Jaipur Literature Festival announced Virtual Initiative Brave New World

News Desk, News Nation 360 : The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival has always celebrated the glory of the word and the spirit of the community that books build. The Festival believes in linking people through the universal language of art and literature at a time which defies every known challenge. Now more than ever, when de-globalisation is the need of the hour, free-flowing exchange of ideas must be kept alive. Teamwork Arts, producer of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival announced its new literature series – JLF presents Brave New World, a virtual initiative to celebrate books, their power and positivity. Brave New World will be an online literature series in which the sprawling grounds of Diggi Palace will be replaced by the boundless possibilities of the Internet. The series has been scheduled to kick off from Saturday, 4th April 2020. Described as the Greatest literary show on Earth, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher and Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said that book lovers are never truly alone - not when they have books and each other. JLF has always affirmed the spirit of community. They believe that these testing times are also the moments in which they need to interrogate and make sense of the world, through books and ideas, debate and dialogue, music and philosophy, science and the arts. JLF, which has always been a platform that celebrates the spirit of human connection, is now ready to go straight into hearts and minds and homes. Their timely new initiative, Brave New World will provide an important new resource for our extended JLF family across the world. At this exciting and upcoming digital series, eminent author and advocate Abhinav Chandrachud and well-known journalist Pragya Tiwari will be in conversation on the devastating Bombay bubonic plague epidemic of 1896 and its repercussions today, Former politician and author Bruno Maçães will speak about the transformed circumstances and the lessons learnt from America, China and Europe at a session on the past, present and future, and what the rebirth of these nations could mean for the world and global affairs, Freedom of thought is a basic human right which protects individual thought and conscience in every human being. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Bee Rowlatt, Baroness Helena Kennedy will explore the need to protect the forum internum - the private mental space - from the incursions of digital technology - at a session titled Freedom of Thought, Writer, Politician and public intellectual Shashi Tharoor and President of Observer Research Foundation Samir Saran,  co-authors of the recent The New World Disorder and the India Imperative, will be in conversation and will share their views on the current crisis the world is going through.

Report : Anustup Kundu

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