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The 12th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival announces the second list of speakers


The Zee JLF announced its second list of 30 speakers out of over 250 speakers expected to attend the 2019 edition- 24th to 28th January 2019.

The second list of speakers features Ahdaf Soueif, Amitabha Bagchi, Amitava Kumar, Anita Nair, Aruna Roy, Ashok Chakradhar, Ashwin Sanghi, Asne Seierstad, Devdutt Pattanaik, James Crabtree, James Mallinson, Jerry Pinto, Kanishk Tharoor, Kim Wagner, KJ Alphons, Makarand Paranjape, Manoranjan Byapari, Meghna Gulzar, Naina Lal Kidwai, Navin Chawla, Neelesh Misra, Rana Dasgupta, Roy Strong, Ruby Lal, Ruth Padel, Sandeep Unnithan, Shobhaa De, Shubhangi Swarup, Steve Coll and Subodh Gupta.

The festival list sparkles with- India’s most popular authors with two New York Times bestselling crime thrillers written along with James Patterson under his belt among other numerous books; the irrepressible, fearless and delightfully irreverent Shobhaa De who comments extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours and is author of 20 books andcountless columns; the acclaimed RanaDasgupta, author of the short story collection Tokyo Cancelled, winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize forBest Book for Soloand a nominee forthe Orwell and Ondaatje Prizes in 2015 for CapitalAmitabha Bagchi, author of therecent Half the Night is Goneand anominee of the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize 2015 for This Place, Professor of English at Vassar College and a GuggenheimFellow, Amitava Kumar whose latestwork, Immigrant, Montana: A Novel, isan erotic and enigmatic exploration of the quintessential immigrant psyche; Anita Nair, Sahitya Akademi awardeeandcelebrated author, playwright and poet of The Better Man, Ladies Coupé,Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris: Keeper of the Light, Malabar Mind,among others; and New York Times &Guardian columnist, BBC presenter of the popular radio show Museum of Lost Objects and much feteddebutante novelist Kanishk Tharoor, authorof Swimmer Among the Stars, which wasnamed the Guardian and NPR Best Book of the Year.

So, get ready for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival with the inspiring speakers !

When our team got candid with JLF 2018 Music Stage Performers


Rajasthan Tourism Beat’s parallel venture Jaipur Beat gets candid with one of the greatest Indian folk & Sufi Music artists of India – Kailash Kher !
Watch him talk about music, love, passion & his special connection with Jaipur before his performance  at JLF Music Stage 2018 at Hotel Clarks Amer .

Following Kailash Kher we have English singer-songwriter David Gray  who talked about his music, passion & his first gig performance in India !
David Gray also performed at JLF Music Stage 2018 at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur .




Amer and Hawa Mahal to host glorious heritage evenings during Jaipur Literature Festival


With the most amazing lineup of artists, authors and performers for mesmerizing music and theatre performances, the Jaipur Literature Festival, in its 11th edition, will celebrate the Pink City’s exuberant heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its popular monuments.

hawa mahal night

The five-day literary festival starting from January 25, 2018 at the magnificent venue of Diggi Palace, Jaipur will host two glorious heritage evenings, organized in association with Rajasthan Tourism, at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. On the second day of the festival i.e 26th January, ‘Under the Stars’ at Hawa Mahal will feature ‘The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha’, a multimedia dance and theatre production presented by Akademi, a UK-based producer of Indian dance, marking the centenary of World War I. The poignant narrative through an interplay between image, music and dance is something not to be missed.

On January 28, ‘A Majestic Evening’ at Amber Fort will begin with Sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri, son of sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan. The recital will be followed by ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi…’, a tribute to the late ghazal maestro, Jagjit Singh, by singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s Heritage Evenings will celebrate the built heritage of Rajasthan where it will highlight Rajasthan’s rich cultural and architectural legacy through the performing arts showcases.

In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the cultural evenings  will present some of the best music and theatre performances against the backdrop of over 1000 years of Indian architecture and heritage i.e. Hawa Mahal and Amer. Entry to these events is through invitation only.


Musical Events at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2017


The Literati ‘Maha Kumbh’ of our times in its 10th year brings in the confluence of Music and prose like never before. Prepare to be blown away by an eclectic mix of talent that has descended in the historic and beautiful ‘Pink city’. There truly couldn’t be a more apt setting to this high octane yet soulful unraveling of the most incredible Literature festival on earth.

Here is a lowdown on JLF- the musical just for you. Plan your days for JLF so that you don’t miss out on any of the incredible events!


19th January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns 

Shillong chamber Choir : After Winning India’s got talent, this talented group went on to win 3 gold medals at the World Choir games. Equally adept at Western Classical, Hit-rock, Khasi folk Music and opera, they are indeed a treat to watch.


Nathu Lal Solanki : He hails from the legendary ‘Pushkar Sangeet Gharana.This master percussionist and his Nagara are a part of Rajasthan’s musical heritage. He is a master of ‘Kuchmani Khayal’ and his performances are mesmerizing and unforgettable.

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7.30-9.45 PM / Clarks Amer

Rajasthan Josh : Who doesn’t know Chugge Khan and band, also called Rajasthan Josh. They fill in this incredible space which brings together Rajasthani, Punjabi and Sufi influences of Music together.They come from the tradition of ‘Bhakti’ and ‘Sufi’ wherein the each musical piece is a guftagoo of deep divine love between the almighty & the mortal soul.


