Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Lit fest‘s New Hybrid Avatar for 2022

Local Samosa
Oct 14, 2022 09:08 IST
Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Lit fest‘s New Hybrid Avatar for 2022

Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest is delighted to return with its 13th edition to its traditional venue at the NCPA, Nariman Point, from 11-13th November 2022.

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

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

There will, as always, be a star lineup 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 the ground. Online participants will include Damon Galgut, George Monbiot, Pankaj Mishra, Colm Tóibín, Susan Liautaud, and 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, 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.


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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. 

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