The Fourteenth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Wednesday, October 25th to Sunday, October 29th 2023


Online : 25 - 26 Oct
On ground : 27 - 29 Oct

Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award

The Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award recognises and salutes sustained and outstanding contribution to writing and literature in India.


2023 Recipient

The 2023 recipient of the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award is C S Lakshmi (Ambai). She is one of India’s leading writers and academicians, forging a trailblazing path at a time when education and literary pursuits were not common for women. Her contribution to the field of Indian literature cannot be overstated. She is indeed credited with transforming Tamil fiction, especially the short story genre, imaginatively experimenting with both form and language.

As a leading raconteur of women’s stories, exploring their loves, relationships, quests and journeys, C S Lakshmi’s writing is both incisive and nuanced. Throughout the long span of her body of work, her writing has continued being fresh and original. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, one of India’s highest literary awards, for her novel Sivappu Kazhuthudan Oru Pachai Paravai (A Red-Necked Green Bird). Most of her work has been translated into English, one of the best known being Veetin Mulaiyil Oru Samayalarai which was translated by Lakshmi Holmström as A Kitchen in the Corner of the House. The book is a riveting composition in which the lives of three generations of women in a Rajasthani household are portrayed through the gaze of a Tamil daughter-in-law.

Pioneering in her life and writing, outstanding in her command over language, women-oriented in her work, C S Lakshmi exemplifies in many ways the essence of our Festival.

Past Recipients

Mahesh Elkunchwar


Anita Desai


Ruskin Bond


Shanta Gokhale


Mark Tully


Girish Karnad


Amitav Ghosh


Kiran Nagarkar


M T Vasudevan Nair


Khushwant Singh


Sir Vidia Naipaul


Mahasweta Devi