V S Naipaul honoured with award
Nobel Laureate Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Festival Director and fellow litterateur Anil Dharker at Tata Theatre, NCPA, here last night.
Vidiadhar is among the most important literary figures of the century and his contributions have undeniably enriched literature for the benefit of humanity, said Anil Dharker, Festival Director.
His courage and persistence in holding sometimes unfashionable beliefs has made him the universal writer and humanist that he is.
This is one of the rare cases where an award is honoured by its recipient! A special audiovisual presentation chronicling the life and significance of Sir Vidia's role in the world of literature was screened, following which he was presented with the Landmark Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a silver plaque along with a shawl and a cash prize of 5 lakh.
The audience was treated to a session filled with Sir Vidia's characteristic wit and fierce opinions as he engaged in an onstage conversation with renowned writer and playwright Farrukh Dhondy. Also attending the event was Mr K N Suntook, Chairman, NCPA.
The event was a fitting end to the first day of the five-day festival that runs from October 31 to November 4, 2012 across five venues of the NCPA.
Tata Group is the title sponsor for the festival, supported by Landmark, Tata Steel and Land Rover.