Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:15:00 GMT | By PTI

Jaipur Literature Fest begins

The five-day literary extravaganza beginning at the Diggi Palace will be graced by Nobel Prize winner and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

Jaipur Literature Fest set to begin tomorrow (© Reuters)

Jaipur: Unfazed by objections from some quarters over the participation of certain authors, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival is all set to begin with event co-director William Dalrymple saying few fringe groups were trying to hog the limelight.

"JLF is the same as always, serious literature and then some fun. It is just some fringe groups who are trying to hog the limelight," the author of "The Last Mughal" said here. The festival that hogged much attention last year due to Salman Rushdie's planned visit - that ultimately did not materialise - is once again facing the ire of Muslim as well as right-wing Hindu groups.

Following recent tension between India and Pakistan over cross-border violations, many right-wing organisations have opposed the participation of Pakistani authors in the festival. Authors from Pakistan including Mohammed Hanif, Jamil Ahmad, Fahmida Riaz and journalist Sharman Ubaid Chinoy are scheduled to make an appearance at the literary extravaganza.

Ahmad and Hanif have also been shortlisted for the 2013 DSC South Asian Literature Prize, the winner of which will be announced at the festival here.

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