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All set for five-day Jaipur Literature Festival
The five-day Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF)-2013 will kick off on January 24 with a range of readings, talks, debates, performances, workshops and interactive activities by writers, theater performers and cinema wig-wigs. As usual, the festival will be held at Diggi Palace in the city.

According to the organizers, the sixth edition of JLF is going to be a great gathering representing Indian and international writers, performers and readers from America, Europe, Africa and from across the breadth of South Asia. "The brightest, most brilliant, funny, moving and remarkable authors come to Jaipur every January," claims the website of JLF.

According to Namita Gokhale, one of the directors of JLF, one of the highlights this will be 'The Buddha in Literature centered on the immense literary and cultural expanse of the Buddhist legacy.' "His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel laureate and global spokesperson for peace, will be in conversation with Pico Iyer," she said.

The director of the festival further said that in the ‘Women on the Path’ session, Ranjini Obeyesekere from Sri Lanka, Kunzang Choden from Bhutan, Ani Choying from Nepal and Indian writer Swati Chopra discuss the place of women within Buddhist theology. In ‘The Aesthetics of Impermanence’, cultural historian Benoy Behl examines the ethical and artistic underpinnings of the Buddhist creative legacy.

"Over the last six years, the banyan tree of the DSC Jaipur literature festival has become a site of collective energy, exposing its audiences to a constant flow of ideas. It provides a space to dare, dream, and imagine. This January, it will once again spread its branches and extend its roots, as another joyous edition of the lit fest continues the tradition of books, music and shared creativity," she added.

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