Jaipur Literature Festival

Asia’s leading literature event Jaipur Literature Festival is being organized here in Jaipur, since 21 st January.
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the 5 day mega event. Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and many other national and international writers encompassed a range of activities including readings, talks, literary lunches, debates, performances, film, music and theatre, children’s workshops and interactive activities during the festival. Noted writers including Jerry Pinto, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Muriza Shamsee, PrasoonJoshi, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Mridula Garg participated in literary talks. The subjects of talks varied from literature, language, story telling, women empowerment to recitation. This festival provides a chance for readers to interact with their writers.
Noted lyricist Gulzaar, Javed Akhtar along with Prasoon Joshi talked about the language the present scenario of Indian Songs while John Le Endersn and David Finkle discussed about the reporting of occupation. Hundreds of writers are enthusiastically participating in the festival. 
In the festival South Asia Literary award worth Fifty thousand US Dollar was accorded to the noted Pakistani Writer H.M.Naquvi for his book "Home Boys". This book features the story of three friends who faced the problems of their identity after the attack of 9/11.
The Jaipur Literature Festival was originally an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, an NGO that works with Rajasthan’s musicians and craftspeople to preserve skills and promote economic livelihoods while protecting heritage. The fest opened with bracing Rajasthani folk tunes as writers from India and various parts of the sub-continent and the world gathered in Jaipur to participate in the lit fete. 


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