Now set to launch in a hybrid format: virtual and on-ground, from 9-13 November 2022, the festival has become very popular not least because it looks at literature in a way that complements the spirit of Mumbai: energetic, inclusive and cosmopolitan.