New Delhi: The eight edition of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has been inaugurated today by Dr Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group, and Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan amidst the cream of literary minds, joining hands together for a healthy debate and enriching discussion. The five day long festival has now been made world’s largest free literary festival.
Dr. Subhash Chandra while starting off the event said that we believe, the entire world is our family. He added, " It is a global summit of literary world which brings humanity to light. It is this light which removes ignorance, and opens the world of knowledge for everyone.
After Dr Chandra, it was Vasundhara Raje who graced the stage and let the five-day long festival open. While inaugurating the event she said, "With wach passing year, this literary festival is getting bigger and better. Creative people who think differently come together under one roof. I believe the festival is going to be even bigger when you all come back here next year."
She added, "We promise to give you a top of the line centre of arts, in the coming year. There will be some international music festival of different genres such as jazz. This place will be a much advanced one hopefully next year."
A bevy of literary and musical stars are expected to come together for a vibrant celebration of creative expression. The opening ceremony will see Rajasthani musicians entice the audiences along with Sonal Kalra addressing the crowd.
This will be followed by a key note address on “The Poetic Imagination” by Vijay Seshadri, Ashok Vajpeyi, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. As the day proceeds, the festival will see many eminent faces speaking on diverse topics and issues.
This year the Festival will look at gender equality in India in a series titled ‘Women Uninterrupted’, supported by UN Women to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Gender, leading up to the world summit at the UN this September, as well as ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ that polarize society, supported by 'The Indian Quarterly Magazine'.