Kabir Cafe : Neeraj Arya will be the Voice of Kabir. Over last 8 years, he has taken his poetry across the country. Mir mukhtiyar and Prahald Tipanya and their folk music together with poetry of Arya is Kabir Cafe.


20th January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

Swanand Kirkire : The multi-talented writer, poet, lyricist, actor, music director, singer and theater personality is here at JLF. You have heard him on Coke-studio and Dewarist, collaborating with Zeb and Haniya on the exceedingly soulful ‘Kaho Kya Khayal Hai ?, you have heard his ‘Bande Mein Tha Dum’ from Munnabhai MBBS,  ‘Behti Hawa sa tha woh’ from 3-Idiots and ‘Manjha’ from ‘Kai Po che’. You can’t give him a miss.


Ankur Tiwari & Ghalat Family:  He is a playback singer and Music-director from the Indian music industry. Through his 10 year journey from a hotel trainee to music can be nothing but a story of passion. He is actually a storyteller who is just narrating his beautiful simple stories through have heard his ‘Galliyan’ from Ek Tha Villian,O-Yara’ from Bin roye‘ and ‘Sun raha hai na tu’ from Aashiqui -2.


7.30-9.45 PM / Clarks Amer

Bombay Bassment : The first Indian hip-hop band to perform at the prestigious ‘Glastonbury’ , members of Bombay Bassment are two Goans, one Mumbaiker, and one Kenyan. Together, Levin Mendes (drums), Ruel Barretto ( bass), Chandrashekhar Kunder and Bob Omulo aka MC Bobkat make tunes that brings together hip hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and elements of funk and reggae.


Inna Modja : she is a Malian-french singer.With hits like Mr H, La File Du Lido and French Cancan. She is a singer and song writer who expresses her music based on Motown Soul, Sahel Desert Blues, Mandinka guitars and Kora meets hip-hop.


7.30 / Ganesh Pole, Amer Fort

Rhythm and Rhyme : will be an evening of poetry readings held at Amber Fort, Jaipur on Friday, 20th January at 7.30 PM. Bringing together voices from two sides of the globe, the session will witness readings by celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and the renowned Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire. This will be followed by Sarod Recital by Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at the Amber Fort.


21st January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

Padmini Rao : Classical Singer Padmini Rao has quite a lineage. From the North Indian Classical Gharana of Kirana, she has trained under ‘Padmabhushan’ Dr Prabha. She has learnt Sitar from ‘Padmini Dagar’ and Drupad & Veena from Diwangat Maestro Zia Moinuddin Khan Dagar‘.


7.30-9.45 PM / Clarks Amer

Soulmate : Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B, Soulmate was formed when Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar decided to form a band dedicated to spreading awareness about the Blues genre.


Beth Orton & Sam Amidon : Beth Orton is a singer and songwriter who has released six trailblazing albums, including the BRIT Award-winning Central Reservation, and 2012’s ‘Sugaring Season’, which Vogue described as ‘a beautiful and timely album, filled with melancholy’. Sam Amidon is a singer/banjoist/fiddler/guitarist originally from Brattleboro, Vermont. He has released five acclaimed albums of radically reimagined folksongs on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels, most recently 2014’s Lily-O.

Beth Orton and Sam Amidon

Mujra se Multiplex tak : will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal. Coursing through the ever changing world of cultural entertainment, the session will explore how the audiences at entertainment venues have evolved over the years. Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.


22nd January 2017
9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

Debashish Day : He is a classical singer specialising in Thumri, Dadra, Thappa , Chaiti and Kajri. He is also well known for his Bhajan style of singing.

7.00-10.00 PM / Clarks Amer

Lisa Hannigan : Lisa Hannigan’s haunting voice has featured on soundtracks for TV series Fargo and Oscar-winning Gravity and she has collaborated with artists as diverse as Ray LaMontagne, Richard Hawley and Herbie Hancock. Her new album At Swim is her most bewitching yet.


Aga Khan All Stars : Aga Khan Music Initiative, a programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is an inter-regional music and arts education programme to preserve, transmit and develop musical heritage in contemporary forms. The Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble brings together the Initiative’s leading artists and AKTC’s collaborators of the past fifteen years. These master musicians are not only brilliant performers, but also pioneering composers, arrangers, improvisers, teachers, and mentors. They bring all of these talents and abilities to bear on their work with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, drawing inspiration from the past to create new music, and playing an active role in the Music Initiative’s education programme. Homayoun Sakhi on the Afghan rubab, Wu Man on the pipa, Saxophonist and composer Basel Rajoub, Salar Nader on tabla, Andrea Piccioni on single-headed frame drums, and qanun player Feras Charestan. The Ensemble will perform a newly created repertoire of compositions, improvisations and contemporary arrangements inspired by tradition.


Raghu Dixit : Their infectious, happy music transcends age, genre and language. From playing to over 100,000 people in Karnataka, to Glastonbury and even playing for the Queen of England, Dixit has done it all! Have a great time to their earthy, rooted, vibrant yet simple fun.


23rd January 2017

9.15 AM / Diggi Palace, Front Lawns

East meets Middle East : It’s a confluence of Middle East and South Asian Musical heritage. Subrat bhattacharya (Tabla), Abhishek Lohiri (Sitar), Rony Maili on Barbat and George on the percussion. They will dissolve boundaries as their music will bring together North African, Middle eastern and South Asian nuances of music.


