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Hindu Philosophy fascinated WB Yeats: Remembering him and his Timeless Poetry at Jaipur Literature Festival

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Jaipur, Jan 20, 2017: William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature, has cast his shadow over the history of both “modern poetry” and “modern Ireland” for so long that his pre-eminence is taken for granted, it emerged during an intense session on the life of the late poet on the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) here.

In the session titled “WB Yeats The Arch Poet,” leading Irish historian Professor Roy Foster travelled beyond Yeats’ “towering image as one of the 20th century’s greatest poets to restore a real sense of his extraordinary life as Yeats himself experienced it — what he saw, what he did, the passions and the petty squabbles that consumed him and his alchemical ability to transmute the events of his crowded and contradictory life into enduring art”.

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“Yeats never visited India but it is evident that right from the beginning, Hindu philosophy fascinated him. He deeply admired India and his devotion towards the works of Tagore is well known,” said Foster, author of the first authorised biography of Yeats in over 50 years.Tagore first met Yeats during his third visit to Britain.

English painter William Rothenstein, overwhelmed by the rhetorical simplicity and philosophical gravity of Tagore’s work, is said to have passed his poems to Yeats. And what next? The Irish poet reportedly burst into a torrent of praise on reading the manuscript: “If someone were to say he could improve this piece of writing, that person did not understand literature.”

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Later Yeats wrote the introduction to Tagore’s “Gitanjali”, which caught the imagination of the Western world.

“Yeats presented himself as a representative of his country’s beliefs and that of his generation. This figure is so less understood even today. He is not just a poet but also a politician, a journalist a revolutionary and a theatre director,” said Foster, a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) and the Royal Historical Society FRHS). He has delivered dozens of lectures on Yeats in several countries.

“He rediscovers Irish literature, always conscious of looking apart and different from the crowd. He moves from being an Irish Victorian to being an advanced modernist. He moves to a different world but throughout the process and even now he has always remained somebody who continues to make Irish culture richer,” Foster said, as an attentive crowd listened patiently.

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In favor of home rule, Yeats once compared Irish society to “a stagnant pond filled with junk, including the two old boots of Catholic bigotry and Protestant bigotry”. Yeats believed that home rule could undam this pond, Foster said.

“Of course, this wasn’t going to happen. The pond wouldn’t be gently undammed by a constitutional act. It would be dynamited by a revolution,” he said.

Yeats changed his public image from time to time so that he emerged, in 1922, as a prominent figure of a new nation, Foster said.

“Many of his early poems which seemed superficially simple are actually deep, deeper than most of us can ever comprehend. Yeats had an extraordinary ear for rhythm and as such, he believed that his own poetry should be chanted rather than recited.”

“Yards and yards of scholarly research is yet to be written and decoded about the mysteries and the wide range of references and imageries that Yeats made in his work. As somebody growing up in a country facing a revolution, which would soon be free, in the new state of affairs, Yeats would soon emerge as a prominent figure, he always drew anger, strength and motivation from Ireland.

“His poems are so beautiful, in words and significance, because they came at a time when he was constantly changing his mind. He often had to rethink himself,” Foster noted.

Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation”. (IANS)

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‘Books on the Beach’ Literature Fest to start at Kovalam this November: Author Shashi Tharoor

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 16, 2017: The pristine Kovalam beach here will host leading writers and thinkers from across the country and beyond for the inaugural edition of “Books on the Beach”, a literature festival that celebrates and contemplates both the written word and its expression, said politician and author Shashi Tharoor.

The lit-fest, which is organised by non-profit India Book Foundation under the guidance and active patronage of Tharoor, the Thiruvananthapuram MP and supported by Kerala Tourism, will be held over three days starting November 10.

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The event would see writers of prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, essayists and environmentalists, artists and academics, reporters and editors conduct readings and recitals besides participating in meaningful debates and dialogues on a multitude of topics.

“Literature has real value. It appeals to a more discerning audience. The Hay Festival here a few years ago was a huge success and led to increased awareness of Kerala thanks to word of mouth.

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“It is time we established a durable institution that showcases Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala as a place of ideas and culture. But a lit-fest is not for visitors alone, it will also further energise the already vibrant reading culture in the state,” said Tharoor.

Besides serving as an annual platform for the best in Indian and world literature, “Books on the Beach” will, over successive editions, tap into the city’s youthful energy and distinctive charm to promote it as a leading destination for culture and tourism, said officials.

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“Cultural festivals play an important role in branding and promoting destinations. Kerala Tourism is presently positioning the state as an arts and culture hub. It will provide a fillip to tourism in the state, and in particular renew interest in Kovalam. The litfest will enjoy Kerala Tourism’s full support,” said Kerala Tourism chief V. Venu. (IANS)

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Transform your Living Room into a Quaint Space now: 9 Styles that will leave you Awestruck!

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April 27, 2017:

“Design is not how it looks like and feels like. It’s how it works.” – Steve Jobs 

Your living room is the most occupied space at your home, which is why it should be appealing to the eye and comfy to reside. Therefore it is essential to keep in mind the changing needs of Urban lifestyle.

Here is a list of some of the most sought-after designs for your living space- a kind that can change your life in myriads of magical ways-

  • Bohemian Style

 

A Bohemian Style room, Pixabay

 The Bohemian style is also known as “boho chic” has an edgy touch in its truest sense.

