Tata Literature Live! is Mumbai’s largest international literary festival. Featuring authors, poets, thought leaders and more it is an intelectually 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 eleventh edition of the festival will take place from Monday, 16th November to Sunday, 22nd November 2020 and will be a virtual festival celebrating real books. The sessions can all be viewed on our website, youtube channel and facebook, twitter & instagram pages.
There’s been no year like 2020. And let’s hope it stays that way. The pandemic locked us all down in virtual house arrest, yet there was never in our minds any doubt that the Eleventh Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest would take place, Corona Virus or no Corona Virus. At first we thought we would be there as usual, with milling crowds at NCPA, Title Waves and St Paul’s and Prithvi Theatre. Then, as the virus showed no signs of going away, we thought of a hybrid festival, part online, part offline. In August, we looked harsh reality in the face and said, ‘Let’s do it all online, but let’s make it bigger and better!’
Bigger and better it is. Of course, we will miss the physical buzz of the usual festival, the rush for passes, the camaraderie of the queue to get in, browsing through the book counters at each venue and the thrill of getting one’s favourite author to sign our copy and put our name on it. To compensate, at least in some way, we have expanded the festival from the usual 4 days to a full week (Monday, November 16 to Sunday 22nd). And the number of writers and speakers has gone up to over 160. And what a line-up! If you will forgive the immodesty, has an array of such brilliant minds in so many fields ever been seen together at a literary festival in India?
So take a week off from work. And immerse yourself in what promises to be a most magnificent feast for the mind.