The past decade has seen the Jaipur Literature Festival grow into the world’s largest free event of its kind. Having hosted 1300 speakers and welcoming nearly 1.2 million book lovers, the success of JLF has been astonishing and heartwarming.
Celebrating writers from across the globe, the Festival has hosted some of the best regarded and loved names, ranging from Nobel Laureates and Man Booker Prize winners to debut writers such as Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eleanor Catton, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Ian McEwan, JM Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Mohammed Hanif, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Pico Iyer, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty, Vikram Seth and Wole Soyinka, as well as renowned Indian language writers such as Girish Karnad, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, MT Vasudevan Nair, Uday Prakash as well as the late Mahasweta Devi and UR Ananthamurthy.
Every year, Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple have been inviting authors from across the globe to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur. The Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally, and is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy.
Often coined as the greatest literary show on the planet, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has carefully planned your itinerary for its tenth edition to ensure you have a marvelous time in Jaipur. Here is a list of activities must not miss out on:
Immerse yourself in stories
With a great line-up,fans of the written word are in for a treat. This year promises an eclectic mix of speakers, such as the first time Man Booker prize winner Paul Beatty; Bollywood stalwarts Rishi Kapoor and Javed Akhtar; renowned poets Anne Waldman and Ruth Padel; great historians Linda Colley, Barry Cunliffe and David Armitage and iconic economists Ha-Joon Chang and Nassim Taleb.
The tenth edition of the festival has a variety of themes running through various sessions which center around Freedom to Dream: India @ 70, The Magna Carta, Translation and World Literature, Women and Marginalised Voices, Sanskrit, and Colonialism and the Legacy of the Raj.
Get up, close and personal with your favourite authors
Want to lunch with literary heavyweights? Celebrate the success of the Festival with your favourite authors at the Writer’s ball?
While the Festival is completely free and open to all, booklovers can grab the golden opportunity to interact with literary heavyweights by buying the Royal Delegate pass, visiting as a ‘Friend of the Festival’. After a leisurely lunch, you can experience the music every evening and round off the Festival dancing the night away at the Writer’s Ball. With the delegate pass you will have access to exclusive extra sessions at Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.‘Friends of the Festival’ can also avail special festival discounts on accommodation at select hotels.
Be wowed by installations
Be in awe of the excellent art installations by renowned artistes such as Subodh Gupta, Jagmohan Mathodia and Rohit Chawla at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017.
Known to make the best of materials intrinsic to all things India, Subodh Gupta transforms everyday objects such as milk pales, bicycles and utensils into art reflecting themes of globalization, migration and the cosmos.
Having exhibited his work across the world, Rohit Chawla’s signature style includes converting a quiet corner at the Diggi Palace into a makeshift photographic studio of sorts, gently whisking away his favourite authors for a quiet intimate portrait.
Jagmohan Mathodia has held more than 20 solo exhibitions and 30 group exhibitions and been a part of over 50 art camps, projects and festivals. Set to display their versatilecreations at the festival, gear up to have art give you some food for thought.
Soak in the music at Heritage Events
Bringing together arts and culture in partnership with Rajasthan Tourism, Heritage Events is a post-festival, free-for-all event which runs parallel to ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. In its third year, Heritage Events will present the world’s most renowned poets, musicians and singers. Be captivated as UstadAmjad Ali Khan plays magic on the Sarod; be enthralled as writer and musician Vidya Shah and actor Luke Kenny present their compilation of song and poetry; be enamoured as Anne Waldman and SwanandKirkire bring together voices from two sides of the globe.
‘Rhythm and Rhyme’ and ‘Mujre Se Multiplex Tak’ are set to cast you off into a great night of music and poetry at the archaic Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort.
Deep dive into history with the Magna Carta Gallery
With ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival bringing the facsimile of the Magna Carta to India for the first time, history will echo in and around Diggi Palace. Magna Carta expert, Dr. Claire, will walk visitors through the journey of the democratic mouthpiece. You can immerse yourself in these exciting historical sessions at the Magna Carta Gallery.
Indulge in some good music
Unwind with a musical evening at Hotel Clarks Amerwith an assortment of bands and singers such as Inna Modja, Bombay Bassment, Kabir Café, The Raghu Dixit Project and Lissa Hannigan amongst others.
‘Sip’ your way through sessions
What better way to enjoy those overwhelming after-session moments and discussions thansipping on thefamous Pushkari chai? Kachori and samosa stalls on the Front Lawns will satiate your mid-day hot snack cravings. And all of this will be served with added Rajasthani hospitality.
Take home some Rajasthani magic
Alongside your enriching experience at the royal retreat, the Diggi Palace, explore the nearby cluster of magnificent forts, museums and palaces while visiting the pink city. There is also a regal shopping experience awaiting you with a wealth of antique jewelry, traditional jootis and fabrics. Famous for its flavours the city offers foodies much to relish in its Lal Maas, Dal Batti, Kachori and other Rajasthani cuisine.
Exquisite handicraft work at the JLF Bazaar
Celebrating 10 years of the Festival, the Bazaar has a distinct identity. Working across mediums and materials, the makers and craftspeople bring a range that speaks of a creative synergy, power of craftsmanship and the skill of generations. the Bazaar at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 will host the official festival store featuring products that will celebrate the festival’s decade long journey.Purchase unique crafts that showcasethe versatility and skill of traditional crafts, combining it with a new design language.