It gives a homely feel and this style is all about creating a home than exhibiting vintage collections. It is a cult drawn back from the period of the 90s but in a refined and imposing way. Most of the living rooms have white walls, neutral tones, natural and earthy materials making it a perfect epitome of bohemian quaint. 

  • Glam Living

Luxurious room, Pixabay

As the name insinuates these living rooms are loaded with luxuries and adds to the immense glamour quotient. What I like about these rooms is the aesthetics and how it strikes a balance between glamour and warmth.

Imagine yourself environed by such overwhelming texture plus the comfort it will give. The subtleness is just breathtaking and yet of course who wouldn’t admire such a sumptuous piece of art.

  •  Romantic Living space

A Romantic Living space, Pixabay

These are the perfect style bedrooms to lure your partner. It appeals to the senses and arouses intimate feelings in partners. It has a hint of femininity supplemented by graciousness and elegance.

Romantic rooms need not be in a red colored theme as there is no austerity. It can have beautiful lighting, a comfortable bed, low lighting, candles and flowers on the décor side. It offers warmth and indulging aura that can pacify your frame of mind.

  • Contemporary living style

Contemporary style living space, Pixabay

The Contemporary styled living room has bold texture and is round on the edges. The pattern, color, textures, and shapes downright make it a very sophisticated style.

You should not stress about a single color scheme, here you use two contrasting colors to give it a more sensible appeal.

  • Traditional Living Room

Traditional living space, Pixabay

They say one must not forget its roots where it came from. Seems right? The Traditional style of living rooms is timeless and effortless. You don’t have to think twice if you are pondering over this one. This one is worth a shot. In the world of trends chose to remain classic by making a right choice for yourself.

These kinds of living rooms come peachy, green, tan or aubergine tone tones. To give your living room a more authentic look you can place oil painting, antiques or ornate stands which you may like.

  • Cottage Living rooms

Cottage living room, Pixabay

Cottage styled rooms are colorful and comfortable. It has painted wooden furniture with weathered finishing and floral cushions.

It will give a homely feeling with smooth features on the outlook.

  • Eclectic Living space

Eclectic living space, Pixabay

Eclectic means to combine myriad of propositions. Eclectic styled living rooms are a combination of different styles.

It takes in all kind of color schemes, texture, finish, pattern or color. So if you are not able to pick any of the designs, go eclectic. Mix it all and bring out a uniqueness in your design.

  • Minimalist style living room

Minimalist Living space, Pixabay

These living rooms are new of a kind as they are spacious and there is a very minimalistic amount of furniture in there. Those who like spacious rooms can opt for this genre of design.

These are high-ceilinged rooms with a generous amount of space. Everything is really placed and well kept. A minimalist living space is important because it fills up your room with meaning rather than stuff. A minimalistic living will create peace in your life.

  • Rustic living

Rustic style living room, Pixabay

Rustic style living rooms will have stone walls, exposed woods, a warm fireplace at the centre of the room.

It is all about embracing the nature while sitting at home and gazing the unavoidable and spell bounding aesthetics.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter Nainamishr94

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British Library to host 70 years of India-Britain Cultural relations of Jaipur Literature Festival

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New Delhi, April 21, 2017: The British Library will be transformed like never before as the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival animates its iconic spaces for the first time in celebration as part of significant 70 years of India-Britain cultural relations.

Held for two days on May 20-21, the fourth London edition of the ZEE JLF@The British Library will present a sumptuous showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, music, cinema and illusion, books and ideas, dialogue and debate, Bollywood and politics in the context of this broader view of India and its relationship to the Britain.

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The speakers at the programmer include: Oscar-winning British director Stephen Frears, Swapan Dasgupta, Shashi Tharoor, Shrabani Basu, Neel Madhav, Philip Norman, Tahmima Anam, Sarvat Hasin, Amit Chaudhuri, Kunal Basu, Amit Chaudhuri, Meera Syal, Prajwal Parajuly and Lila Azam Zanganeh, Anita Anand along with William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale.

ZEE JLF@The British Library is the first of five cultural strands which form part of the Year of UK-India of Culture in 2017, celebrating the deep cultural ties and exchange in what is a year of great significance for the world’s largest democracy as India marks 70 years as an independent democratic republic.

“In only a decade the Jaipur Literature Festival has grown from 14 lost tourists to third of a million people and it’s now the biggest festival of literature in the world. We can’t wait to bring its energy and colour to the British Library: our Jaipur-on-Thames,” author and ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple said in a statement.

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Namita Gokhale, author and ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Co-Director said: “Delighted that the fourth edition of JLF in London will be hosted by the British Library. London is a uniquely cosmopolitan and literary city, and we look forward to celebrating diversity through a series of vibrant sessions that reflect the special spirit of Jaipur.”

Sanjoy Roy, Producer, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “Our collaboration with the British Library is reflective of the shared history between the sub-continent and the UK. The festival will continue to be a platform for diverse voices and will celebrate 70 years of India’s independence.”

“The British Library is delighted to be hosting the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival this year as we celebrate the UK-India Year of Culture. The exciting programme reflects the richness of this new cultural partnership,” Jamie Andrews, Head, Culture and Learning, The British Library, said in a statement. (IANS)