So go ahead, book your tickets here and spend your evening in the company of the musical greats that India and the world is here to offer at JLF.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Programme Schedule


The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is just a couple of days away (19-23 January 2017), and you are one of those who don’t want to miss any important reading, interview session at any cost. So, here’s a list of all the sessions including cultural and musical evenings at Diggi Palace, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal and other venues . Enjoy 🙂

Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

9:15-9:50   Morning Music: 
Shillong Chamber Choir
10am- 11am   1. Keynote Address: Gulzar & Anne Waldman        
11:15am – 12:15pm 2. One Child: The Past and Future of China’s Most Radical Experiment:
Mei Fong introduced by Suhasini Haidar
3. Plenty:
David Hare in conversation with Raja Sen
4. Jawai: The Land of the Leopard
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jaisal Singh and Ruth Padel in conversation with Meru Gokhale
5. Migrations:
Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sholeh Wolpé, Vladimir Lucien and Valzhyna Mort in conversation with Tishani Doshi
6. Global Hindi: The Desi Diaspora:
Anu Singh Choudhary, Divya Mathur, Nand Kishore Pandey and Francesca Orsini in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf
7. Wordsmith:
Patricia Forde introduced by Nandana Sen
12:30pm – 1:30pm 8. Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary:
Simon Winchester introduced by Jonathan Shainin
9. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy
Sadhguru in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
10. Saakshi: The Witness:
S.L. Bhyrappa in conversation with Vivek Shanbhag
11. How Green Was My Valley:
Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in conversation with Neelesh Misra Presented by Kashmir Loom
12. A Life With the Trilobites:
Richard Fortey introduced by Valmik Thapar
13. Imagine: The Freedom to Dream:
Anne Waldman introduced by Puneeta Roy
1.40pm – 2.20pm 14. The Enigma of Amma
Vaasanthi in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
14A. Eternal Cities: Encounters and Inspirations
Abhay K, Amruta Patil Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Rob Schmitz
Presented by Mahindra World City
14B. Book Launch: State of India’s Environment, 2017, released by Sunita Narain   LUNCH 14C. Lady Driver: 
Chand Sakshi, Meenu Vadera and Poonam in conversation with Urvashi Butalia Presented by Azad Foundation
2:30pm – 3:30pm 15. Of Black Swans and Intellectual Fallacies:
Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced by David McWilliams
16. The Sellout
Paul Beatty in conversation with Meru Gokhale
17. Cultural Encounter: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court:
Audrey Truschke introduced by Kavita Singh
18. Azaadi Mera Brand: Walking Free
Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Swanand Kirkire
19. Marks of Identity:The Romance of Spanish:
Javier Montes, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Marina Perezagua and Sheila Cremaschi in conversation with Guillermo Rodríguez
20. Negotiating the Net in the Teen Years:
Clare Azzopardi in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary
3:45pm – 4:45pm 21. The Foreign Correspondents Club:
Dexter Filkins, Luke Harding, Madeleine O’Dea, Mark Tully, Mei Fong and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Suhasini Haidar
22. The Legacy of the Left:
Timothy Garton Ash and Mridula Mukherjee in conversation with Patrick French
23. The Roots of Yoga:
Mark Singleton and Jim Mallinson in conversation with Sudha Gopalakrishnan
24. Lost Kingdoms: The Hindu and Buddhist Golden Age in South East Asia:
John Guy introduced by Kavita Singh Presented by Avid
25. The Quest for life: Spiritual and Material Strivings of Rural Rajasthan: Bhrigupati Singh and Hari Ram Meena introduced by Ashutosh Varshney 26. Big Cat Story:
Anjali Singh and Sanjna Kapoor in conversation
4.45pm – 5:15pm 26A. 26B. Book Launch: The Sari of Surya Vilas by Vayu Naidu 26c. BOOK LAUNCH31 Miles by Vinita Bakshi TEA TEA 26D. Book Launch: EKAM:The Supreme Oneness by Sangeeta Gupta released by Keki Daruwalla
5:15pm – 6:15pm 27. We The People of India:
Ashok Desai in conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Madhav Khosla
28. Kitna Kuch Jeevan:
Manav Kaul and Swanand Kirkire in conversation with Satyanand Nirupam
29. In Search of a Muse: On Writing Poetry:
Anne Waldman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Ishion Hutchinson, Kate Tempest, Tishani Doshi and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Ruth Padel
30. Blood and Flowers:
Amruta Patil introduced by Namita Gokhale
31. Amrutara Santana: The Dynasty of the Immortals:
Chandrahas Choudhury, in conversation with Jatindra K. Nayak
Jaipur BookMark
32. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Ambika Dutt, Angélica Freitas, Madhup Mohta and Nandana Sen, moderated by Sukrita Paul Kumar
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            






