The Eleventh Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 22nd 2020

Virtual Festival
Real Books

Live on YouTube, Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram

Anil Dharker

Founder & Festival Director, Literature Live!, India

Anil Dharker is a Mumbai-based writer and columnist. At various stages in his life, he has been an engineer on the academic staff of the University of Glasgow, a consultant in a Mumbai architectural firm, a film critic and censor, a promoter of New Cinema with the National Film Development Corporation and an editor successively, of Debonair, Mid-Day and Sunday Mid-Day, The Independent, and The Illustrated Weekly of India. Dharker has worked in television as producer and anchor, as well as head of a news television channel, then poised for takeoff. He was also, briefly, creative director of the Zee Television network. He is still remembered for his long stint as TV critic at The Sunday Observer, where readers, viewers, producers, Doordarshan directors-general and ministers found his column the one they loved to hate. These were reprinted in an anthology by HarperCollins titled Sorry Not Ready:Television in the Time of PMdarshan. Dharker has written a coffee-table book on Goa; a biography of industrialist OP Jindal, The Man Who Talked To Machines; and a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March, The Romance Of Salt. Recently, he brought out an anthology, Icons: The Men & Women Who Shaped Today’s India.


Inauguration of Tata Literature Live! 2020

  • 16th November
  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Festival Inauguration followed by The Enduring Power Of Words.
Ian McEwan live in conversation with Anil Dharker.

Tata Literature Live! 2020 Poet Laureate

  • 20th November
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Presentation to Javed Akhtar with a citation by Ashutosh Gowariker, followed by a reading of his poems; accompanied by Rakshanda Jalil; and a conversation with Anil Dharker.

Inside Story

  • 21st November
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 am

The life and literature of Martin Amis.
Martin Amis in conversation with Anil Dharker.

Anil Dharker

Reading The Game

  • 22nd November
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cricket aficionados discuss their favourite books on the sport.
A panel discussion with Anil Dharker, Naseeruddin Shah, Shashi Tharoor and Ayaz Memon as the chair.