The Eleventh Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Thu Nov 19, Fri Nov 20, Sat Nov 21, Sun Nov 22 2019

Panel Discussions
Book Launches

NCPA (South Mumbai)
St. Pauls Institute (Bandra)
Prithvi Theatre (Juhu)

It’s Just Not Real : Why Cultural Appropriation Isn’t Cool

Panel Discussions
  • Saturday, 16th Nov
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Tata Theatre - NCPA

When does cultural exchange end and cultural appropriation begin? Are you offended by Lady Gaga in a neon-pink burkha at London Fashion Week? Could Rudyard Kipling be accused of the sin? Are non-Dalits using Dalit characters in fiction not quite ‘authentic’? Kathryn Stockett admitted in the afterword to her novel, The Help, that she was worried she would “cross a terrible line writing in the voice of a black person.” But does the fear of cultural appropriation go against the very nature of fiction?

Panelists : Kannan Sundaram, Monica Ali, Perumal Murugan

Chair : Deepanjana Pal

  • Kannan Sundaram

  • Monica Ali

  • Perumal Murugan

  • Deepanjana Pal