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Jaipur Lit Fest: US edition begins on Saturday

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New Delhi: The Jaipur Literature Festival is set to open its account in the US with its first overseas edition beginning on Saturday in Boulder, Colorado. The event has increased the enthusiasm of writers.

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The two-day “greatest literary show on earth” is said to feature more than 100 notable writers, thinkers, poets and performers.

For Sanjay K Roy, the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), zeroing in on Boulder came about by accident. “I received the proposal to hold JLF in Boulder from Buddhist scholars Jules Levinson and Maruta Kalnins. But I had no idea of the place and later I discovered that it’s a beautiful city with full of literature-loving people,” said Roy.

Boulder, famous for its colorful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, is also home for the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest.

The Rocky Mountains have also played a major role as a crucial migration route, which was important to the spread of people throughout the America.

Roy added that that keeping with the deep-rooted Native American sensibilities of the state, the event will have a strong focus on Latino, African American, Asian American and regional literature.

Tagged JLF@Boulder, the festival will emerge Indian-American, Asian and Latin American authors to explore a variety of literary topics and themes of local and international interest.

Author Namita Gokhale, the co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said that she is thrilled to take JLF to Boulder.

“I am deeply excited at the opportunity to read and understand American literature from a different perspective reading up on Mexican, Latino, Native American writers, and a load of new books on subjects as diverse as neuroscience and family phantoms. It’s a unique learning experience and I feel blessed and privileged to be a part of the programming process for Jaipur at Boulder,” said Gokhale.

The festival will feature international best-selling author Jung Chang, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Morroccan-American essayist and novelist Laila Lalami, Israeli journalist, political commentator and author Gideon Levy, Chinese-American best-selling author Anchee Min, and journalist, historian and award-winning author Simon Sebag-Montefiore.

The event, to be held at the Boulder Public Library and the scenic Civic Lawns will feature interviews, panel discussions and audience interaction. “Boulder is a long way from Jaipur, and we are proud to erect our literary ‘Big Top’ in town and to bring the energy, sparkle and brilliance of Indian writing to a very different world,” said William Dalrymple, author and co-director of the JLF.

The topics likely to be discussed threadbare include, migration, politics and conflict, environmental concerns and Native American voices.

Vouching that the basic spirit of the JLF will be mirrored at its Boulder edition, Gokhale said that it promises democratic platform. “The event will provide a democratic and free-flowing platform for books, ideas, poetry and music. Like Jaipur, it will be deeply grounded and cosmopolitan, with a wide diversity of participants and audiences. The spontaneity and synchronicity with which Jaipur at Boulder is happening holds the promise of wonderful things to come”, she said.

(With inputs IANS)

 

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Pune to host the debut of India’s Sports Literature festival from February 21

On the occasions of the 40th anniversary of his first book 'Sunny Days', batting legend Sunil Gavaskar will narrate hilarious stories of his early days in cricket

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SporTale- Sports Literature Festival (representational image, source- Pixabay)

New Delhi, Feb 15, 2017: Pune will play host to India’s maiden sports literature festival ‘SporTale’, a two-day event which will feature as many as 38 luminaries from the field of sports, media, cinema, books and photography.

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From Virender Sehwag’s exploits on Twitter to stories that helped shape Virat Kohli’s victorious journeys, many untold sports tales will be on the cards when the event begins here on February 21.

Sharing the inside stories of their journeys and trade will be 15 sports stars, nine sports journalists, five novelists, and four cine-stars, told PTI

Among those who have a connect with sports and sports biopics, three advertising gurus will also be part of the festival. Photographers who captured the iconic sporting moments through their lenses will also join in.

The man to redefine cricket ethos, Kohli will share the stage with Vijay Lokapally, the senior cricketer writer with the Hindu and author of Kohli’s cricketing journey ‘Driven’.

According to PTI, Indian sports biggest sensation Dipa Karmakar along with her coach Bishweshwar Nandi will also be present to talk about an expedition from a remote town to conquer the world and etch India’s impression on global gymnastics.

