Shanta Gokhale is a bilingual writer, novelist, playwright, translator and performing arts, culture critic and editor. Her first stint as editor...
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
Where do stories come from? Where do they reside? And how might you release or fashion them?
We seem to be in times when more and more non-fiction narratives are being created in writing styles that are meant for the curious reader - fascinating biographies, stories of ideas and inventions, cultural histories and so on. Some of these stories are created by Editors, delving into existing material to offer up a compelling story for our benefit and pleasure. Much like Michelangelo, the editor sees the angel in the material and applies her skill and knowledge to set it free.
We are absolutely delighted to have Shanta Gokhale - bilingual writer, novelist, playwright, translator and performing arts, culture critic and editor -shantagokhale.com- once again, at Mumbai Local. Amongst the many books that she has written, Shanta is also Editor of Satyadev Dubey: A Fifty-year Journey Through Theatre, The Scenes We Made: An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai and The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla. In this Mumbai Local, Shanta will talk to us about what it means to be the editor of a book - the challenges posed by existing material, the fascinating emergence of the narrative, and the possible approaches to crafting the final story. She will take us through the creative experience of what it means to be an editor; how it calls for ways of seeing that differ from writing your own book.
On Sat 4th November, 5 pm at MCubed Library, we look forward to sharing with you an evening filled with the joy of discovering and sharing stories, through the keen, in-love-with-life eyes of Shanta Gokhale.
And a gentle request and reminder - in keeping with the spirit of Mumbai Local, please share the details to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested - the more people who join us the merrier!
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Shanta Gokhale is a bilingual writer, novelist, playwright, translator and performing arts, culture critic and editor. Her first stint as editor was with Femina where she created a two-page section called Literati, comprising fiction by women. Some of it was written originally in English and some translated from other Indian languages. Her next stint as editor was designing and running the arts page for the Times of India. In recent times she has edited three books on theatre: "Satyadev Dubey: A Fifty-year Journey Through Theatre", The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla: Theory, Practice, Performance and "The Scenes We Made: An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai". She has written two novels in Marathi both of which won the State award in their respective years of publication. She has written a critical history of Marathi Theatre, "Playwright at the Centre". She has also written plays and scripts for feature and documentary films. She has been writing a culture column for Mumbai Mirror since 2006. In 2016 she received the Sangit Natak Akademi award for overall contribution to the performing arts. She also received the Jambhekar Shastri award for her translation into Marathi of Jerry Pinto's "Em and the Big Hoom"