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Tibetan Writers Participate in Asia's Biggest Literary Festival

January 26, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
January 25, 2010

Dharamshala -- The issue of Tibet was featured as
one of the theme at Asia's biggest literary
festival being held at Jaipur in western India from 21 -25 January.

Over 200 writers from 30 countries have gathered
for the five-day literary extravaganza at Diggi
Palace, a sprawling 19th century mansion.

A group of aspirant poets and writers, including
Tenzin Tsundue and Bhuchung D Sonam, attended the
festival. Bhuchung D Sonam's latest book of
poetry Songs from a Distance was made available
for purchase at the festival. Tsundue hopes more
Tibetans can participate in the festival in the future, reported.

The Tibetan writers join William Dalrymple and
Isabel Hilton, renowned writers, to deliberate at
a session on  "Tibet." The discussion covered a
huge range of issues like human rights in Tibet,
Panchen Lama, Tibetan democracy and future Tibetan leadership.

The festival hosted several noted luminaries
including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Vikram
Chandra, Roddy Doyle, Louis De Bernieres, Esther
Freud, Girish Karnad, Chetan Bhagat, Nayantara
Sahgal, Roberto Calasso, Devdutt Patnaik, Claire
Tomlin, Michael Frayn, Gulzar, Shabani Azmi,
Javed Akhtar, Meghnad Desai, Pavan Varma, Mark
Tully, Her Majesty Ashi Dorjo Wangmo Wangchuk of Bhutan, The Hindu reported.

Last year, the festival played host to more than
100 writers and attracted 20,000 visitors.

The festival has become the official annual
celebration of a vibrant and resurgent Indian and
South Asian literary scene. By the time the
festival ends on Monday, organizers estimate that
some 30,000 people will have seen more than 200
authors and other speakers, according to The New York Times.
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