Soul-stirring Dhrupad and Khayal performance by Padmini Rao started another day of the five day Jaipur Literature festival that after taking the boost of positive energy from this morning music session split into forty five captivating sessions, many filled with great subjects like Brexit, The East India company’s illegitimate rule, Atheism, Greek mythology, and Cultural appropriation. However, these solemn issues weren’t the only part of the third day of the event. Interactive sessions by Nandana Sen, the JLF quiz, entertaining session by storyteller and journalist Neelesh Mishra, and humorous comments by mythology expert Devdutt Pattnaik made the day for the light-hearted visitors of the festival.
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Lucinda Hawksley, Roy Foster and Suzannah Lipscomb, some renowned names of biography sphere got together in a highly fascinating session of JLF to the pleasure of audience who got the opportunity of receiving priceless ideas directly from these ingenious authors.
“We do not support Jallikattu Ban.”
Another session hosted one of the well-known Indian celebrities who addressed the visitors of JLF, Aishwarya R. Dhanush. She started the session by explicitly commenting that that she and her husband also an actor Dhanush do not support the Jallikatti ban. After that, she explored the inspiration and motivation for writing her newly published book ‘Standing on an Apple Box: The Story of a Girl Among the Stars’. She shared some of her memories as well, emphasizing that being a daughter of a celebrity has never tainted her childhood except that her father was rarely around the family.
A good part of the day was dedicated to the Indian and Greek culture and philosophy; the latter was addressed by Mythology expert Devdutt Pattnaik and the former by AND Haksar and Alex Watson. Haksar and Watson along with Tim Whitmarsh addressed far more than just the cultures of these civilizations. They discussed about the universal issue of atheism in context of Vedic times and how the whole school of thought has evolved. Other sessions of the day included a critical debate over the Britain’s decision of opting out of the European Union or BREXIT. The day also hosted a quiz show and poetry award function.