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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Rajasthan's rich heritage to be in focus this year

First published: January 19, 2015, 9:24 AM IST | Updated: January 19, 2015
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Rajasthan's rich heritage to be in focus this year
The lawns Diggi Palace, which once belonged to a Thakur family, have been a host to the festival since 2006.

All roads in Jaipur will lead to Diggi Palace on January 21st for the annual Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. With an eclectic mix of speakers' part of this year's program, the festival promises to bigger and better.

The lawns of the historic Diggi Palace, which once belonged to a Thakur family, has been a host to the festival since the year of its inception - 2006 and showcases local, national as well as international talent in the world of literature and music.

Much like the years before, some very prominent names of the literary world are expected to attend this year's festival. From VS Naipaul to Girish Karnad to Amish Tripathi to Chetan Bhagat to Javed Akhtar - India's prominent personalities will share the platform with international names like Bettany Hughes, Hakan Nasser, Anne Zaidi and others.

Apart from discussions and debate on literature and its future in today's time, the festival will also focus on Rajasthani culture. From its rich history, to its music - sessions have been planned out to create more awareness for the vistors about the rich heritage of the state. The Festival will also look back at the distinctive literary and visual arts traditions of courtly Rajasthan with cultural historians Molly Emma Aitken, BN Goswamy, Kavita Singh and Rima Hooja. Aitken and Goswamy will also be in coversation earlier in the week on the intircate miniature paintings of Rajasthan which has revolutionised our understnading of the courtly world and family ateliers that produced them.

In addition to the sessions at the main Festival site, the city itself will become a participant in the Festival as Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal become venues for unique satellite events as the Festival expands beyond Diggi Palace.

Naseeruddin Shah will recite the poetry of Manto on Wednesday 21 January at Amer Fort. The acclaimed actor will be followed by a performance from Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project supported by Rajasthan Tourism. Actress Shabani Azmi will also read poetry at the Hawa Mahal on Thursday 22 January, followed by a fiery flamenco performance by Rasa Duendes.

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