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


  • Saturday, 28th Oct
  • 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm IST
  • NCPA, Tata Garden

Three women and one potter’s wheel.
Prajapati, Sanskrit for potter, represents both the supreme creator and the lowest of the low.

Parvati, the goddess of divine strength and power, is abandoned by her new husband Shiva. Desperate for a child she takes the dirt and sweat of her body and fashions Ganesh from the earth.
Meena works alongside hundreds of thousands of others in the clay and construction industry in India today that exploits India’s poorest women.

Vidya Thirunarayan, Bharatanatyam dancer and potter tells us their stories through the expressive art that has defined her own.

Featuring exceptional dance, throwing pots at the wheel, startling new text and original sound, Lives of Clay spins together stories of ancient myth, harsh reality, and intimate truth.

Cast & Credits:

Presented by The Clay Connection in association with Supple Productions
Conceived and Performed by Vidya Thirunarayan
Director: Tim Supple
Writer: Vayu Naidu
Director of Choreography: Debbie Fionn Barr
Designer: Julie Landau
Composer: Barry Ganberg
Sound Design: Alan Burgess
Tour & Stage Manager: Anna Weatherston
Producer: Lisa Wolfe
Duration: 45 mins (no interval)

Lives of Clay (2021) was commissioned by Without Walls, Brighton Festival and Certain Blacks. Funded by Arts Council England, supported by Art Asia and 101 Outdoor Arts

Performance Partner: Godrej