The ‘greatest literary show on Earth the’ ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF 2016) is back. The five-day programme set against a backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur is scheduled from January 21-25, 2016.
Here are 5 reasons you should be attending the fest:
1) Cultural Saga
The literary event will have a number of sessions on the tradition, culture and writers of Rajasthan. From Hindi mystic and poet Meera Bai to Kaavad oral traditions and the wonderful regional cuisine, many rich jewels of Rajasthani culture will be showcased. ‘Rajasthali: Katha aur Kathakaar’ – will explore the unique cultural and linguistic heritage of the state, with its rich diversity of ballads, epics and oral traditions finding echoes in readings by well-known writers and poets from the state. The rich, oral Kaavad tradition will be celebrated and explored in ‘Kaavad: The Itinerant Storytellers of Rajasthan’.
2) Presence of leading writers and thinkers
JLF has the best selection of acclaimed authors, poets, novelists from India and across the world. From Ruskin Bond to Margaret Atwood, all are going to make a stop over at JLF 2016. Some more award winning writers to look forward to would include Marlon James who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his epic and visceral novel ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ and Cyprian Broodbank who’s ‘The Making of the Middle Sea’ won the Wolfson History Prize amongst others.
Frontline reporters will discuss conflict and its effect on the modern world with American reporter Dexter Filkins, English foreign correspondent Christina Lamb and CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen. Leading Indian writers include Mridula Sinha, Alka Saraogi, Ashok Vajpeyi, Yatindra Mishra, Prabhat Ranjan, Harish Trivedi and Mridul Kirti in Hindi, Anita Agnihotri in Bangla, Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada, Ila Arab Mehta in Gujarati, Madhav Hada in Rajasthani, Makarand Sathe in Marathi, Sahil Maqbool in Kashmiri, and many others including the Santhali publisher Ruby Hembrom.
3) Stimulating Conversations
With moderators such as Swapan Dasgupta, Shobha De, Patrick French and William Dalrymple at the helm, there will be some stimulating conversations on a wide variety of topics from philosophy to history to politics.
The evolving modern issue of privacy is the focus of a range of sessions. ‘The Fiction of Privacy: Drawing the Line’ looks at the daily dilemma of journalists and non-fiction writers grappling with issues of privacy, both philosophical and legal with Avirook Sen, Samanth Subramanian and Pragya Tiwari. ‘Total Recall: The End of Privacy’ brings together Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Dayanita Singh with Homi Bhabha to explore whether privacy is dead forever; the concept of personal privacy as a collective philosophical value and right which sometimes overlaps and conflicts with issues of security and secrecy.
4) Book Launches
The festival will see the launch of several books such as ‘Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art’ by Sangeeta Datta and ‘You Can- Be Smarter and Wiser’ by Meera Shenoy and Prasad Kaipa
5) Music Stages
After a long day of serious stimulations one does need a break. What better way to meet with friends and network against backdrop of some good music. Each evening will see a performance.
So keep your calendars blocked!
For programme details, visit: https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/jlf-2016/programme/