Jaipur: Hailed because the ‘best literary present on Earth’ and the ‘Kumbh of Literature’, the 14th version of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2021 will get underway from Friday in its new digital avatar.

The inaugural keynote deal with can be delivered by famend writer Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Govt of the Science Museum Group and Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Collections and Principal Curator, Science Museum, London.

The Festival can be held from February 19 to twenty-eight and can characteristic over 300 speakers and performers representing round 25 Indian and 18 worldwide languages and over 23 nationalities in addition to main literary awards starting from the Nobel, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer, the Sahitya Akademi, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, JCB Prize for Literature.

Speakers at the Festival this yr embrace American enterprise magnate and co-founder of Microsoft Company Bill Gates; American economist, public coverage analyst and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz; Pakistani activist for feminine schooling and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai; Man Booker Prize-winning writer Douglas Stuart; journalist and Pulitzer awardee Jeffrey Gettleman, to call just a few.

Creator and Jaipur Literature Festival Co-Director Namita Gokhale stated, “The digital version of Jaipur Literature Festival 2021 is an absorbing immersive expertise the place we encounter an impressive roster of nice writers from around the globe. The challenges and disruptions of 2020 have reworked into the triumphs of 2021.”

Creator and Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple stated,” Regardless of pandemic and political upheavals around the globe, the Jaipur Literature Festival continues to unfold its wings and has reworked itself into one of many world’s hottest on-line areas for profound discussions about books and writing.”

In a particular session titled ‘The Connections and Disconnections Between India and China’, in dialog with writer and Jaipur Literature Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple, Director of the Heart for International Asia and Professor of Historical past, NYU Shanghai, Tansen Sen will set out on a singular mission: to fill the gaps within the narratives tying the areas, breaking via conventional conceptions of understanding India-China connections and proposing new methods to discover historic and modern relations.

In one other session, celebrated director and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi will take the viewers on an extravagant journey via the life, thoughts, methodology, and insanity of maybe one of many best filmmakers Bollywood has seen at the moment.

Nationwide Movie Award-winning actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas will launch her ebook ‘Unfinished’ which follows her journey via life and cinema. In dialog with writer and columnist Shobhaa De, Chopra will discover her childhood in India, via her formative teenage years within the US, to her return to India the place she gained Miss India and Miss World magnificence pageants that launched her appearing profession.

2021 is a big sporting yr with the postponed Olympics and Paralympics and the boys’s World Cup scheduled back-to-back. From the current proof of the Australia collection, it’s clear that via sport, a brand new India is talking out: an India that isn’t divided, that isn’t poisonous and one that’s secular and vibrant. A panel with a few of India’s greatest athletes and para-athletes like Pullela Gopichand and Mansi Joshi will rejoice the spirit of a brand new India and look forward at the massive yr in prospect. They are going to be in dialog with famend writer and sports activities journalist Boria Majumdar who has documented their tales in his books on cricket and Olympic sport.

The Festival presents not simply stimulating conversations on literature and the written and spoken phrase but in addition consists of musical performances giving it a vivid cultural backdrop.

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