November 18, 2016

Day two of the seventh edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest was all about exchanging great ideas

Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award 2016 conferred on Gulzarsaab

From left: Dr Mukund Rajan, chief ethics officer and chairman of the Tata Global Sustainability Council; Amitav Ghosh, acclaimed author; Arvind Subramanian, chief economic advisor to the Government of India; Sanjeeb Chaudhari, global head of brand and chief marketing officer at Standard Chartered Bank; in a discussion on Chasing a Mirage, at of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest on the second day
Mumbai: Day 2 of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest kicked off with a fascinating discussion by eminent author Amitav Ghosh, global head of brand and chief marketing officer Standard Chartered Bank Sanjeeb Chaudhari and chief economic advisor to the Government of India Arvind Subramanian on the topic: 'Chasing a Mirage: Is perpetual growth attainable?' Chief ethics officer and chairman of the Tata Global Sustainability Council Dr Mukund Rajan was in the chair. Subramanian opened the session on a positive note saying that for a country like India, with a comparatively low standard of living, the possibility of growth is immense and desirable.

Amitav Ghosh rued that the growth machine is unstoppable globally. Unavoidable aspects of such growth like cement and construction pose a threat to the world's environment. He said a giant cloud of aerosol hovers over the earth and can be seen from space. There was also a stimulating discussion by the panelists on aspects of frugality, awareness, and the differing values of the older and the younger generation, with the latter being commended for a more egalitarian mindset while they may have a different take on the use of resources.

One of the panel discussions was 'Then what happens? Do authors know where the story is going?' Chaired by ex-associate professor and head of department of English at St Xavier's College, Mumbai, Shefali Balsari-Shah, the panel comprised author Amish Tripathi, novelist and literary critic Giorgio Montefoschi and Swiss author Monica Cantieni. Montefoschi started the discussion by declaring the writer is blind and the novel is the fruit of his blindness. "Literature is contrary of exactness. At times, when I am unclear of what comes next, I leave a line midway and get to it the next day." Tripathi pointed out, while it is Shakespeare's 400th year, Kalidas's work has been known for more than 16 centuries.

He said, "Traditionally Indian storytelling does not have a conclusion." In terms of thinking of the end of a story, a novel must touch emotions and have a core philosophy. "Only 25 percent of what I imagine is reflected in my novels. For aspiring writers, I strongly suggest not to read self-help books and focus on discovering the story as it goes," he added.

Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award 2016, announced earlier this month, was conferred today on legendary poet Gulzarsaab at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2016.

Besides panel discussions and straight talk sessions, specialised workshops were conducted on 'Writing spine-chilling stories' and 'Staging Literature'. Going Viral, a show written and designed by Daniel Bye, blended storytelling and a performance lecture. This was followed by a magic show and a staged reading of macabre and hilarious selections from British novelist Roald Dahl's works.
Taking place across two iconic venues, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point, and Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, the festival's invigorating line-up of debates, talks, and creative performances is sure to delight literature lovers at the festival.

For more details about Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2016, please visit:
Festival website: www.tatalitlive.in
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Entry to the festival will be free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tata group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, Tata Hexa is the co-sponsor and Landmark is the knowledge partner. The festival is conceived by Anil Dharker, founder and festival director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata group.