Jaipur Literature Festival in USA: Concludes with magical flow of virtual talks

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A portion of the heavenly setup of speakers included Shashi Tharoor, Makarand R Paranjape, Namita Gokhale, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Navtej Singh Sarna, researcher and basic scholar Homi K Bhabha; Harvard educator, New York-based Pulitzer Awardee artist Vijay Seshadri.

Embracing the COVID protocol, the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) closed its month-long North American virtual occasion, celebrating the intensity of literature and mesmerising crowd with the enchanted progression of discussions.

The JLF in the USA began November 8, with JLF Colorado meetings from November 8 – 11, and November 15 – 18. JLF Houston Online was from November 21 – 22, JLF New York Online from November 23 – 24, 2020 and JLF Toronto November 27-29.

As in the past editions, the JLF this time acquired a stupendous virtual feast of thoughts celebrating acclaimed writers, artists, journalists, Chefs, thinkers, Nobel laureates, Pulitzer, Commonwealth and other award-winning speakers, for all intents and purposes under one roof, to share their thoughts on themes like coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, climate, mythology, crime writing, poetry, democracy, music, entertainment, food and beauty of its host cities.

A portion of the heavenly setup of speakers included Shashi Tharoor, Makarand R Paranjape, Namita Gokhale, Indian-American creator Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, previous Indian diplomat to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, researcher and basic scholar Homi K Bhabha; Harvard professor, New York-based Pulitzer Awardee poet Vijay Seshadri.

At the dispatch of the celebration, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the United States stated, “What the JLF brand has achieved over the last decade is a testament to the enduring power of ideas. Words and ideas continue to amaze us, amuse us, mesmerise us, and above all uplift us.

“This is why we never forget a good book or a nice movie or a powerful speech, or these days, an effective tweet or simply a striking sentence someone said over a cup of coffee. The JLF today is more than a literature festival – it brings together historians and poets, artists and musicians, dreamers and doers,” he said.

Consul General at the Consulate General of India in Houston, Aseem R Mahajan stated, The 3rd edition of JLF Houston, which is virtual this time, brings together a rich bouquet of eminent speakers and acclaimed authors covering a range of subjects including science, humanities, politics, culture, history and contemporary issues”.

JLF co-director Namita Gokhale said that the difficulties of the changing times led them at the JLF to make and minister an unbelievably rich and assorted advanced stage that drew in both the neighborhood and the worldwide, offering voice to authors, poets and thinkers as they celebrate books, dialogue and discussion.

“Literature, ideas and knowledge are at the heart of our every effort to ensure a free flow of knowledge and information, especially in these times,” Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, Festival Producer said.

“We look forward to seeing everyone in-person at next year’s event,” he said.

Disclaimer: The views, suggestions, and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Daily Jaipur journalist was involved in the writing and production of this article.

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