New Delhi: One of the most awaited literary events in the country where intellectual minds get together under roof—Zee Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) 2018 has begun amid much fanfare.
The event that starts from January 25 to 29, 2018 will have many noted literary dignitaries speaking on various issues. The‘greatest literary show on Earth’ returns to the historic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur for its 11th edition.
Also known as the ‘Kumbh Mela of literature’, the Festival has transformed into a global phenomenon, having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcomed over a million book lovers over the past decade.
Popular author Chetan Bhagat too will be addressing the audience at the fest on January 27, 2018. He shared the news with his fans on Twitter.
See you at the @ZEEJLF Jaipur Literature Festival. This Saturday, 27th Jan 2018. My session at 2:30pm.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) January 25, 2018
This year, the festival will host over 250 writers, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular cultural icons from over 35 nationalities, spanning over 15 Indian and 20 international languages as well as those representing major awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer Prize, the Padma Vibhusan and the Sahitya Akademi Award.
A number of Mumbai-based speakers were featured in the second list, including bestselling novelist Amish who will discuss his reinterpretations of ancient mythology, including the enigmatic Sita and the complex divinity in Ram, at the 2018 edition of the Festival.
Ashwin Sanghi, whose work straddles history, philosophy, fantasy and science will shed light on his new book Keepers of the Kalchakra. The legendary writer Javed Akhtar and noted actress Shabana Azmi will discuss their poetic heritage through their respective fathers, Jan Nisar Akhtar and Kaifi Azmi, in a session on the traditions of Urdu literature.
Author Kiran Nagarkar will speak about the ceaselessness of languages and the art of crisscrossing cultural and linguistic landscapes while actress Soha Ali Khan will reveal all about her disarmingly frank memoir. Also, director, writer, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap will speak on his cinematic sensibility and consciousness.
The festival’s core values remain unchanged; to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.