9:15-9:50am   Morning Music        
10:00am – 11am 33. Suspected Poetry: Gulzar and Pavan K. Varma in conversation 34. Ginsberg and the Beat Generation
Anne Waldman and Kunga Tenzin Dorji in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
35. W.B. Yeats: The Arch Poet:
Roy Foster introduced by Tishani Doshi
36. Navras: Understanding Indian Aesthetics:
Alka Pande, Harsha Dehejia, James McHugh and Makarand Paranjape in conversation with Mrinal Pande
Presented by Getty
37. How Bitter the Tale of Love: Pleasure in Ottoman IstanbulCemal Kafadar introduced by Vedica Kant 38. Mamma ki Diary:A Mother’s Tale:
Anu Singh Choudhary in conversation with Deepa Agarwal
11:15am – 12:15pm 39. Kohinoor:
Anita Anand and William Dalrymple introduced by Swapan Dasgupta 
Presented by Getty
40. Before We Visit the Goddess:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in conversation with Shrabani Basu
41. The Heart Has Its Reasons:
Ira Trivedi and Ravinder Singh in conversation with Lucy Beresford
42. Across the Rivers: Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb:
Saeed Naqvi in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
43. The Heart:
Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
44. Do Tigers Drink Blood and Other Mysteries of Nature:
Arefa Tehsin
12:30pm – 1.30pm 45. Man Tiger:
Eka Kurniawan in conversation with Deborah Smith
46. Main Shayar Toh Nahin
Rishi Kapoor in conversation with Rachel Dwyer
47. The Poetry of Amazement:
Vikram Chandra in conversation with Tishani Doshi
48. Look Back in Anger: Writing and Remembering:
Ajay Navaria and Hari Ram Meena in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary
49. By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia:
Barry Cunliffe introduced by Tim Whitmarsh Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

Aspire: The Freedom to Dream:
Mridula Koshy in conversation with Puneeta Roy

1:40pm – 2:20pm 51.Writing Our Times:
Manu Joseph and Karan Mahajan in conversation
51A. Baahubali:
Anand Neelkantan, S.S. Rajmouli and Prasad Devineni in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
Presented by Westland
51B. Book Launch: Living With Tigers by Valmik Thapar, released by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with readings by Sanjna Kapoor 51C. Matters of Faith
Ruth Padel and Ravi Shankar Etitheth in conversation with Vayu Naidu
LUNCH 51D. Book Launch:Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying by Chitra Soundar released by Sayoni Basu
2:30pm – 3:30pm 52.Queen Victoria:
A.N. Wilson introduced by Shrabani Basu
53. The Line of Beauty:
Alan Hollinghurst in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
54. The Tamil Story:
Imayam Annamalai, Kannan Sundaram and Subhashree Krishnaswamy in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
Presented by Westland
55. On Disparity Among Indian States:
Prerna Singh and Antara Ganguli introduced by Ashutosh Varshney
56. Uttara Kanda: Searching Sita:
Arshia Sattar and Volga in conversation with Vayu Naidu
Women Uninterrupted
57. Learning to Learn: Creativity and Happiness:
Lucy Beresford and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Shazia Omar
3:45pm – 4:45pm 58. The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq:
Emma Sky, Dexter Filkins, Hardeep Singh Puri and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Jonathan Shainin
59. Narasimhanomics and the Legacy of Reforms:
Vinay Sitapati and Sanjaya Baru in conversation with Surjit Bhalla
60. Captives:
Linda Colley introduced by Sunil Khilnani
Presented by BBC History
61.The Pleasures and Perfections of Sanskrit:
Jim Mallinson, S.R. Bhatt and Sudha Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Vikram Chandra
62. The Master:Vivekananda and his Teachings:
Hindol Sengupta and Reba Som in conversation with Makarand Paranjape
4.45pm – 5:15pm 63A. Book Launch: The Promise of Beauty & Why it Matters by Shakti Maira, released by Geeta Chandran, Namita Gokhale and Ruth Padel 63B. Book Launch: Sahitya Alochan ki Adhar Bhoomi by Nand Bhardwaj Released by Justice Shiv Kumar Sharma, C.P. Deval, Hari Ram Meena and Durgaprasad Agarwal TEA TEA TEA 63C. Book Launch:Naad Anunaad: Haiku Anthology edited by Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa and Shloka Shankar
5:15pm – 6:15pm 64. Of Saffron and the Sangha:
Dattareya Hosabale and Manmohan Vaidya in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
65. A World of Disruptions:
Emma Sky, Ha-Joon Chang, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Sadaf Saaz in conversation with Patrick French
66. Gambits and Game Changers: Relooking the Indian Economy:
Mihir S. Sharma and Surjit Bhalla, in conversation with John Elliott
67. The Craftsman:
Richard Sennett introduced by Kavita Singh
68. “I Resemble Everyone But Myself”: Understanding A.K. Ramanujan:
Guillermo Rodríguez in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf and Arshia Sattar
Jaipur Bookmark
69. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Harsha Dehejia, Monica Gaur, Pierre Joris and Shanta Acharya, moderated by Keki Daruwalla
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            






9:15am- 9:50am   Morning Music: 
Padmini Rao
10:00am – 11am 70. The Page is Mightier than the Screen:

Alan Hollinghurst, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Richard Flanagan and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury


71. The Biographer’s Ball:
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Lucinda Hawksley, Roy Foster and Suzannah Lipscomb in conversation with Anita Anand
72. Civil Wars: From Antiquity to ISIS: David Armitage introduced by Vedica Kant 73. Traditions of Healing: Travels Through Indian Medicine: Aarathi Prasad introduced by Bhrigupati Singh 74. The Tartan Turban: A Scots-American at Ranjit Singh’s Court: John Keay introduced by William Dalrymple 75. Not Yet!:

Nandana Sen introduced by Arefa Tehsin

11:15am – 12:15pm 76. Magna Carta: The Spirit of Justice:

Claire Breay, Chintan Chandrachud, David Carpenter and Helena Kennedy in conversation with Patrick French


