The 13th edition of the biggest literature festival in the world swung open for literary enthusiasts and common people alike.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot marked the event with his presence and declared the festival open with his inaugral address. He reminisced about how the first edition of the JLF coincided with his previous term. He also launched the first book of the JLF 2020.
A matter of beauty
With the usual subliminal panache, JLF looked all set to make the already enchanting literary setting more beautiful. From miniature artefacts to live paintings, JLF has all the shades of creativity going for it.
A-listers take the biggest cut
On the first day of the festival, some of the biggest names in the literary, political, administration and creative circle made appearnaces. Needless to say, crowd control turned out to be a stiff chor for all the security and police personnel. But as this year, JLF entry charges have been made sky high for the on-spot registration, crowd wasn’t that much of an issue.
Celebrity writers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Ashwin Sanghi and Sonali Bendre attracted the most crowds. Festival venues were jam-packed with people (more on festival venues later) who thronged the author signing areas after the designated sessions. Hindi writers too got some space to showcase their creations and discuss their work with the audience. Meanwhile, the Jaipur BookMark continued to run parallel to the main event.
A sunlit literary outing for school kids
From the front rows at the sessions to the food stalls situated at various places in the premises, the kids seemed to have occupied all the corners of the diggi palace hotel grounds. They came in numbers, of course under the watchful gaze and supervision of their teachers, and enjoyed the festival and in some cases even asked questions to the panellists.
From rendition of the morning raga to the colourful energy of the youth, the Jaipur Literature Festival has started rolling out its brilliant thought-provoking sessions. The upcoming days look promising too.
More to follow soon.