Jaipur, Jan 25: The 11th edition of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) kicked off on Thursday. The literary festival will feature 200 sessions on various trends, topics ranging from poetry, fiction, non-fiction, science, history, environment, journalism, liberal arts, travel, cinema, and economics.Also Read - Blue Pottery From Jaipur: What Is The Big Deal? 

The five-day event, which will conclude on January 29, was inaugurated by Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and British-born American essayist and novelist Pico Iyer. While Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje gave it a miss. Also Read - 5 Dead, 7 Injured In Road Mishap On Delhi-Jaipur Highway as Speeding Cruiser Rams Into Parked Truck

Often referred as Kumbh of literature, the festival, organised at the historic Diggi Palace, will have 2000 speakers. Also Read - Monkey Ran Away With Bag Containing Murder Evidence, Says Jaipur Police To Court

This year, the festival will host over 250 writers, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular cultural icons from over 35 nationalities, spanning over 15 Indian and 20 international languages as well as those representing major awards such as the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer Prize, the Padma Vibhusan and the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Music and art experiences are always one of the major highlights of the event. An announcement will also be made at the festival about including first ever Hindi word in Oxford Dictionary. As many as 20 books will also be launched by acclaimed writers such as Shashi Tharoor, Ashok Chopra, and Ashwani Sangi during the event.

Meanwhile, authorities have taken additional precautions to avoid any untoward incident in view of protests surrounding Padmaavat by Karni Sena in Rajasthan.