Friday, January 7, 2011

Jaipur Literature Fest to Focus on Indian Languages

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia-Pacific's largest literary festival, is being held for 5 days from 21st – 25th January, 2011 in Jaipur, India. You can read more about the festival here.

Jaipur Literature Festival

Via Deccan Herald
The 2011 edition of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival will focus on the new movements in vernacular Indian languages as well as on the growing tribe of literary e-bloggers, a festival organiser said.

The much-awaited Jan 21-25 event will also take a close look at works with strong social content from northeastern India, Kashmir, China and the Middle East, Namita Gokhale, writer and coordinator of the festival, told IANS.

"This time the festival will try to unravel new movements in vernacular Indian languages, especially Hindi, which is morphing to meet the needs of a growing population of young readers, through discussions and interactive sessions," she said.

The festival will feature more than a dozen Indian languages - Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Bangla, Asomiya (Assamese), Oriya, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Nepali, Bhojpuri and Rajasthani.

"The Jaipur Literature 2011 is more of a mind fest than a literature festival because the issues open to literary debate are stimulating though they are tagged to books and writers," Gokhale told IANS.

"We are seeing more and more Indian writing at the festival. The boundaries between international writing and Indian writing are coming down. I think literary blogs are playing an important role between the mainstream literary festivals and world of printed books," she pointed out.

The festival will represent the increasing tribe of literary e-bloggers with a special session featuring popular literary blog writers.

The writer said: "Hindi blogs were full of life and vitality. We are planning two seminars on Hindi literary blogging - 'Nayi bhasa, nayi tewar' and 'aisi Hindi, kaisi Hindi' - to analyse how Hindi has been changing, adjusting and adapting.
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