77. Standing on an Apple Box: Memoirs and Memories:

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand

78. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World: A.N.D. Haksar, Alex Watson and Tim Whitmarsh in conversation with Arshia Sattar 79. The Heart of the Story:
Clare Azzopardi, Keki Daruwalla, Mark Tully and Mridula Koshy in conversation with Sunil Sethi
80. Far Districts and Sounding Ground: Two Caribbean Poets:
Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Tishani Doshi
81. Terribly Tiny Tales and Beyond
Anuj Gosalia and Chintan Ruparel
12:30pm – 1:30pm 82. The Secret History of Capitalism:
Ha-Joon Chang introduced by Sanjeev Sanyal
83. Brexit:
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, Linda Colley, Surjit Bhalla and Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Jonathan Shainin
84. On Cultural Appropriation:
Ajay Navaria, Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton, Mrinal Pande and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
85. Kalidasa: The Eternal Poet:
A.N.D. Haksar and Bibek Debroy in conversation with Alka Pande
86. The Street of Eternal Happiness:
Rob Schmitz introduced Samanth Subramanian
87. Awakenings: Freedom to Dream:
Ornit Shani in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 88. Debate: Building a Country: Science or the Liberal Arts?:
Bohdan Krawchenko, Devesh Kapur, Dipankar Gupta, Michael S. Roth, Sukrita Paul Kumar and Tarun Khanna moderated by Shail Mayaram
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation and Wesleyan University
88A. The Kahaani Connection: Story of My Stories: Neelesh Misra introduced by Rahul Pandita   88B. Book Launch:Court Singing of Rajasthan: Mand and Rajasthani Folk Songs by Krishna Mohan Bhatt    
2:30pm – 3:30pm 89. Akbar: Kitna Itihas, Kitna Upanyas: Shazi Zaman in conversation with Ravish Kumar 90.Parikrama:
Narendra Kohli in conversation with Anant Vijay
91. Olympus: Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Amrita Tripathi 92. Sur, Sangeet, Sahitya: Writing about Music:
Mrinal Pande and Yatindra Mishra in conversation with Vidya Shah
93. Naari Chetna: Naye Swar — Women Voices: New Writing from Rajasthan:
Manisha Kulshreshtha,Rajani Morwal, Tasneem Khan and Uma in conversation with Durgaprasad Agarwal
Presented by Mahindra World City
94. Quiz:
Siddharth Basu
3.45pm – 4.45pm 95. The Dishonourable Company: How the East India Company Took Over India:
Giles Milton, John Keay, Jon Wilson, Linda Colley and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with William Dalrymple
96. Things to Leave Behind:
Namita Gokhale in conversation with Mrinal Pande and Sunil Sethi
97. Winner or Loser? Does the 21st Century Belong to China?:
Dambisa Moyo, Madeleine O’Dea, Mei Fong and Rob Schmitz in conversation with C. Raja Mohan
98. Indica:
Pranay Lal in conversation with Pradip Krishen introduced by Richard Fortey
99. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century:
Alex Ross introduced by Ruth Padel
100. The Incredible History of India’s Geography:
Sanjeev Sanyal introduced by Hindol Sengupta
4:45pm – 5:15pm 100A. Book Launch: Litro Magazine by Erik Akoto, released by Shashi Tharoor 100B. Book Launch:Capitals by Abhay K, released by Ruth Padel 100C. Kanhaiya lal Poetry Award TEA TEA  100D. Dainik Bhaskar Award
5:15pm – 6:15pm 101. Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working:
Dambisa Moyo and Ha-Joon Chang introduced by Mihir S. Sharma
102. At Home in the World
Angélica Freitas, Eka Kurniawan, Kyoko Yoshida, Vivek Shanbhag and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Helena Kennedy Presented by Zindagi
103. Writing the Self: The Art of Memoir
Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Emma Sky and Hyeonseo Lee in conversation with Samanth Subramanian Presented by Getty
104. Dark Night of the Soul: Crime and Literature:
Franck Thilliez and Vikram Chandra in conversation with Mita Kapur
105.Translators: Centre Stage:
Arunava Sinha and Deborah Smith in conversation with Neeta Gupta
Jaipur Bookmark
106. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Winner of the Kanhaiyalal Poetry Award, Punam Chadha-Joseph, Dushyant,Kaajal Oza Vaidya, Naseem Shafaie and Neeraj Daiya, moderated by Sudeep Sen
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            





