Jaipur Literature Festival – Woodstock of literary events

| Last Updated: January 30, 2013 at 4:57 PM

One of the biggest literary events, success of JLF has spawned clones across the world

Starting with just 14 guests in 2005, Jaipur Literature Festival has become one of the biggest literary events attracting not just writers from India but also from across the world.

Over the years, the event has not only increased in popularity but has also been emulated across the world. As many as 30 literary festivals around India have been inspired from the Jaipur fest but clones of the festival have mushroomed in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka too. From 14 guests in 2005 and 400 in 2007, the festival recorded 120,000 footfalls in 2012.

A friendly cricket watch kick-started the 2013 edition of the fest

Jaipur Literature Festival is jam-packed with sessions. Travel.india.com presents few of the must-attend sessions.

Events to bookmark

Jan 24: ‘O To Live Again!’ Keynote address by Mahasweta Devi

‘Kinships of Faiths: Finding the Middle Way’ HH Dalai Lama in conversation with Pico Iyer

‘Colliding Worlds: The Quest for Justice’ Binayak Sen, Ilina Sen, Harsh Mander and Rohini Nilekani in conversation with Surina Narula

‘The Novel of the Future’ Mohammed Hanif, Howard Jacobson, Nadeem Aslam, Linda Grant, Lawerence Norfolk and Zoe Heller in conversation with Anita Anand

Jan 25: ‘Breakout Nations’ Nandan Nilekani and Ruchir Sharma in conversation

‘Sex and Sensibility: Women in Cinema’ Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Sanjoy Roy

Mahashweta Devi and the Dalai Lama would deliver keynote addresses

Jan 26: ‘Republic of Ideas’ Patrick French, Ashis Nandy, Ashutosh, Tarun Tejpal and Richard Sorabji in conversation with Urvashi Butalia

‘Ghosts of Empire’ Reading by Kwasi Kwarteng introduced by Swapan Dasgupta

Book Launch: The Arabic version of the Ramayana by Wadi al-Bustani.

‘Corner of a Distant Playing Field’ Rahul Dravid, Ian Buruma and Suresh Menon in conversation with Rajdeep Sardesai

Jan 27: ‘The Global Soul and the Search for Home’ Pico Iyer, Abraham Verghese, Laleh Khadivi, Akash Kapur and Sadakat Kadri, moderated by Aminatta Forna

‘Hindi-English Bhai Bhai’ Ashok Vajpeyi, Bhalchandra Nemade, Ashis Nandy, Udaya Narayana Singh and Ira Pande in conversation with Ravish Kumar

My Father, Our Fraternity by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, launched by Bina Kak, follwed by a performance by Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan

‘Picture Abhi Baaki Hai: From Page to Screen’ Jaideep Sahni, Neelesh Misra and Gaurav Solanki in conversation with Nasreen Munni

Cultural shows are also part of the festival

‘Junoon: In the Company of Poets’ Jeet Thayil, Tishani Doshi and Sheniz Janmohamed

Jan 28: ‘Big Bang’ Simon Singh introduced by Madhu Trehan

‘The Finkler Question’ Howard Jacobson in conversation with Samanth Subramanian

Taming the Gods: Religion and Politics’ Ian Buruma,Reza Aslan, Ahdaf Souief and Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury

‘Capitalism Has Lost Its Way’ Debate


First Published: January 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM

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