Jaipur: The chillness of Jaipur was set aside to welcome the Literature Festival with warm hearts. Eager festival goers dressed in colorful woolens queued up to register at Jaipur Literature Festival. In the background, drums played out ethnic beats heralding the eight season of the festival which has become a literary mecca for South-Asian authors and book lovers in the past couple of years.
The festival celebrating literature kicked off with mesmerizing tunes by Sonam Kalra and The Gospel Project. The young singer’s enchanting voice set the tone for festival perfectly. From an Indianised version of ‘Hallelujah’ to chanting ‘Allah Hu’- Kalra along with her fellow performers made the environment mystical.
Up next was Nathulal Solanki and his group which presented a powerful performance. But perhaps the loudest cheers and smiles came when the young Jaisalmer Boys took to stage to perform Rajasthan’s folk music.
The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, lighted the inaugural lamp and congratulated the organisers on the amazing footfall the festival has every year. The five day literature festival will have 440 authors participating in 239 events. With focus this year being on cinema, stalwarts like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and others will be seen interacting with the audience.