Lyricist Javed Akhtar took visitors on a discovery of the intangible beauty and subtext of film songs from the interlinked Urdu, Hindi and Hindustani traditions, at one of the sessions at the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Talking easily about his humble roots and about his passion for cooking, noted chef Vikas Khanna said that the launch of his book was set to coincide with the airing of the fourth season of 'MasterChef India', on January 26.
65-year-old Naseeruddin Shah was in conversation with writer and actor Girish Karnad at the 'And Then One Day' session on the opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Percussionist Nathulal Solanki and his group presented a powerful performance, beating drums in a scintillating manner. The audience was rooted on the spot.
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, lighted the inaugural lamp and congratulated the organisers on the amazing footfall the festival has every year. "More and more people come to the festival each year, and magically this little Diggi Palace fits every one in. It is simply amazing."
The opening ceremony of the Jaipur Literature Festival started with mesmerizing tunes by Delhi based artiste Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project.
Noted Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi was the life of the party at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival. From hosting the book launch of her husband, Jawed Akhtar, to speaking about her poet father Kaifi Azmi, Shabana charmed the audiences with her candor.
The loudest cheers and smiles came when the young Jaisalmer Boys took to stage to perform Rajasthan's folk music. They presented folk tunes from the dunes and lit up the winter morning at Diggi Palace's front lawns with their enthusiasm.