With the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje missing the inauguration of JLF (Jaipur Literature Festival), the annual fest began with a low note. The five-day fest is organized at the beautiful Diggi Palace while starting the event with graceful dance and musical performance. The 11th edition of LJF will experience nearly 350 talents speakers from varied fields and explore their creative thoughts with engaging discussions.
Margaret Alva, the former Rajasthan Governor, and Pico Iyer, the British born American novelist and essayist fulfilled the absence of CM Raje and inaugurated the fest. Pico belonging to the field of literature addressing the event delivered a key message that says poets are fading away from their spark by novelist and further novelists are fading away by the modern technology devices.
Iyer commenting on the current scenario of the country mentions that literature is a becoming crucial as it doesn’t have boundaries to me limited to traveling as. He further mentioned that literature can work for the betterment of society rather than opting for drone attacks or war.
The prestigious literature fest JLF is gaining its popularity by displaying a various set of languages from within the country and across the globe. With 20 international and 15 Indian languages, the JLF will show its diversity this year.
Sanjoy K Roy the producer of the festival mentions that it is very crucial that we understand the relevance of culture and create platforms for dissension but within the framework of the constitution. He further stated that we can only disagree or agree when we understand the writers, poets, painters thought through his work.
William Dalrymple, the co-director, and writer of the festival states that in a decade where there is Netflix for a quick fix of people’s mood and pleasure, there is still hope for serious friction. Commenting on the JLF, he states that this literature festival is unique in terms of acceptance. The festival is open for all until five days and has a mini-university set up for adding to the convenience of the participants.