One of the most awaited literature festivals of the year, the Jaipur Literature Festival, is all set to host its 13th edition in the pink city and we couldn’t be more excited. The festival is known to host some of the most iconic names from the field of literature from around the globe.
That’s not where it ends. There are panel discussions, book launches, book readings and so may more interactive sessions that gives readers a chance to connect with their favourite author. In the past 12 years, the Jaipur Literature Festival has transformed into a global phenomenon by hosting more than 2000 renowned speakers from around the world.
What’s It About?
The idea behind the Jaipur Literature Festival is ‘to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.’ In order to facilitate that have been bringing together politicians, humanitarians, writer, thinkers, business leaders and known faces from across different verticals like sports and entertainment as well. All of them are brought together on one platform where they engage in debates and dialogues that are thoughtful and present a wide wholistic perspective.
The festival is set against a gorgeous backdrop of a location that is considered to be a gem among many of Rajasthan’s beautiful and cultural heritage: Diggi Palace, in Jaipur. It is a five-day program that is organised and curated by writers and festival directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts.
In the past, some of the speakers who have been a part of the event are Nobel Laureates JM Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk and Muhammad Yunus, Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty, Sahitya Akademi winners Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, MT Vasudevan Nair as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and UR Ananthamurthy.
Going beyond the field of literature, the festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late APJ Abdul Kalam, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.
This year, some of the popular names among panelists include filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj, classical singer Shubha Mudgal, Sahitya Akademi winner Keki N Daruwalla, among many other laureates from around the globe.
The festival is an amalgamation of music, art and culture. Not only the attendees get to be a part of the mindful discussions, but also get acquainted with the culture of the city. Live acts, performances, festival bazaar and a night market, Diggi Palace has a different vibe altogether during these five-days of festivities.
You can register now and attend the festival for free. And don’t forget to carry the book by your favourite author along with you. Who knows, you might get the opportunity to get it signed as well.