9:15-9:50am   Morning Music: Debashish Dey        
10:00am – 11am 107. Napoleon the Great:
Andrew Roberts introduced by Swapan Dasgupta
108. Ardor: On the Vedas:
Roberto Calasso in conversation with Devdutt Pattanaik
109. The Narrow Road to the Deep North:
Richard Flanagan in conversation with Manu Joseph
Presented by Getty
110. Channelling Creativity:
Christopher Merrill, Karim Alrawi, Kyoko Yoshida, Natasa Duruvicova and Vivek Shanbhag in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
111. Sons and Lovers: Artists and their Families:
David Park and Marcos Giralt Torrent in conversation with Mridula Koshy
112. Experiments with Truth:
Janhavi Prasada introduced by Madhav Khosla
11:15am – 12:15pm 113. Puranas:
Bibek Debroy and Pushpesh Pant introduced by Jim Mallinson
114. Remembering the Raj
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer
115. Fiction and the Spaces in Between:
Ashok Ferrey, Kyoko Yoshida and Marina Perezagua in conversation with Sunil Sethi
116. A Line in the Sand: Sykes, Picot and the Shaping of the Middle East:
James Barr, Christopher Sykes, Tarun Khanna and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Vedica Kant
117. Engaging with India: The ‘Margins’ and the ‘Mainland’:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Sanjoy Hazarika and Teresa Rehman in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
118. Vikram and Betal:
Deepa Agarwal and Natasha Sharma in conversation
12:30pm – 1.30pm 119. Citizens and Borders: Migration and Displacement:
Reena Saini Kallat, Tania Bruguera and Tiffany Chung in conversation with Sean Anderson
Presented by MOMA
120. The Colour of Money:
Ashwin Sanghi, Binod Chaudhury, Hindol Sengupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra
121. Jack the Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up:
Bruce Robinson introduced by A.N. Wilson
122.The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness:
Lila Azam Zanganeh introduced by Chandrahas Choudhury
123. The Art of Rivalry: Friendships, Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art:
Sebastian Smee introduced by Anindita Ghose
Presented by Avid
124. Ideate: Freedom to Dream:
Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 125. Why the Future of Free Speech Depends on India
Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Salil Tripathi
125A. Private Delhi:
Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Ashok Ferrey
125B. Ojas Art Award 125C.The Camera in Jaipur:
Rahaab Allana and Sudhir Kasliwal in conversation with Giles Tillotson
LUNCH 125D. Book Launch:Rajasthani Stories Retold by Rima Hooja
2:30pm – 3:30pm 126. After the Angry Young Man, the Traditional Woman, What?:
Javed Akhtar introduced by Rachel Dwyer
127. The Art of the Novel: On Writing Fiction:
Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Paul Beatty and Richard Flanagan in conversation with Manu Joseph
128. That Which Cannot be Said:
Hyeonseo Lee, Kanak Mani Dixit, Sadaf Saaz and Timothy Garton Ash and in conversation with Madhu Trehan
129. A Very Expensive Poison: The Story of the Murder of Litvinenko:
Luke Harding introduced by Jonathan Shainin
130. Celts from the West:
Barry Cunliffe introduced by Bryan Ward-Perkins
131. Teen Tales:
Anusha Subramaniam and Zuni Chopra in conversation with Ira Trivedi
3:45pm – 4:45pm 132. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: The Lovers who Changed History:
Suzannah Lipscomb introduced by Swapan Dasgupta
133. Jai Hanuman:
Philip A. Lutgendorf and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Arshia Sattar
134. On Tour with the Rolling Stones:
Christopher Sykes introduced by Alex Ross
135. Rewriting History: The Art of Historical Fiction:
Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Shazia Omar in conversation
136.Lost in Translation:
Deborah Smith, Francesca Orsini, Paulo Lemos Horta, Sholeh Wolpé and Radha Chakravarthy in conversation with Adam Thirlwell
Presented by Harvard University Press
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137. The Girl Who Chose:
Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Ashok Ferrey
4:45pm – 5:15pm 137A. Book Launch: Narratives of Indian Modernity: The Aesthetics of BM Anand by Aditi Anand and Grant Pooke, foreward by Alka Pande, released by Jay Levenson 137B. Book Launch: Half Life by nitu, released by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM       137C. Book Launch:”So you can see in the Dark and other Indian essays” by Claudia Hyles released by William Dalrymple
5:15pm – 6:15pm 138. Mallika Dua: #nofilter:
Mallika Dua in conversation with Suhel Seth
139. The Art of the Screenplay:
Bruce Robinson, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Prasoon Joshi and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Raja Sen
140. Passage to America:
C.Raja Mohan, Devesh Kapur, Hardeep Singh Puri, Shivshankar Menon and Robert Blackwill in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra
Sunil Khilnani in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
Presented by Getty
142. Aadha Aasma:
Kaajal Oza Vaidya and Manisha Kulshreshtha introduced by Salil Tripathi
143. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Aidan Singh Bhatti, Atul Kanakk, Sangeeta Gupta, Suraj Mal Rao, Tajendra Singh Luthra and Volga moderated by Sadaf Saaz
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9:15am-9:50am   Morning Music: East Meets Middle East        
10:00am – 11am 144. Manelists, Misogyny and Mansplaining:
Antara Ganguli, Anuradha Beniwal, Bee Rowlatt, Ruchira Gupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
145. Mother India: Indian Films and the National Narrative:
Imitiaz Ali, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Rachel Dwyer and Sudhir Mishra in conversation with Shubhra Gupta
146. The Ocean of Churn:
Sanjeev Sanyal in conversation with Sunil Khilnani
147. Being the Other:
Qaisra Shahraz, Saeed Naqvi, Sadia Dehlvi and Tabish Khair in conversation with Ornit Shani
148. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: The Spice Trader Who Changed History:
Giles Milton introduced by William Dalrymple
149. The Joy of Yoga:
Ira Trivedi and Shazia Omar
11:15am – 12:15pm 150. The Girl with Seven Names:
Hyeonseo Lee introduced by Anita Anand
151. Between the Silences:
Neelima Adhar Dalmia and Vera Hildebrand in conversation with Salil Tripathi
152. The Fall of Rome and the End of Western Civilisation:
Bryan Ward-Perkins introduced by Tim Whitmarsh
153Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell and Perfume in Ancient India:
James McHugh introduced by Nidhi Dugar
Presented by Getty
154. A Syrian Warrior Poet in the Age of the Crusades:
Paul M. Cobb introduced by Max Rodenbeck
155. Rewilding a Rocky Desert:
Pradip Krishen introduced by Arefa Tehsin
12:30pm – 1:30pm 156. Footloose: The Travel Session:
Aarathi Prasad, Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Nidhi Dugar and Simon Winchester in conversation with William Dalrymple
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation
157. Shakespeare’s Restless World:
Neil MacGregor introduced by Tim Supple
158. The Personal and the Political:
Manju Kapur and Tabish Khair in conversation with Ashok Ferrey
159. Adhunikta, Ek Khoj: A Search for Modernity:
Anu Singh Choudhary, Mrinal Pande, Nand Kishore Pandey and Saurabh Dwivedi in conversation with Aditi Maheshwari Goyal
160. Himal: The Rage of Nature:
Kanak Mani Dixit, Kunga Tenzin Dorji and Pushpesh Pant in conversation with Hridayesh Joshi
161. Explorations: Freedom to Dream:
Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 162. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz: A Message of Love
Imitiaz Ali, Reema Abbasi and Syed Salman Chishty in conversation with Sadia Dehlvi
 162A. 162B. Book Launch: Wisden Almanack 2017, Suresh Menon in conversation with Bishan Singh Bedi  162C. Poetry in Politics in Mogul India:
T.C.A Raghavan in conversation with Audrey Truschke
LUNCH  162D. Book Launch: Celestial Beings by Sidharth
2:30 pm- 3:30pm 163. In Many Tongues: Voices from Brazil, Iceland, Wales, Latvia, Mauritius, Luxembourg, Croatia and Macedonia:
Angélica Freitas, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Eluned Gramich, Inga Žolude, Issa Asgarally, Pierre Joris, Roman Simić and Rumena Buzarovska introduced by Alexandra Buchler
164. Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers:
Frank Trentmann introduced by Mihir S. Sharma
165. The Forever War: Dispatches from the War on Terror:
Dexter Filkins introduced by Max Rodenbeck
166. Leonardo Da Vinci:
Luke Syson