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On the occasions of the 40th anniversary of his first book ‘Sunny Days’, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar will narrate hilarious stories of his early days in cricket to another former batting great VVS Laxman.

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Former Jaipur Royal Family comes out in support of Shree Rajput Karni Sena on ‘Padmavati’

Shooting for films, serials and advertisements take place frequently in the different historic palaces belonging to the Jaipur royal family on a regular basis

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Wikimedia

Jaipur, Feb 10, 2017: Shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s upcoming movie “Padmavati” seems to have run into further problems.

A former Jaipur royal family has now come out in support of Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which had opposed shooting of the film at Jaigarh fort near Jaipur alleging distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker.

The former Jaipur royal family, in a statement here, warned that anyone attempting to distort the heritage or the history will not be tolerated at any cost.

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The family said that it stands with Shree Rajput Karni Sena and other such national organisations, which want to keep alive the rich and proud history of Rajasthan.

The statement also pointed out that disciplinary action is being taken against the erring officials of the department, which has been set up by the family to take care of shootings and to take necessary permissions in regard to shooting of films and advertisements.

“This department did not provide full information to the royal family relating to the film `Padmavati` and gave permission to shoot it,” the statement said.

Shooting for films, serials and advertisements take place frequently in the different historic palaces belonging to the Jaipur royal family on a regular basis.

The statement further went on to say that the family stands committed to protect the proud history of Rajasthan. Anyone attempting to twist or change the history of Rajasthan will not be tolerated.

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“In future, before any such shootings take place in the historic monuments of the royal family, the narration of the entire story will be thoroughly checked.”

On January 27, activists of the Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena protested, misbehaved and manhandled the crew of “Padmavati”.

They also damaged some cameras and other equipment. Bhansali had to stop shooting.(IANS)

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5th Delhi Literature Festival to start from February 10 at Delhi Haat

The event is supposed to host famous authors like Ashok vajpeyi, Tasleema Nasreen and William Dalrymple along with a panel discussion on 'Demonitization: Intent, Implementation and Impact'

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A gathering at 5th Delhi Literature Festival (representational image), Wikimedia

New Delhi, February 4:  The fifth edition of DelhiLiterature Festival is all set to start from February 10. The event is supposed to host a number of dignified speakers including famous authors like Ashok Vajpeyi, William Dalrymple and Taslima Nasreen among others.

The three-day-festival will inaugurate with a session by Swapna Liddle, author of “Chandni Chowk: The Mughal City of Old Delhi” where she will dive deeper into the different facets and prospects of the old walled metropolis, mentions PTI

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The launch of “Dream Nation: Dear Kalam Sir”, a biography of former President A P J Abdul Kalamwritten by Raghav Chandra is scheduled to take place on the opening day. There will also be a panel discussion on ‘Demonitization: Intent, Implementation and Impact’ that will see author Vinay Bharat-Ram and economist Surjit S Bhalla in an interesting conversation on the controversial issue.

A session on relevance of public libraries will attempt to revive interest in such institutions across India for a generation of e-books and online magazines.

Conducted by Indian Public Library movement and backed by NASSCOMFoundation, this initiative will have activist-author Kamla Bhasin, human rights campaigner Shabnam Hashmi, theatre academic Tripurari Sharma on the discussion panel.

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“A discussion focused on Air Pollution in the City, titled ‘Choked Capital’ by a panel of experts from Swachh Bharatand the Urban Development Ministry will also be held,” organisers informed PTI

Scottish historian and writer William Dalrymple will be talking about his latest book “Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond” which he has co-authored with Anita Anand in the course of the festival.

A Dastangoi performance which is the ancient art of Urdu storytelling by Ankit Chaddha, one of the last twelve Dastangos in the country, is also on the line up among many other exciting events.

A Hindi poetry session by Ashok Chakradhar and ‘Branding for Make in India’ by Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant will also be a part of the three-day run of the festival.

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Other speakers and guests who will grace the festival with their presence and active participation in conversations include Tarek Fatah, Ravinder Singh and Ira Trivedi.

The event is set to wrap up on Feb 12.

 

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang