Tata Literature Live! Awards Night - 2014

On 2nd Novemeber, the fourth day of The 5th edition of Tata Literature Live a Awards Ceremony was held in National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA),Mumbai to felicitate the noteworthy and outstanding contributors in Literature.

90% of Literature is Stolen" that is the quote with what the Award ceremony of the 5th edition of Tata Literature Live commenced. Expected when you ask  "Anuvab Pal ", standup comedian to host a Literature award show.
Anuvab turned it into a  laughing riot with jokes on every caste and community ranging from the Bengalis(his own) to Punjabis and even the Bangaloreans. Ironically pointing out all the prevalent typecasts he made everyone laugh their hearts out.
I was smart enough to record the whole of it! Have heard it number of times now.
Like last four years,
the Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
was part of the awards
This year saw new additions to this list, with
The Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award,
The Tata Literature Live! Business Book Award,
and the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award in both Fiction and Non-Fiction categories.

When Mr. Anil Dharker addressed the gathering spoke about how he was enthusiastic and proud about the new additions. He pointed out tha Poet Laureate Award was introduced with the objective of honouring the most inspiring but oft-neglected literary form of Poetry.

Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award
Malayalam author, scriptwriter and film director,
M T Vasudevan Nair was felicitated with Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space.

Recipient of 24 literary awards, and over 30 film awards, Nair, at the age of 81, has received the country’s most prestigious literary awards - the Jnanpith and several Sahitya Akademi awards.
The award was given away by Dr. Mukund Rajan, Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, and Founder and Festival Director, Mr. Anil Dharker.
Motivation it was to witness M T Vasudevan Nair receive this award when he spoke about his roots, his village in Kerala and the struggles he went through. Receiving the award he narrated his story about how he got his first few works published in a magazine.
What impressed me best was how he spoke about the art of writing
In my adolescence, writing was a game I could play alone. After 700 works of writing, I am still nervous like a student attempting his exam. I believe the reason why writers are different from non-writers, is that they are much more sensitive to the pain, the pleasure and other finer aspects of life.”

Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award
The first Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award went to prolific Indian poet, Joy Goswami, who writes in Bengali.

Acclaimed poet, Mr. Ashok Vajyapee and Mr. Khushroo Suntook, Chairman, NCPA, felicitated Goswami at the awards ceremony.
Goswami spoke on how he was surprised to receive a call from Anil Daharekar about the award.  His poems which are in bengali are translated by Sampurna Chattarji, a poet & novelist. Some of Joy Goswami's poems were read out by the host Anuvab and Sampurna Chattarji. Goswami read out a beautiful poem which he had written specially for the event.

 Tata Literature Live! First Book Award

The Shortlisted in Fiction category were

    This award went to Mahesh Rao for his savagely funny and deeply poignant debut fiction, ‘The Smoke Is Rising’ by . The book is a riveting portrait of a city hurtling towards an epic clash of modernity and tradition, and all the wandering souls – some hopeful, some broken, and a few somewhere in-between – who find themselves caught in the middle. The award was presented by Carol Andrade, a Senior Journalist, an esteemed member of the jury

The Shortlisted in  Non-Fiction category were

This category saw Karnatik music vocalist TM Krishna emerge as a winner for his book, ‘A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story’, which meticulously and lyrically explores every aspect of the world of Karnatik music. Krishna is a recipient of the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award by the Central Sangeet Natak Academy. Madhu Jain, Author and Editor, and a member of the jury, announced the winner

Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award
The Shortlisted were

This award was won by Rajiv Narang and Devika Devaiah for their book, ‘Orbit-Shifting Innovation - The Dynamics of Ideas that Create History’. This book empowers readers to overcome obstacles to innovation and provides the tools to maximize the impact of transformative change. Narang was part of the National Planning Commission Panel to recommend ‘India's Innovation Strategy’. Devika Devaiah is the Director of Erehwon Innovation Consulting. The award was given away by Ms. Neeru Nanda.

The Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award

The Shortlisted in Fiction category were

For Fiction, went to Damon Galgut for his book, ‘Arctic Summer’. Meticulously researched and vividly imagined, Arctic Summer conjures up the figure of E.M. Forster as he struggles to write his masterpiece, A Passage To India. Galgut’s earlier works have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Poet and Author, Arundhathi Subramaniam (jury member) announced the winner

The Shortlisted in  Non-Fiction category were

In the Non-Fiction category, Rana Dasgupta won the award for his book, ‘Capital - The Eruption of Delhi’ in which Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: the expansion of the global elite.  Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi that offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. Dasgupta’s earlier book 'Solo' won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book: Europe and South Asia. Senior journalist, Dileep Padgaonkar (jury member) announced the winner

Extremely happy with this year’s edition, Dharker said, “I can't believe that the 5th Tata Literature Live festival is coming to a close. It has been an incredible four days. We have had a huge turnout of audience that we can't believe. Our sessions have been full and we have had live projections to other venues which have been full as well. All three venues of Prithvi were overflowing. Literature has taken hold of the city in a significant way and perhaps Tata Literature Live has contributed in a small way to that.”

Dr. Mukund Rajan said, “The Tata group has always supported and encouraged art and culture. Our congratulations to the remarkable talent that has been recognized with the Tata LiteratureLive! Awards. A festival like this cannot be successful without the whole-hearted and enthusiastic participation of literary enthusiasts, and we are delighted that they have come in large numbers this year, to participate both in South Mumbai and the North Mumbai venue that we have introduced for the first time. We look forward to the festival going from strength to strength in the coming years.”

For more details about Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest

I am thankful to Blogadda, the Official Blogging partner of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest  for inviting me to this event.


  1. omg! so lucky u got to go there! it was nice reading a summary of it ,even for the people who did'nt get to attend.


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