introduced by Neil MacGregor
Presented by Getty

167. Rajasthani: Bhasha ki Manyata:
C.P. Deval, Geeta Samour and K.C. Maloo in conversation with Nand Bhardwaj
Presented by Mahindra World City
168. You Got Magic!:
Neel Madhav introduced by Mallika Dua
3:45pm – 4:45pm 169. 170. Let them Eat Chaos: Kate Tempest in Performance:
Kate Tempest introduced by Tishani Doshi
171. The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man:
Luke Harding introduced by Samanth Subramanian
172. Invisible Libraries:
Danish Sheikh, Lila Azam Zanganeh and Mridula Koshy in conversation with Rick Simonson
173. One Thousand and One Nights and Conference of the Birds:
Paulo Lemos Horta, Sholeh Wolpé and Tim Supple introduced by Paul M. Cobb
174. Dalit Chetna: Hasyae ke Swar:
Ajay Navaria, Hari Ram Meena, Leeladhar Mandloi and Ratan Kumar Sambhria
4.45pm – 5:15pm     175. Kaljayee Premchand: Timeless Legacy
Satyanand Nirupam and Kamal Kishore Goenka
176. Women Waging Peace:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Naseem Shafaie and Ornit Shani in conversation with Ruchira Gupta


It’s not just literary big leagues; art and culture with heritage backdrop will jazz up the JLF sessions


Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

As we are already excited about the Jaipur Literature Festival, which will host some of the most renowned literary heavyweights, an announcement on Friday about two “Heritage Evenings” is all set to raise the bar of the event to a new level. Rajasthan Tourism has collaborated with the Literature Festival this year to showcase poetry and music against the backdrop of two of Jaipur’s heritage monuments — the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal on January 20 and 21.

Amer Fort

Replicating an “East meets West” scenario, the celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and polular Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire will mesmerize visitors with their readings in a session named “Rhythm and Rhyme.” This evening of poetry readings will be held at Amber Fort on January 20 and will bring voices from two sides of the globe, followed by a sarod Recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan,  India’s second highest civilian honour.

“Mujre Se Multiplex Tak,” will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal on the following evening.

Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.

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“With the support of Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will celebrate the wonderful cultural and architectural heritage of the city of Jaipur through the Festival’s Heritage Evenings!  The exclusively curate evenings will offer an experience that uniquely places cultural performances within the context of the city’s built heritage and allows audiences to engage with these significant places in a new dimension.

This year’s list of speakers at the lit fest sees a host of Man Booker winners and nominees check out whom to listen in our next blog!

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 announced the list of speakers at Curtain Raiser in Delhi



The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to be held from January 19th -23rd, 2017 announces the list of 10 speakers coming to Jaipur in January as part of its weekly campaign. Some of the Themes of ZEE JLF 2017 include 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.

ZEE JLF offers an experience to mingle with authors, interact with industry players, relax in the Festival Delegate lounge and enjoy the live music concerts and Festival Fringe events. The Curtain Raiser of the event in Delhi gathered audiences to enjoy joyous musical performances, powerful dramatic readings and translated renditions at the Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.


With around 30 languages represented from India and across the world, the Festival will feature authors writing in Indian regional languages including the popular

  1. Volga in Telugu,
  2. S.L. Bhyrappa and Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada,
  3. Kaajal Oza Vaidya in Gujarati,
  4. C.P. Deval and Hari Ram Meena in Rajasthani,
  5. Kanak Dixit and Binod Chaudhary in Nepali,
  6. Dhrubajyoti Bora in Assamese,
  7. Gulzar and Javed Akhtar in Urdu,
  8. Jatindra K. Nayak in Oriya,
  9. Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in Kashmiri,
  10. Arunava Sinha and Radha Chakravarty in Bengali
  11. Arshia Sattar, A.N.D. Haksar, and Roberto Calasso in Sanskrit.
  12. Writers in Hindi include Ajay Navaria, Anu Singh Choudhary, Manav Kaul, Mrinal Pande, Narendra Kohli and Yatindra Mishra.

