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

Tess Joseph

Casting Director, India

Tess Joseph is an Oscar Nominated Casting Director & Director of Spoken Fest 2017-2024. Tess has cast for Mira Nair, Russo Brothers, Wes Anderson, Garth Davis, Ramin Bahrani, Sooni Taraporevala and Doug Liman. In 2020 she joined The Academy’s Casting Directors Branch. She is the Curator of Spoken Fest 2017-2024 Asia’s Largest Spoken Word Festival.



  • 28th October
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Exploring self, belonging, and displacement through verse
Kirli Saunders, Tenzin Tsundue
Chair: Tess Joseph

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