Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who inaugurated the five day event, took a trip down memory lane and recalled the origins of the festival in the year 2006.
    
While the main event is being hosted at the historic Diggi Palace, other venues including the Clarks Amer, Narain Niwas and two Amer Fort and Hawa Mahal are also roped in.
    
Festival Producer Sanjoy Roy welcomed the "plurality of voices" at the mega event. Calling the festival an annual literary pilgrimage, festival Director Namita Gokhale said, the event had transformed since its debut in Neemrana in 2002.
    
Participants hail from backgrounds ranging from experts in international relations, history and environment to those specialising in human nature, regional literature, art, photography, Bollywood, theatre and travel.
    
China-born British author Jung Chang, former President A P J Abdul Kalam, actor Naseeruddin Shah, playwright Girish Karnad, Nobel laureate V S Naipaul, renowned contemporary travel writer Paul Theroux, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi are few of the participants lined up for the LitFest.

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