Some of the International writers include

  1.  Winners of the Man Booker Prize Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan;
  2. NoViolet Bulawayo who was the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013;
  3. Laurence Olivier award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sir David Hare, who makes his first visit to the Festival;
  4. internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni;
  5. 2016 Emerging Voices Award winner Eka Kurniawan;
  6. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis;
  7. Writer, journalist and broadcaster Simon Winchester, OBE; the ‘literary institution of one’, Italian writer and published Roberto Calasso;
  8. Neil MacGregor, past director of the National Gallery London and the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects;
  9. American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Dexter Filkins;
  10. Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of the books The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century and Listen to This;
  11. Ha-Joon Chang whose books, including 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide will have been translated into 40 languages and published in 43 countries;
  12. Linda Colley, award-winning historian, academic, author and broadcaster who specialises in post-1700 British history and author of Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 and Acts of Union and Disunion.


Zee Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off amid vivid colors of Rajasthan


Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Taking along all the paparazzi, speculations and expectations, the 9th annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (January 21-25, 2016) kicked off amid soulful classical music wafted through the winter breeze at its favourite venue, luminous, sun kissed Diggi Palace, Jaipur by Rajasthan Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje along with the guest of honour Booker winner, Canadian poet, novelist and critic Margaret Atwood.

Jaipur Literature Festival, although, nourishes narratives and nurtures a fabulous literary community but also brings in a spontaneous momentum and energy in the Pink City for five days. Today, the festival saw a tremendous blend of celebrity participations, fashion updates and much more than just literature.

The vivid colors at Diggi Palace

Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Talking about this year’s decoration, the vibrant Rajasthani puppets of all sizes appearing right from the entrance to the main lawn dazzled the visitors from each corner. Well, it doesn’t matter how dazzling the single literary stars be, the all decked Diggi palace eclipsed them all today. Draped in dramatic, pinks, oranges and blues, glinting with Rajasthani leheriya, bedecked with attractive jewels of food, books and beverages stalls, festooned with colourful Rajasthani Puppets and more puppets , and crossed and re-crossed by trails of  hippy fashionistas and long booted wonderful people, it’s a no overstatement that all the litterateurs of the world are digging on Diggi today!

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Charisma of Celebrities

The celebrities from B town to theatre, the renowned Rajasthani folk artists to international band players all flocked the festival. The special one was the session of renowned author Ruskin Bond. Besides, some celebrities were invited speakers while others were guests and performers, each celebrity appearance was giving a heavy voice to the event.

Aromas and flavours of Rajasthan

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What caught our attention apart from the literature was Food Zone!! The entire lawn was filled with the tempting aromas of various cuisines of Rajasthan and beyond. The Diggipuri Ki Chai is a must try, which instantly energises and instigates a desire for another cup of the tea. A visit to these inviting stalls at the food zone as well as book stalls was a perfect treat in between while shuffling sessions.

In spite of being a weekday, the First day of ZEE Jaipur Literature festival was tremendously crowded that at certain point of time it had become very difficult to stand and find place to sit for the readings.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Yes, termed as Asia’s leading literature event, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is a celebration of national and international writers which will host speakers from 20 countries. The festival programme with readings, talks, book lunches, debates, performances, school kids workshops and exciting activities is also the best place for self branding and virtual Social Networking!

Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

Selfies and more Selfies !

Oh Ya Selfies !! Every second turn of the all decked Diggi Palace was a venue for selfie freaks! Pouts and poses made it more fun for the entire day at Jaipur Literature Festival. And the vibrant and lively puppets made for a wonderful backdrop for colorful JLF Selfies.

Cultural Bonanza

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The cultural and Musical evening is just about begin at Hotel Clarks Amer Jaipur. Rajasthan’s famous folk performing artists Kutle Khan Project  and international musicians Yom & Wang Li are going to perform tonight for the guests.

This is all from the day one,  tomorrow once again the colorful puppets of Rajasthan would welcome you to ‪#‎ZeeJLF and the folk dance of Rajasthan will perk up your morning, you can pick up the newspapers from the stack and go by the Indigo Standard Time to spend your day there, or you could serenely read the schedule and begin your day by watching some enlightening literati talk!



Jaipur Literature Festival off to London for 2 days!


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The Jaipur Literature Festival has recently gained its place in the global literary calendar as the world largest free literature festival. After gaining appreciable appraisal at the global level ‘JLF (Jaipur Literature Festival)’ this time reaches to Southbank in London for the resplendently second time. This is the time when the London is deep drowned into the colors of Rajasthan.



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Exhibiting South Asia’s multilingual literary heritage. JLF’ 15 held for two days along with “Alchemy”, South Bank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture.
JLF began in 2006 and now it is one of the world’s biggest literature festival. Along with the debate sessions, lectures of the award winning writers and famous personalities, it’s also featuring attractive music sessions, interactive workshops and many more.
Sawai Madhopur MLA, Princess Diya Kumari represented the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and inaugurated the second edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at the Southbank Centre in London on late evening Saturday.jlf2