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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Arab Spring, Gandhi, Tolstoy and Tagore at Jaipur Lit Fest

New Delhi, Dec 7 In its seventh year the annual literary extravaganza in Jaipur is hosting once again a slew of international authors alongside Indian writers with focus on a variety of issues such as Arab Spring, Tagore, Tolstoy, Gandhi, the Anna Hazare phenomenon, as well as new writing. `Beginning January 20, 2012, the four-day Jaipur Literature Festival is scheduled to be held at at the heritage property Diggi Palace in Jaipur. Prominent authors who have confirmed their presence at the include Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri, British author of Kashmiri origin Hari Kunzru, Sri-lankan born Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje and Pakistani writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif and British writer Zoe Heller. English novelist and screenwriter, Helen Fielding, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, Academy award winning playwright Tom Stoppard and Buddhist scholar Thant Mynt-U also figura among the 200 speakers set to attend, according to a statement released today. "This year the festival will focus on a variety of issues including bhakti and sufi traditions, the Arab Spring, Gandhi, Ambedkar and Anna, vegetarianism, censorship, writing from conflict zones, theatre and other issues," say organisers. "The festival is now the Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing. It nourishes narratives and nurtures a vibrant literary community. Once again, this coming January, our festival will generate and give voice to the marvelous and spontaneous energy that has become its hallmark," says festival co-director Namita Gokhale. "This is our best Jaipur line up ever. ...We will also be analyzing the fascinatingly interwoven relationships of Tolstoy, Tagore and Gandhi", says festival co-director William Dalrymple.


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