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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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Famous Indian Forts You Must Visit At Least Once

Indian forts like Agra Fort and Red Fort are even recognised by  UNESCO as World Heritage Sites

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India is one of the countries in the world which is famous for its architecture especially forts.
India is one of the countries in the world which is famous for its architecture especially forts. Pixabay

By Ruchika Verma

  • India is famous for its architecture, especially forts
  • Indian forts are some of the most famous forts in the world
  • Indian forts are a great way of learning about Indian history and culture

India is the land of history and culture. The Indian architecture is one of the best in the world. Indian palaces and forts are some of the most admired architectural structures in the world who people come to see and visit from all around the globe. India has some of the biggest forts in the world.

India is famous for its forts and architectures.
India is famous for its forts and architectures. Wikimedia Commons

Indian forts like Agra Fort and Red Fort are even recognised by  UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. India, especially Rajasthan is famous for its forts. It is not unfair to say that most part of India’s tourism thrives on these forts. Here is the list of Indian forts you must visit at least once.

Red Fort

Red Fort in Delhi is one of the most famous forts in India. Th red-stoned fort in Delhi is very central to the Mughal architecture. The Red Fort is a must visit because of its rich culture and history. There are two museums in the fort where one can look at the old arms and clothes of the Mughal rulers.

Also Read: 7 Forts in India you must visit: Glorious Empires of Incredible India

Red Fort in Delhi is one of the apex of Mughal architecture . Pixabay
Red Fort in Delhi is one of the apexes of Mughal architecture. Pixabay

Amer Fort

Amer Fort or the Amber Fort is one of the most explored travelling destinations in Jaipur. It is one of the most well-maintained forts in India and attracts lakhs of tourists towards it every year. One can also enjoy elephant rides in the fort. The Ganesh Pol is one of the most beautifully carved place in the fort.

Famous Forts in India
Amer fort in Jaipur one of the most well-maintained forts in India. (Pic Credits: Elene Machaidze)

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is in Rajasthan and is the biggest fort in India. It is spread over in the area of 400 acres. The two pillars called Kirti Stambh and Vijay Stambh are famous for beautiful carvings on them. The fort has water body, temples, complexes and memorials which definitely deserve more exploration by more people.

Chittorgarh Fort is the biggest Indian form and a national heritage site. Wikimedia Commons
Chittorgarh Fort is the biggest Indian form and a national heritage site. Wikimedia Commons

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most majestic forts of central India. The fort for its military architecture and beautifully painted fortress wall. The Fort brings together religions like Buddhism and Jainism and is definitely a treat for the eyes.

Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most important forts in Central india. Wikimedia Commons
Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most important forts in Central India. Wikimedia Commons

Agra Fort

One of the biggest forts in India, Agra Fort is also referred as a walled city because of its massive expansion in 94 acres of area. The fort has special significance because it was here that the Kohinoor diamond was snatched away by the Mughal ruler Babur and it is also the very place where Shah Jahan died.

Famous Forts in India
Agra Fort can easily be called a small city in itself because of its huge size.Wikimedia Commons

Jaisalmer Fort 

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the biggest forts in the world. Jaisalmer fort is built on the Trikuta Hill in the Thar Desert with a very strong fortification. The fort is full of historical significance and is famous for the various battles and the bloodshed it has witnessed. This is also one of those India forts which are famous for witnessing Jauhar.

Also Read: Jaipur Forts: All You Need To Know

City Palace

City Palace in Udaipur is one of the most beautiful Indian palaces with a history of more than 400 years. It is a beautiful example of Rajasthani and Mughlai architecture fusion, located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The palace is definitely worth a visit for its magnificence.

City Palace Jaipur clicked by Shaurya Ritwik
City Palace is famous for its magnificence. (Pic Credits: Shaurya Ritwik)

Panhala fort

Panhala fort in Kolhapur is the largest and most important fort in Maharashtra, looking over the Sahyadri mountain range. This is one the Indian forts which perfectly describe the Marathi architectural style. This fort will neither disappoint the history buffs nor the people who have just come for sightseeing.