Shanta Gokhale is a bilingual writer, novelist, playwright, translator and performing arts, culture critic and editor. Her first stint as editor...
Why does one write one's autobiography? In the case of Shanta Gokhale, she had a friend, Jerry Pinto, consultant to the publisher Speaking Tiger, who insisted so persistently that she had a story to tell, that she finally caved in. What she eventually gave us was, as the publisher's blurb says, “an unusual, extraordinary autobiography [that] traces the arc of her life over eight decades through the progress of her body, as it grows, matures and begins to wind down... Told with effortless humour and candour, One Foot on the Ground is the story of a life full of happiness, heartbreak, wonder and acceptance. It will rank among the finest personal histories written in India."
We are delighted to invite Shanta Gokhale to Mumbai Local, this time to chat with us about the nature of telling personal stories. We will traverse autobiographies and memoirs, women’s writing and men’s writing, the effect of class and privilege on the way we tell our stories, the increasingly fluid boundaries between fiction and autobiography, and the sense of self that underlies it all.
Do join us on Friday for another delightful evening with Shanta Gokhale. The conversation will be peppered with readings, and of course, Shanta’s effortless humour and candour!
Session curated by Sameera Iyengar
RSVP for this session opens on Monday, 16th March, 2020
PS: Harkat is not yet wheelchair accessible. We will help everyone enter while a longer-term solution is being worked out.
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"
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