Art is what brings us together: The Tata Literature Live 2016
The 7th edition of Mumbai International Literature Festival aka Tata Literature Live 2016 was held between 17th November to 20th November 2016. The four-day fest conceived by Anil Dharkar was nothing short of a celebration at both NCPA & Prithvi Theatre simultaneously. The title sponsor was Tata Group and Landmark supported the book store.
If I say I can give you a full coverage of the Festival in my 400 words article, I would be lying.
It was my first visit to any literature festival and I was excited to attend. The fest was well designed to balance the schedule and suit everyone’s taste. When the afternoons heated-up with debates, evenings were light-hearted with the various performances. Topics covered in the fest included sports writing, classical music, drama, debates on social issues, multilingual poetry, straight talk on politics and interviews with novelists and eminent artists of different fields.
After collecting my pass at the registration desk, I went straight to the Swap a Book counter nearby. The initiative made it easy for me to take home other readers’ liking and transform my collection of books.
The Tata Lit Live 2016 stood true to its theme that Literature has no language. There was room for every kind of artist. Whether you enjoy poetry or discussion on politics; whether you prefer drama or music of the era gone by; whether you want to hear about biography of real-life heroes or you would like to entertain yourself with a play; the festival had it all.
The festival brought forward an array of artists, from around 15 countries, belonging to the fields of poetry, sports writing, story writing, journalism, social activity, politics and theatre. The aura was inspirational to the art enthusiasts. It was a perfect platform for budding writers like me to understand art from all dimensions. I particularly enjoyed a performance by Vidhya Shah who rendered a tribute to women singers of 1900 and after- On women who recorded on Gramophone which has now become a thing of the past.
There were other enjoyable conversations and debates as well during the four days which need a special mention here – The Ballads of Bant Singh, Polyphony, A play by the entire Shah Family – Riding Madly Off in All Direction, the debate on greatness on Shakespeare’s language and so on.
Several workshops on story writing, photography, painting, story-telling & reading illustrations were included to keep the audience engaged and provide them with a good learning experience.
My first visit to the festival has moved me to look for more such events where I can meet the legends, appreciate them and learn from them. Though my experience ended on the fourth day of the Festival, it left me with an urge to explore more about writing, reading, poetry and several other forms of art.
There is much more to say, but I will leave you with the idea of exploring the Festival yourself in the coming year and feel the brilliance.