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JLF 2024 Grand Kick Off

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series JLF 2024 Commences with Diverse Program

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Series Jaipur Literature Festival 2024 kicked off at Hotel Clarks Amer, recognized globally as the “greatest literary show on Earth.” The first day featured a rich lineup of speakers, beginning with a tribute to Pandit Kumar Gandharva by classical vocalist Kalapini Komkali.

Festival Producer and Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Sanjoy K. Roy, reflected on the Festival’s 17-year journey, highlighting its growth from Diggi Palace to Clarks Amer and its global expansion to the United States and London. Emphasizing environmental initiatives, Roy expressed a commitment to making the festival carbon and waste-neutral.

Gulzar, Rakhshanda Jalil and Pavan K Varma

The Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Diya Kumari, thanked the Festival for putting Jaipur on the world map. Obituary tributes were paid to luminaries Patrick French and BN Goswamy. Festival Co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple discussed the literary, geographic, and linguistic diversity of the event.

The Inaugural Ceremony concluded with addresses from Festival Partner – Senior Vice President, Samsung India, Raju Pullan, and Festival Patron, MD and CEO AU bank, Sanjay Agarwal. Pullan highlighted the role of technology in uniting creativity, emphasizing the Samsung S9 Tab Series as a “blank canvas waiting to be filled with boundless creativity.”

Day one showcased sessions featuring prominent authors and speakers:

  1. Songs of Milarepa: Exploring the life and contributions of Tibetan saint Milarepa, emphasizing his unique teaching methods using poetry.
  2. Baal-O-Paar: The Beating Heart of Poetry: Gulzar and Rakhshanda Jalil discussed the art of translation and the relationship between the writer and translator.
  3. Philosophy, Fantasy, and Fandom: B. Jeyamohan and Suchitra Ramachandran delved into Jeyamohan’s work, emphasizing the importance of philosophy in writing.
  4. A Bigger Picture: Malcolm Turnbull discussed his tenure as the Prime Minister of Australia, emphasizing diversity and multiculturalism.

    Raghuram C. Rajan, Rohit Lamba Naushad

  5. Prophet Song: Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch discussed his book, “Prophet Song,” offering insights into his writing process.
  6. Intertidal: A Coast and Marsh Diary: Yuvan Aves and Robert Macfarlane explored the observations of coasts and marshlands.
  7. Cricket: The Spirit of The Game: Ajay Jadeja and Venkat Sundaram discussed anecdotes from their experiences in cricket.
  8. Lessons in Chemistry: Bonnie Garmus discussed her book and the challenges of writing, highlighting the balance between dark and light.
  9. Breaking the Mould: Reimagining the Economic Future: Raghuram Rajan and Rohit Lamba talked about their new book and the need for unconventional growth paths for India.
  10. The Great Experiment: Democracy, Elections and Citizenship: S.Y. Quraishi, Girish Kuber, and Yascha Mounk discussed democracy as an experiment in India.

The Festival introduced a new venue, Nand Ghar, focusing on strengthening the Anganwadi ecosystem. The upcoming days promise sessions with classical jazz saxophonist Phil Scarff, historian Ben Macintyre, G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant, and fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani.

The JLF 2024 continues to strive for diversity, bringing together global minds to inspire creativity across various fields.


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