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On Tuesday, March 08, 2022, the fourth day of the 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival was held on its virtual platform. The day’s sessions bore witness to the rich variety of storytelling the Festival explores, ranging from books, ideas, performances. The day opened with the soothing strains of Sufi music by talented singer-songwriters from Srinagar, Kashmir, Ali Saffudin and Noor Mohammad. The two came together to provide audiences with a unique, never-before-seen experience that set the tone for an outstanding lineup of sessions.

At the Durbar Hall, the historian and archaeologist Himanshu Prabha Ray, as well as the chair of tantric studies of the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes de Paris, Andrea Acri, explored the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism, forms of Sanskrit and Indian art and architecture over large swaths of Southeast Asia. Together, Ray and Acri were in conversation with Festival co-director Willian Dalrymple. Speaking of Buddhist Masters, Ray said: “I would like to say that the term Indianization itself is a Pizza effect. It started out as European terminology and was really an effort to articulate what the Europeans, especially the French, saw as the civilizing mission in Asia.

In another session, retired diplomat Vinod Khanna, along with Delhi-based independent scholar Malini Saran, studied the Ramayana traditions of Indonesia and how Indian cultural elements were absorbed there. Their book Ramayana in Indonesia is comprehensive and widely studied. With historian and festival co-director William Dalrymple, they discussed the spheres touched by Ramayana traditions in Indonesia, including literature, performing arts, philosophy and regional traditions. During the conversation, Saran talked about Ramayana in the art of Java and Bali and gave an exciting presentation. The inherent qualities of the Ramayana – to entertain, instruct and edify – have fostered their special status…the malleability of the Ramayana has given local artists the freedom to shape and interpret this material within the confines of their art forms to appropriate,” Saran said.

Digital veterans, Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys, along with chemical engineer and co-author Tanuj Bhojwani, discussed their new book, The art of biting, that unravels the toxic relationship people have with technology in this unprecedented digital age. They were in conversation with the economist and writer Mihir S. Sharma. The duo discussed an approach that’s not ‘anti-tech but ‘pro-you’, they helped reverse the blurred lines between work and home, play and snooze, our lives and our screens , and necessary limits on time, privacy and attention.

Amitava Kumar, author of blue book, was seen in conversation with journalist and news presenter, Ravish Kumar. During a session featuring the two Kumars, Amitava said, “Ravish Kumar is Dilip Kumar in journalism!” Later in the session, Amitava explained how Namita Gokhale pointed out that the Jaipur Literature Festival is invested in multilingualism like never before. Talking about journalism, he also added, “Journalism is the rough draft of history.”

Master storyteller Ken Follett talked about his latest novel Never with author Zac O’ Yeah. This is an action-packed thriller featuring heroines, villains, false prophets, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries, imbued with cautious wisdom for our times. Follett explored the world of this planetary drama and gave us insight into its inspirations and writing process. I am not smarter than my readers; my readers are smart people. And they don’t want me to tell them how to think and they certainly don’t want me to tell them how to vote. Folette said.


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