The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at Boulder, Colorado is honoured to announce an
extraordinary visit by the Queen Mother of Bhutan. Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji WangmoWangchuck is the author of Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan and Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of YabUgyenDorji as told to his Daughter and Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan. Her Majesty will speak of her beloved Drukyul, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” and of the continuity and change that characterize it.
As the “happiest city” in the U.S., Boulder is a natural match to host royalty from the country that developed the concept of “Gross National Happiness” (GNH). His Majesty the fourth King, Jigme SingyeWangchuck, coined the phrase to reflect the “bridge between the fundamental values of kindness, equality and humanity and the necessary pursuit of economic growth.”
Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuckis the Founder and President of the Tarayana foundation, which helps vulnerable individuals and communities to achieve economic security through education, medical care, the promotion of artisan skills and Folk craft. She is also the Chief Patron of “Mountain Echoes”- The Annual Literature Festival of Bhutan
The small nation of Bhutan lies deep within the Himalayas between China and India, two of the most populated countries in the world. But the country of about 750,000 people is an impressive environmental success story. Bhutan is not only carbon neutral, it’s carbon negative, with ample forests acting as a carbon “sink.” Some 72 percent of the country is forested, actually absorbing more carbon dioxide each year than its population produces. The country’s strong environmental protection policies guarantee that 60 percent of the country will remain forested forever. “We are honored to welcome Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck to JLF at Boulder,” said Sanjoy K. Roy, Festival Producer. “We look forward to her insights regarding Bhutanese culture, society, environment and history, and how many of the country’s concepts can apply worldwide.”
“We at JLF at Boulder are honored by Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’sparticipation at the second edition of the Festival and look forward to sharing her deep understanding of literature, philanthropy and the natural and spiritual world,” said Festival co-director Namita Gokhale.
Specific themes at JLF at Boulder 2016 will include migration, politics, women at war, trafficking and conflict; environmental concerns such as fracking, climate change, the declining bee population, famine, and water conservation; poetic imagination and creativity; and contemporary Native American life.
Other special guest speakers in Boulder this year include Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Vietnamese American 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer,and G. Willow Wilson, author of the novel Cairo and Marvel Comic’s Ms. Marvel, both featuring a female superhero with themes touching on feminism and Islam.More details and additional confirmed speakers can be found online at https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder.
In its 9 th year, Jaipur Literature Festival, dubbed “the greatest literary show on Earth,” is the world’s largest free literature festival. The Festival drew some 330,000 people to Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital this past January. The Festival serves as a beacon of free speech around the world, giving rise to more than 200 other literature festivals throughout South Asia and countries around the world.