Tata Literature Live! Mumbai LitFest 2021 announces its programming
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As in previous years, there will be stellar international programming across literature, poetry, philosophy, science, business and the arts, including Amitav Ghosh, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Steven Pinker, Nick Hornby, Shashi Tharoor, Indra Nooyi, David Baldacci, Ashis Nandy, Nguy? N Phan Qu? Mai, Vidya Dehejia, Martin Kemp, Rebecca Solnit, Ruskin Bond, Amish, Neena Gupta, Ashwin Sanghi, Matthew Weiner, Marlon James, Shobhaa De, Rutger Bregman, Amy Blakemore, Matt Haig, Heather Morris, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Dolly Thakore , Jonathan Drori, Hilary Leichter, Daniel Lieberman, Farah Bashir, Sanjena Sathian.
Viewers can also rejoice in the traditional highlights of the Festival: the Lifetime Achievement Award given to a distinguished literary personality; presentation to the annual Poet Laureate; the Great Debate; daily shows, including for children, and the prestigious Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest Literary Awards for the first book and the book of the year in the categories Fiction and Non-Fiction, Business Book of the Year and Publisher of the Year.
The festival has always had a tradition of regularly introducing a new element. This year will see the Introduction to Indian Languages with a session on Marathi prose and poetry, as well as a performance in Marathi.
The 2021 Festival will be an act of tribute to its founder and founding director, Anil Dharker, who passed away in March 2021. He pioneered the concept of a literary festival for Mumbai and made it an internationally known and respected forum thanks to the depth and range of his knowledge and access, and his extraordinary efforts. The Festival will also salute the memory of Shashi Baliga, its general manager, who unfortunately lost the battle against COVID-19 in May 2021. She was its mentor and advisor.
Speaking of Tata Literature Live! At Mumbai LitFest 2021, festival director Amy Fernandes said: “This is a much anticipated annual event. Despite the enormous challenges of the past 18 months, we’ve been able to maintain an unbroken streak to announce its 12th avatar this year. This Litfest will be a poignant event for us, our associates and our regular audience, which Anil Dharker and Shashi Baliga will miss, but it will also be a matter of pride to organize a festival that meets the exceptional standards they have set for themselves. As we once again welcome world leaders in thought and speech on a range of topics, we would like to sincerely thank the Tata Group for their continued support and belief in the enduring value of Litfest. ”
Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, said: “After last year’s very successful digital edition, we are ready to welcome everyone to the 12th edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, which will also be held in a digital format due to the current pandemic and will be accessible nationwide and globally. Literature and art have always been two strong pillars in uplifting our community, and we believe they will be even more important as we slowly return to normalcy after an unprecedented 18 months. ”