Dr Shashi Tharoor to headline Jaipur Literature Festival
Thiruvananthapuram MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor will have a conversation with Mohit Satyanand on Political Organization and Intelligence to discuss this unprecedented era of the Panopticon on the ninth day of the 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Tharoor, who is the chairman of the parliamentary IT panel and has drawn attention to the alleged illegal surveillance of journalists and political leaders via Pegasus software, will be joined by retired judge, Madan B Lokur , who writes extensively on legal and justice systems, human rights, politics and individual and national sovereignty and investigative journalist Swati Chaturvedi, who has previously covered political organizing on social media and was featured on the list of people whose communications have been intercepted with spyware.
Other attractions on day 9
Film critic Anupama Chopra will engage in conversation with Shunali Khullar Shroff around her place of work and worship, the films that shaped her long career and fueled her personal intrigue.
Award-winning British poet, novelist and non-fiction author Ruth Padel, who combined natural history and travel writing in Tigers in Red Weather: In search of the last wild tigers – on wild tiger conservation, will be part of a discussion on the power of Mother Earth in life, literature and healing with Vandana Singh-Lal. Award-winning wildlife conservationist Neha Sinha, whose recent book Wild And Willful examined fifteen iconic Indian species in need of conversation, will be on the panel.
By its very nature, the raga promises the immortality of creation, expression and freedom. The ancient and unrivaled system of ragas provides melodic frameworks that attract improvisational and compositional talents and nurture range, complexities, emotion, expression and metamorphosis. Masters and exponents of classical, contemporary and genre-defying Indian music come together for a captivating conversation: violinist, composer and educator Ambi Subramaniam; Sheykhar Ravjiani, acclaimed musical director, producer and singer, member of the prolific composer duo Vishal-Shekhar; musician, composer and author Ayaan Ali Bangash; With the writer and curator Sadhana Rao, a session on the raga as it is experienced at this time of expression.
The Hindi language has become the new ‘cool’, especially among millennials. New digital media like YouTube, podcast channels, and Instagram have given a platform to those who not only grew up loving the language, but also earned their bread and butter from it. From being treated like a difficult language of the past, it has become the favored mode of creative expression. What is the story behind this change? Who are the key players? What is the way forward? Authors Nishant Jain and Divya Prakash Dubey in conversation with editor and publisher Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal.
Day Eight Overview
In one session, writer Anirudh Kanisetti discussed his book Lords of the Deccan: Southern India from the Chalukyas to the Cholas with critically acclaimed writer and historian Manu S. Pillai. The book bears witness to his thoughtful and immense study of medieval South India and its influence on contemporary politics and culture. “What was invigorating was the book…it fills a major gap in the medieval period,” Manu S. Pillai said of Anirudh’s book. The two writers came together for an invigorating conversation about the lords and legacies of the Deccan.
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