Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest 2020

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Safdar Hashmi was a playwright and director, best known for his work with stirring political street theatre. In fact, he was killed on January 1,1989 while performing the street play, Halla Bol (Raise Your Voice!) by a gang of political goons. Three days later, his wife Moloyshree went with Hashmi’s Janam troupe to the location of the murder, and in a singular act of bravery, completed the performance.

Literature Live! will launch a book on his life, appropriately titled Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi by Sudhanva Deshpande, on Thursday, March 5 at 6.30 PM at NCPA’s Experimental Theatre. At the launch, Sameera Iyengar will be in conversation with Naseeruddin Shah, Moloyashree Hashmi and the author. There will also be a presentation of Jana Natya Manch’s classic play Machine.

Seating, as usual, is on a first come, first served basis, so do come early.

Thursday, 5th March 2020

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A Dominant Character : The Science & Politics of J.B.S Haldane : A talk by Samanth Subramanian.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020

Sophia College

Author’s Lounge

US Will Emerge from Polls Torn & Bleeding: Why India Stands Warned

By Shashi Tharoor

“In India & US, it is our toxic domestic politics that has undermined our credibility,” writes Dr Shashi Tharoor.

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From the pages of The Paris Review

By Sumana Ramanan

Interviews with Ralph Ellison and Edward P. Jones, and an essay on John Coltrane’s classic composition Alabama offer insights into the African-American condition in the US, at a time of unprecedented protests against racism

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Focus On Poetry

By Sumana Ramanan

Read about some women poets through the ages, poems about silence, and poetry as therapy

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