The eighth edition of the five-day annual jamboree, which has become a major event on the literary calendar ever since its inception in 2006, has an interesting line up of debates and discussions while music and Bollywood, too, are to feature prominently on the programme this year.

"The city of Jaipur has always welcomed and supported the 'kumbh' of literature since it began. We are excited to take the festival even beyond the four walls of Diggi Palace to some of the city's most iconic sites this year," said Festival Producer Sanjay Roy.

Unique satellite events have been planned at historic Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal. While actor Naseerudin Shah would recite the poetry of Manto at Amer on the opening day, Shabana Azmi will recite poetry at Hawa Mahal the following day.

"The festival has progressed in various ways since its debut. We try to have variety in the line up of speakers every year and ensure that there is something new every time," Roy said.

Asked about their expectations from this year's festival, Roy said, "I hope the content gets more coverage than the controversies".

There is high anticipation this year as well for the festival whose past editions have also sometimes seen controversy, like the one to do with writer Salman Rushdie's name on the dignitaries' list in 2011 and the hue and cry over sociologist Ashish Nandy's remarks in 2012.

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