Sir V. S. Naipaul gets Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award
The atmosphere was thick with excitement as a scintillating mix of Indian and international authors and thousands of lovers of literature gathered together to kick off the third edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest.
The highlight of the first day was the honoring of Nobel Laureate Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul with the Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award by Festival Director and fellow litterateur Anil Dharker at Tata Theatre, NCPA. A special audiovisual presentation chronicling the life and significance of Sir Vidia’s role in the world of literature was screened, following which he was presented with the Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a silver plaque along with a shawl and a cash prize of 5 lakhs.
“Sir Vidia is among the most important literary figures of the century and his contributions have undeniably enriched literature for the benefit of humanity,” said Anil Dharker, Festival Director. “His courage and persistence in holding sometimes unfashionable beliefs has made him the universal writer and humanist that he is. This is one of the rare cases where an award is honoured by its recipient!” The Celebrities spotted were
Dolly Thakore and
Jaggi Vasudev the spiritual Guru.
The audience was treated to a session filled with Sir Vidia’s characteristic wit and fierce opinions as he engaged in an onstage conversation with renowned writer and playwright Farrukh Dhondy. Also attending the event was Mr. K. N. Suntook, Chairman, NCPA.
“The thing about writing is that you got to keep on”, said Sir Vidia “Reality alone doesn’t make a book, it involves fantasia as well.”
The day’s first book launch saw London Company, the latest work by renowned writer, playwright and activist Farrukh Dhondy presented to the keen audience by noted Indian novelist and publisher David Davidar. The evening was host to the launch of India Grows at Night, a literary work of bravardo by prolific Indian author, commentator and public intellectual Gurcharan Das that was released by eminent Indian business entrepreneur, writer and speaker Jaithirth Rao, popularly known as Jerry Rao. The day’s last book launch drew hordes of admirers as former journalist and internationally acclaimed author Ashok Banker’s latest literary delight Kali Rising was unveiled by notable Canadian writer Trevor Carolan.