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The 9th edition of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is about to begin and it guarantees a treat for book lovers! The place will be soon seen filled with people, eagerly waiting to meet the most popular and eminent people in the literary world. Get ready for anecdotes, discussions, analysis and new books at the Regal Diggi Palace in Jaipur.
Just like every year, the place is expected to be a hub for some of the best writes, thinkers and journalists all together, under one roof to interact with fans, discuss ideas, comment on raging issues and much more.
Here are the things that we are looking forward to at the festival:
Ruskin Bond, Stephen Fry and Margaret Atwood to take center stage:
One of the main charms of the event is the talk by every child’s favourite Ruskin Bond on the first day of the event. The author is loved and appreciated by all, for giving us some of the amazing and out of the world stories like ‘The Room on the Roof’, ‘The Blue Umbrella’, ‘Rain in the Mountains’ and many others.
People will also get a chance to hear the multi talented Stephen Fry and a veteran poet from Canada, Margaret Atwood.
Focus on translation and writings in regional language:
Giving a new turn to the festival, the event won't be revolving around the English language anymore. Regional languages will be promoted and a discussion on how translation is an important bridge between the reader and the writer will take place. Uday Prakash, leading figures in modern Indian literature, will be speaking at the festival along with Alka Saraogi, popularly known for writing many short stories.
The Bollywood Connect:
Lyricist Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Shobhaa De and Roniee Screwwala will also be speaking at this year’s festival. Filmmaker Karan Johar and his biographer Poonam Saxena will also be present and will launch the director’s biography ‘An Unsuitable Boy’.
Music is of utmost importance in the festival and just like every year, the front lawns of Diggi Palace will see excellent performance by some of the amazing folk, sufi and classical musicians. Rajasthani musicians Nathoo Solanki and Chugge Khan will be opening the festival this year. They will be joined on stage by Gaayatri Kaundinya, a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Baba Allauddin Maihar Senia Gharana and then will be taken further by Medieval Pandits and Karsh Kale Collective. India’s top fusion band, Swarathma, would be closing the festival on Sunday evening.
Behind the shoot of the Afghan Girl:
Award winning photographer Steve McCurry will be in conversation with Dexter Fillis. McCurry is known for capturing the iconic picture of an Afghan girl in 1984 during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. McCurry is expected to share anecdotes of how he captured the iconic image dressed in disguise and what it takes to be capturing the human side of a war.