Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hunt on for second venue for lit festival

JAIPUR: After five years, the DSC Jaipur Literary Festival may have grown too big to fit into one venue. From 2011, the lit fest, which saw record
footfalls this year, may be held at both Diggi Palace — the original venue — and either the City Palace or Raj Mahal.
“With the festival growing rapidly in size and stature each year, some modifications in the format are not just necessitated but would be mandatory for the next festival. Maybe, we could consider having the evening events at an alternative venue and keep the daylong sessions at Diggi Palace,” said festival producer Sanjoy Roy.
A festival organising committee member said, “The City Palace is far more spacious and Princess Diya Kumari is very keen. There have been initial discussions about hosting the event in the City Palace, probably behind the Chander Mahal. But the formalities and modalities will be worked out later. The only hitch is that this is one event which is not by invitation and is free for all. In that case, security may be an issue.”
Diya Kumari said there were no discussions so far but she won’t have any problems with any such proposal. “We have had no such discussion, but if the organisers are interested we would certainly be keen to negotiate,” she said.

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