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Over 350 speakers to participate in JLF 2019

IANS  |  New Delhi 

An impressive line-up of 350 artistes and public intellectuals, including the winners of several major literary awards, will participate in the upcoming edition of the Zee Literature Festival from January 24 to 28, 2019 in the City, the organisers said on Monday.

The list includes Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, of 'Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome' which unlocks the mysteries of the gene-reading molecule; Ben Okri, of Man-Booker-winning 'The Famished Road'; Colson Whitehead, of six novels and winner of for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer for 'Underground Railroad'; and Priyamvada Natarajan, a cosmologist noted for her work in mapping dark matter, dark energy, and black holes, a at

"JLF has, through the last decade, helped articulate and foster a unique literary and creative culture across the world. Our programme remains determinedly diverse and multilingual, with over 16 Indian languages, 12 international languages, and almost 30 nationalities represented at this January," said and festival

She emphasized that the 2019 edition will bring to fore the importance of science, genetics, astronomy and astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and what the future holds for the planet.

"We also explore music, poetry and the arts, and delve into fiction, short stories, adaptations and translations. We examine different facets of myth, memory and religion. We interrogate rural distress, think aloud about migration and identity, and reflect on the ongoing struggles for gender equity, from the landmark judgement on section 377 to the tumultuous watershed of the #metoo movement," added Gokhale.

in 'The Post American World' will elaborate on how the growth of India, China, Brazil, and is generating a new landscape and will soon push the West out of its position of complacence and hegemony to one that recognises this seismic power shift.

Sarna will be joined by Kishwar Desai, author of 'Jallianwala Bagh, 1919' to seek the backstory of that fateful day of April 13, 1919 a century after; and Ira Mukhoty, author of 'Daughters of the Sun: Empresses, Queens and Begums of the Mughal Empire', will discuss and the other indomitable Mughal women who in many ways defined that era.

The annual festival is organized by Teamwork Arts, which is headed by Sanjoy K. Roy, and produces several such festivals in and abroad. Acclaimed historian and is of the festival along with Gokhale.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 22:14 IST