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Literature and Cricket to connect at DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

Authors XI to meet Royals XI in a friendly match on January 23, 2012

New Delhi, 15th January 2013: The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia’s leading literature event, scheduled to begin in the Rajasthan capital from January 24th, encompasses a range of activities in the areas of film, music and theatre and promises a rare and exciting experience for people from all walks of life. To add to the enthusiasm, a friendly cricket match is being organized between leading authors coming to the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival and the Royals XI, comprising of few players, team management and esteemed personalities. The ‘Authors XI’ versus ‘Royals XI’ match will be held in Jaipur, the home of Rajasthan Royals, on 23rd January between 2 and 5 pm.

Sreesanth, Ashok Menaria, AjitChandela, DishantYagnik, Raghu Iyer, ShashiTharoor, TarunTejpal and Lakshya Raj Singh Mewar are among the eminent players constituting the Royals XI team. The Authors XI team includes prominent names such as Richard Beard, Sam Carter, Nicholas Hogg, James Holland, Tom Holland, Anthony McGowan, AnoshIrani, Alex Preston and Charlie Campbell, the captain of the team.

Sharing his enthusiasm about the match, Charlie Campbell said, “It is a dream made real for the Authors to play the Royals XI. We feel like cricket’s answer to Rocky Balboa. We are all ready, if asked, to turn our backs on books and join the growing ranks of fans of T20 cricket.”

Mr. Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, “As a team that epitomizes the elegance, royalty and rich heritage of Rajasthan, we are proud and excited to be associated with the DSC Jaipur Literature festival. Other than being a magnificent platform to celebrate the wonderful art of writing, the festival is extraordinary because it is the most prestigious event in the Asia-Pacific region to recognise the works of both national and international writers. We are thrilled to host the friendly match which promises to be as energetic and competitive as the literature festival itself.”!”

As a new fixture in the annual event at Jaipur, the match is open to the public at no cost and has been set to keep the festival fervor at the highest levels.

Sanjoy K. Roy, Producer, DSC Jaipur Literature Festival and MD, Teamwork Productions, said, “It is an unusual combination to have authors and cricketers in a match of skill – this new festival fixture will be a delight for audiences from Jaipur and around the world.”

About The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is considered to be Asia’s leading literature event, celebrating national and international writers, and encompassing a range of activities including film, music and theatre. The festival has already hosted some of the best-known national and international writers including OrhanPamuk, J.M. Coetzee, John Berendt, Kiran Desai, Christopher Hampton, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Simon Schama, Thomas Keneally, HanifKureishi, Vikram Chandra, Anoushka Shankar, Michael Frayn, Stephen Frears, Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, ShashiTharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia, among many others. The Directors of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festivals are William Dalrymple and NamitaGokhale and the festival is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy and Sheuli Sethi of Teamwork Productions. DSC Limited is the principal sponsor of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival.

About Teamwork Productions

Teamwork is a highly versatile entertainment company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. Our expertise lies in the area of entertainment and includes television, film – documentary and feature, and the creation and development of festivals of contemporary performing arts, visual arts, and literature across the world.

We currently produce 17 performing and visual arts festivals in 21 cities across 11countries, including Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA. Teamwork produces Asia’s biggest literary gathering – the annual DSC Jaipur Literature Festival – as well as the Hay Festival in Kerala.

‘Celebrating India in Israel’,‘Indian Summer in Canada’, ‘Eye on India in Chicago’, ‘Kahaani Festival’ and ‘Strings of the World’ are five new annual performing and visual arts festivals that have been launched in 2011-2012.

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About Rajasthan Royals

Epitomising the elegance, style, valour and royalty of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur based Indian Premier League team loved by fans across the world. Winners of the inaugural IPL in 2008, the team is impassioned by indomitable qualities of strength, fighting prowess and courage in the face of tough opposition. The royal blue and gold emblem of Rajasthan Royals reflects the rich history of the region and their promising future. The team’s anthem ‘HallaBol’ and mascot ‘Moochu Singh’ capture the energy, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude of the team.

Ever since its inception, the Royals brand has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent in India. With a major presence on social media platforms, Royals offers fans a unique digital experience taking them to the heart of all the action. While the team’s YouTube channel happens to be the most watched amongst all IPL teams, the Facebook page and twitter handle enjoy a growing number of supporters and followers. The official website based fan zone gives fans the freedom to express themselves through content, videos, images, forums or polls, all driven the fans themselves. These aspects have made Rajasthan Royals the most loved team and enabled to it emerge as the first Global sporting brand from India.

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