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
- Volga in Telugu,
- S.L. Bhyrappa and Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada,
- Kaajal Oza Vaidya in Gujarati,
- C.P. Deval and Hari Ram Meena in Rajasthani,
- Kanak Dixit and Binod Chaudhary in Nepali,
- Dhrubajyoti Bora in Assamese,
- Gulzar and Javed Akhtar in Urdu,
- Jatindra K. Nayak in Oriya,
- Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in Kashmiri,
- Arunava Sinha and Radha Chakravarty in Bengali
- Arshia Sattar, A.N.D. Haksar, and Roberto Calasso in Sanskrit.
- Writers in Hindi include Ajay Navaria, Anu Singh Choudhary, Manav Kaul, Mrinal Pande, Narendra Kohli and Yatindra Mishra.
Some of the International writers include
- Winners of the Man Booker Prize Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan;
- NoViolet Bulawayo who was the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013;
- Laurence Olivier award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sir David Hare, who makes his first visit to the Festival;
- internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni;
- 2016 Emerging Voices Award winner Eka Kurniawan;
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who predicted the 2008 global financial crisis;
- Writer, journalist and broadcaster Simon Winchester, OBE; the ‘literary institution of one’, Italian writer and published Roberto Calasso;
- Neil MacGregor, past director of the National Gallery London and the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects;
- American Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Dexter Filkins;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.