Mumbai Gears Up For The Biggest Literature Festival In Town

The Tenth edition of Tata Literature Live will be held from November 14 to November 17 at NCPA, Prithvi Theatre and SPICE.

Mumbai Gears Up For The Biggest Literature Festival In Town
It's here again, Mumbai's international literary festival! And it's their 10th-anniversary special!

Tata Literature Live! is Mumbai’s largest international literary festival. Featuring authors, poets, thought leaders and more it is an intellectually stimulating event for people of all ages. The types of sessions include from book launches, panel discussions, straight talks, debates, performances and workshops – for both, kids and adults.

The tenth edition of the festival will take place from Thursday, 14th November to Sunday, 17th November 2019 in 3 locations across the city of Mumbai. N.C.P.A near Nariman Point, S.P.I.C.E in Bandra West and Prithvi in Juhu.

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Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest will take place at these 3 venues: 

1. NCPA's multiple theatres, Nariman Point: Thurs Nov 14 to Sunday, Nov 17.
2. St Paul's Institute & Title Waves Bookshop, Bandra: Sat Nov 16 and Sun Nov 17. 
3. Prithvi Theatre & Prithvi House, Juhu: Sat Nov 16 and Sun Nov 17.

As always, the entry is FREE and open to all on a first-come-first-served basis. There are no passes to be collected in advance. In short, just turn up! But if you are keen on attending a particular session, do plan to be early.

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Talking about the same festival Director Anil Dharker said, 

Tata Lit Live is 10 years old! When we open our doors on November 14, it will be to a landmark event. Some of you will have grown ten years older with us; some of you will be here for the first time. To all of you, our ever-growing audience, we say welcome and thank you.

I remember the day the distinguished trio of Mumbai citizens, Gerson da Cunha, Sheilu Srinivasan and Padmini Mirchandani asked me, ‘Shouldn’t our city have an international literary festival?’ Yes, of course I said, ours is India’s most cosmopolitan city with a wonderful literary tradition, so Mumbai must have a litfest. “So you will do it?” they said in unison. After a moment’s thought (which lasted two days), I said ‘Why not?’ After all, how difficult would it be to organise a festival? Ring a few authors, get a sponsor or two, draw up a schedule, and you are ready to go. We all learn things the hard way.

He further said, The most incredible part of this decade long journey is what has not changed. Most of the Literature Live! team that works on the festival and makes it happen has been together right through the years. That’s a wonderful advertisement for team spirit and commitment to the cause. I am not mentioning them individually but you will find the team members on this website. They deserve our applause. As does our Advisory Board, in particular, Georgina Brown, Saumya Balsari and Sid Khanna who have gone out of their way to help.

Without the Tata group, the festival couldn’t possibly take place on the scale and of the quality that has been maintained throughout the decade. No sponsor could possibly be as supportive, and as willing to go along with us on the expansion of the festival, adding first, the Prithvi Theatre complex and then St Paul’s Institute complex last year so that the festival is now in three geographical locations of Mumbai — Nariman Point, Bandra and Juhu. Tata’s R Gopalakrishnan was our starting point, then came Mukund Rajan and now Harish Bhat, all of them have embraced the festival warmly and completely. Atul Agrawal, supported by Jayaa Sapkale, has been the Tata team that has worked with the festival all through the ten years, taking the rough with the smooth in their stride.

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The Inaugural Session will be held on Thursday, November 14 at 1 PM at NCPA's Tata Theatre.

Notable, authors and personalities like Naman Ahuja, Nadir Godrej, Pankaj Kapur, Perumal Murugan, Rajat Gupta, Shashi Tharoor, Shobhaa De, Shubha Mudgal, Simon Taufel, Swami Agnivesh, Vishal Bhardwaj, William Dalrymple, Yashwant Sinha will grace the event with their presence. 

The sessions will revolve on topics like Economy, Agrarian Distress, Water Crisis, Mental Health, Global Warming, Arts & Culture, Literature in all its forms, Cricket.

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