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Literature Live! - The Mumbai Lit Fest:

The Mumbai Lit Fest is called Literature Live! Because it is not an academic exercise but an interactive festival that uses the spoken and written word, stage enactments and music to make Literature Live!

The festival will be held at various venues around the NCPA from 12th - 14th of November.

Schedule of Events

Day I – Friday, 12 November: Tata Theatre

Session I:
Subject: Mythology Redux

Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Participants: Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi, Santosh Desai

Session II
Subject: New India, New Writing

Time: 1.30pm – 3pm
Participants: Manu Joseph, C P Surendran, Kalpish Ratna, Aniruddha Bahal
Moderator: Renuka Chatterji

Session III
Subject: Life by the Throat – Poetry readings and discussion

Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Participants: Keki Daruwala, CP Surendran, Arundhathi Subramaniam

Session IV
Subject: The Insider Book

Time: 5pm– 6.30pm
Participants: B G Verghese, Kumar Ketkar

Session V
Subject: Autobiography: Kuchh Bhi Ho Sakta Hai

Time: 7pm– 9pm
Participant: Anupam Kher

Day II – Saturday, 13 November: Experimental Theatre

Session I
Subject: E-Literature: Here today, gone tomorrow?

Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Participants: Parmesh Shahani, Meenakshi Reddy, Anupam Mukerji
The world is moving rapidly to e-literature and the participants, each of whom has used the new medium for their writing, will talk about their experiences and how different they are from the traditional world of the printed book.

Session II
Subject: CWG & After

Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Participants: Boria Majumdar, Ayaz Memon

Session III
Subject: New Cities

Time: 3pm to 4pm
Participants: Charles Correa, Sen Kapadia, Gerson D’Cunha

Session IV
Subject: Book releases

Time: 4.30pm to 5.30 pm
* Narayani Ganesh’s biography of her actor father, Gemini Ganesan, the legendary Kaadhal Mannan (King of Romance), actor and father.
* Sharmistha Gooptu’s Bengali Cinema: Another Nation, on cinema’s emergence as a popular form in Bengal in the first half of the twentieth century, leading up to its last phase of transition in the 1980s.

Session V
Subject: The National Anthem revisited

Time: 6pm – 6.30pm
Participant: Ameen Sayani

Session VI
Subject: The Kite Runner

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Participants: Sorab Wadia, Chris Snock

Day III – Sunday, 14 November: Experimental Theatre

Session I
Subject: Theatre Masterclass
Time: 11.30pm – 1.30 pm
Participants: Mahesh Elkunchwar and Necropolis by Aasakta

Session II
Subject: Lost Cities, Disowned Cities

Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Participant: Ashis Nandy

Session III
Subject: Poetry of the City

Time: 4pm to 5pm
Pritish Nandy, Malavika Sangghvi, Gerson D’Cunha
The poets will read from their works and poems about the city of Mumbai.

Session IV
Subject: Book Release and presentation

Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
* Susan Stronge’s Made for Mughal Emperors. Stronge is a Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and specialises in the court arts of the Indian subcontinent. Among her many publications is The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms. Her lavishly illustrated book tells the stories behind the artwork of Mughal Hindustan, renowned for its opulence.

Session V

Subject: Johnny’s Midnight Goggles: Stories on a Cello
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
Participants: Mathew Sharp

Day IV – Monday, 15 November, Lavasa

Session I
Subject: The Kite Runner
Time: 11am – 1 pm
Participants: Sorab Wadia, Chris Snock

Session III
Subject: Finkelstein’s Castle: Stories on a Cello

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm
Participants: Mathew Sharp

Session II
Subject: Humour is Serious Business

Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Participants: Bachi Karkaria, Anuvab Pal
In this session, two very different writers of humour will not only talk about their art but will also interact with the audience, creating an informal workshop of sorts.

Session IV
Subject: Speaking for Young India

Time: 6.30pm – 8pm

Chetan Bhagat, Anuvab Pal

6th to 13th November 2010 at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra

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hotINK at the LARK
: New plays from around the world, March 24-28

hotINK is an international play reading series, previously presented by Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, that has introduced plays from Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Japan, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, The Netherlands, the U.K., the U.S. and Wales.

Previous festivals have also featured the work of U.S. playwrights Rinne Groff, Eduardo Machado, David Mamet, Heather McDonald, Chiori Miyagawa, Itamar Moses, Keith Reddin and Mac Wellman, as well as such distinguished actors and directors as Reed Birney, Bill Camp, Gisela Cardenas, Kathleen Chalfant, Trip Cullman, Liz Diamond, Mireille Enos, Giancarlo Esposito, Joe Grifasi, Jason Butler Harner, Jessica Hecht, Jayne Houdyshell, Marin Ireland, Ken Leung, Robert Lyons, Davis McCallum, Joanna Merlin, Haley Joel Osment, Andy Paris, Larry Pine, Jay O. Sanders, Henry Stram, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ray Anthony Thomas, Daniella Topol and Liesl Tommy.

The new, upcoming hotINK Festival will present work by 8-10 playwrights from outside the United States in readings at the Lark Play Development Center, March 24-28, 2010. Each play will be presented once, following approximately six to eight hours of rehearsal with outstanding New York director and actors. Readings are attended by fellow playwrights, literary managers, producers, artistic directors, translators, dramaturgs, scholars, journalists, educators, students and New York theatre audiences.


Submission Guidelines

  • Submission deadline: November 7, 2010.
  • Full-length plays in English from any country outside the U.S. that have not had productions in the U.S. are welcome. We are currently unable to consider musicals. We can only accept one play from each author.
  • Include in your submission: contact information, a short narrative bio and a cast of characters, each briefly described.
  • Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email scripts and supporting materials in one PDF or Word document to: hotinkatthelark@gmail.com
  • If electronic submission is not possible, please mail scripts and all supporting materials, postmarked by November 7th, 2010, to:

Catherine Coray/hotINK
Department of Drama
Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003

  • Please be advised that materials will not be returned. Selected playwrights will be contacted by early January, 2011.
  • hotINK cannot cover the cost of travel or housing for playwrights. However, we will work with selected writers to seek and apply for travel funding.