The Twelfth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Thursday, November 18th to Sunday, November 21st 2021

Literature Unmasked

Live on YouTube, Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram

  • Sunday, 22nd Nov
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm IST

Ben Walsh & The Orkestra of the Underground perform Shaun Tan’s wordless novel, The Arrival. It tells a tale of a refugee’s adventure into a challenging foreign world, weaving illustrations into a surreal story without using a single written word. When composer Benjamin Walsh discovered The Arrival, he imagined the whole story brought to life in sound.

“Walsh has so accurately captured the plight of Tan’s character; each moment of complete disassociation with the new environment; the heightened fear of acceptance and complete lack of social understanding. All were depicted so deftly and with such clarity, that you could not help but agonise with the hero through his struggles, and rejoice with him in his success”
– Adelaide Review

“Ben Walsh and the Orkestra of the Underground’s score to The Arrival is a timely exercise in empathy.”
“The Arrival has had a long run, enjoying sold-out shows around Australia. I only hope that more people have the chance to see this beautiful and important work.”
– Partial Durations

All images: copyright Shaun Tan:

All images provided with courtesy by Hachette Publishing


Supported by – Australian Consulate-General


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