The Literature festival season officially kicks off with Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest 2017 at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Nariman Point and Prithvi Theatre in Juhu. The festival will begin today with what is being described as an “intellectual slugfest” between Oxford historian Peter Frankopan and Parliamentarian and litfest regular Shashi Tharoor on the colonial cultural exchange between India and Great Britain. The festival ends on Sunday, November 19, when the winners of the Tata Literature Live! Awards will be announced, followed by a speech by the Lifetime Achievement awardee Girish Karnad.
Founder and festival director Anil Dharker says that the most stimulating part of the festival will be the “masterful raconteurs and brilliant intellectuals”, over a 100 of whom will be congregating in the city to give talks and be part of panel discussions, workshops and readings.
- The Dubliners Dilemma – A play about Irish writer James Joyce and his struggles, performed by Co-Motion Ireland at Godrej Theatre, NCPA, at 6.30 pm
- X&Y – Featuring Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics at Oxford as X and Victora Gould, an actor-cum-academic, as Y. This is a math lesson hidden inside a theatrical production at Tata Theatre, NCPA at 9 pm
- Michael Fehr: Spoken Word – A performance by Swiss author Michael Fehr and guitarist Raghuraman Ramasubramanian at Prithvi Theatre at 3.30 pm
- A Little Bit of Magic – A workshop for children with author Shabnam Minwalla on how to write stories on magic and fantasy, at Sea View Room, NCPA, from 11 am to 1 pm.