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The cultural capital to dazzle at the 9th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

India Blooms News Service | | 11 Jan 2016, 03:28 pm
Kolkata, Jan 11 (IBNS): The 9th edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is hosting some of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, journalists, poets and novelists including heavyweights from Kolkata.

The city has long been known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage, widely regarded as 'The Cultural Capital' of India.
 
Fittingly great figures of Indian literature from Kolkata will join writers from across South Asia and the world at the greatest literature festival in India, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 in January.

Navigating modernity is a theme which carries through the festival this year. In Parivaar, Parampara aur Parivartan, Alka Saraogi, part of the Marwari diaspora of Calcutta whose writings wander seamlessly between present and the past delving into the ideas of identity and displacement joins Mridula Sinha and Poonam Saxena. 

These three accomplished and iconic women writers speak of their narratives of continuity and change within family and societal structures, and the sages of evolving and shifting traditions.

The rich and varied theatre traditions of South Asia constantly surprise with their diversities, combining folk and classical, regional and linguistic nuance. In a session around Indian Theatre Traditions a panel introduced by Sanjoy Roy will explore a contemporary understanding of drama.
 
Anjum Katyal, editor, writer, translator and critic joins Marathi Theatre expert Makarand Sathe and poet Jerry Pinto. 

Katyal’s most recent book, Badal Sircar: Towards the Theatre of Conscience, is the first full-length study of the path-breaking playwright who brought theatre to the streets and the masses.
 
The city of stories, Kolkata has been the inspiration for countless literary works. Kunal Basu and Saikat Majumdar have both located their new novels in the geographical and emotive landscape of Kolkata. 

In a session of conversation and readings, they discuss their writing and the creative context of their Kolkata, with novelist and critic, Nilanjana Roy.

Kolkata born Kunal Basu is the author of critically acclaimed novels including The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturist, Racists, and The Yellow Emperor’s Cure.  

His new novel Kalkatta was published in November 2015. Kunal Basu was born in Kolkata and now teaches at Oxford University and lives in Oxford and Kolkata.

Taking place from 21 to 25 January 2016 at the beautiful and historic Diggi Palace Hotel, the 9th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will be a carnival of minds that will see the coming together of the best minds in a global celebration of literature.