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

Manoranjan Byapari

Author, India

Manoranjan Byapari writes in Bengali. He taught himself to read and write at the age of twenty-four when he was in prison. He has worked as a rickshaw-puller, a sweeper, a porter, a cook. In 2018, the English translation of his memoir, Ittibrite Chandal Jibon (Interrogating My Chandal Life), received the Hindu Prize for non-fiction. The English translation of his novels Batashe Baruder Gandha and Chhera Chhera Jibon have been shortlisted for several literary prizes. He received the Shakti Bhatt Prize in 2023 for his body of work. In 2021, Byapari became a member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly.



  • 28th October
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The struggles and triumphs of Manoranjan Byapari
Manoranjan Byapari in conversation with Saumya Royi


  • 29th October
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The power of the memoir in Dalit literature
Manoranjan Byapari, Sumit Samos
Chair: Shrujana Niranjani Sridhar

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