Acclaimed Indian-American fiction author Amitav Ghosh has been named for this year’s Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian literary space.
- The award will be presented to him at the upcoming four-day Tata Literature Live! annual awards ceremony scheduled for November 20 in Mumbai.
- Among the most celebrated writers in India, Ghosh has a universal following and is famed for the meticulous historical research that is woven into his writings. Honoured with Padma Shri in 2007, Ghosh’s some best known books, many of them award-winners, are ‘Ibis Trilogy – Sea of Poppies’, ‘River of Smoke’ and ‘Flood of Fire’, preceded by ‘The Circle of Reason’ and ‘The Shadow Lines’, which won the Sahitya Akademi Award. Other books penned by him include ‘The Calcutta Chromosome’, ‘The Glass Place.
- Ghosh’s works have been translated into more than 20 languages and he has served on the juries of various international film festivals besides bagging the International Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis Festival in Montreal 2011.
The award is a part of the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest that presents awards to honour achievements by Indian writers. The other awards that celebrate and recognise outstanding works include – the Tata Hexa Literature Live! First Book Awards and the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Awards in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories, the Tata Literature Live! Business Book Award, Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award and Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award.