|View of "Zee Jaipur Literature Festival" from Press terrace.|
This year 2016 it was my 5th year to "Jaipur Literature Festival" and it was JLF's 9th edition. In these years I had seen it grow from a beautiful flower to a beautiful cauliflower now. When I started coming here the public was limited and genuine, you had a place to breath and there used to be lot of positive energy in the environment. It was more about interaction with all the writers, authors, poets and literates rather than just listening to them. In my initial 3years I felt that all the speakers were more interested in sharing their Idea's, their views and their vision about their subject rather than promoting themselves or their books. From last year I started to have this feeling that now most of the speakers are trying to promote themselves and their work rather than sharing their vision, this year was also the same.
The fault is not of the speakers but the problem is that now JLF is turned into a place where most of the visitors don't know a thing about literature, they just come here to take pictures of celebrities and selfie with them if get chance. For this audience JLF has became a in-thing or can say fashion thing where they come and brag about it on social media to show their friends how much literate they are or how much inn they are. This year I had interaction with many of these so called "literates" and found that most of them don't even know what exactly is happening here. These so called "literates" grab the seats at session without even knowing what is happening and after few minutes start getting bored and start doing their chit chat. Some "literates" grab a seat in prior session of any celebrity’s session cause they know in the celebrity’s session they will not be able to get a seat. These kind of "literates" are the real reason why this place got over crowded and why in these years it is turning into more of a commercial festival rather than a literature festival. After seeing all these kind of things any speaker will feel hurt and they lose interest in interaction, So all they are left with is self promotion.
I don’t know the way of stopping these kind of "literates" to enter “Jaipur Literature Festival” but I seriously hope that Sanjoy K. Roy will find a way to save this festival from further turning into pumpkin.
Last year also I had done a post on so called "literates" here is the link. . .
Photos of Zee Jaipur Literature Festival or you can say Glimpses of Jaipur Literature Festival - 2016.
|Molly Crabapple signing book at “Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2016”|
Dates for Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 are 21st to 25th January 2016. For Free Registrations at JLF 2016 Check this link https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/jlf-2016/register/
Photos of Jaipur Literature Festival or you can say Glimpses of Jaipur Literature Festival - 2015
William Dalrymple is the author of nine books about India and the Islamic world, including City of Djinns, White Mughals, The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. & Javed Akhtar is eminent Indian film scriptwriter, lyricist and poet.
Indian film actress Waheeda Rehman.
Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik lectures and writes (30 books and 500 columns at last count) on the relevance of mythology in modern times. & Valmik Thapar has spent 40 years serving the forests and wild tigers of India. During this period he has written, edited and co-authored 25 books and presented more than a dozen films for the BBC and other international networks on the tiger and the flora and fauna of India.
|Author Jerry Brotton & Author Peter Frankopan is Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. He works on the history and literature of Byzantium, the Crusades, the Islamic world, and Russia. He studied at Cambridge, before changing Light for Dark Blue.|
Dates for Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 are 21st to 25th January 2015. For Registrations at JLF 2015 Check this link http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/registration/
The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest free literary festival, today announced the first line-up of authors set to attend next year’s festival, which runs from 17th – 21st January 2014. Featuring Pulitzer Prize winners, academics from the world’s leading universities, as well as authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; the seventh edition of the festival is set to bring some of the greatest thinkers and writers to the Pink City for five days of literary debates and discussions. As in past years, the annual Festival will also feature live music sessions and interactive workshops.
The illustrious group of authors announced today includes Nehru Fellow and tribal activist, Ganesh N. Devy; Gloria Steinem whose fight for the cause of women is legendary; the world's leading military historian and winner of Britain's two top non-fiction prizes (the Wolfson and Samuel Johnson) Antony Beevor; award winning novelist, critic and literary polymath Geoff Dyer; Hollywood actor Rupert Everett and travel writers Robyn Davidson and Cheryl Strayed. Other authors from India and around the world include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Samantha Shannon, Vaidehi, Amish Tripathi, Geetanjali Shree, Lily Wangchhuk, Jerry Pinto, Mahesh Dattani, Mary Kom, Narendra Kohli, and Sabrina Dhawan, screenwriter for Monsoon Wedding, with Irrfan Khan.
Survival of languages, which examines India’s linguistic diversity, and the challenges it faces. A series of sessions on ‘Crime and Punishment’ dissects the genre of the detective novel and also looks at Bollywood villains, vendetta and the shadow lines between the good guys and the bad. Another focal point will be ‘Women Uninterrupted’, with the Man Booker shortlisted and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri and young literary sensation Samantha Shannon (widely tipped as the next JK Rowling!) as key authors. The Festival, in keeping with its inclusive nature, will also host personalities such as the National Film Award-winning actor, Irrfan Khan speaking with Sabrina Dhawan on screenwriting, plus the Olympic bronze medalist boxer, Mary Kom, who will be discussing her biography. The 2014 Festival also boasts a particularly strong phalanx of major historians from Princeton, Oxford and Harvard including David Cannadine, father and son scholarly duo Partha and Rana Mitter, Maya Jasanoff and Mary Beard.
As in previous years, the 2014 Festival will be free with registration and will take place at Diggi Palace with increased capacity and space for visitors. Festival Co-Director, Namita Gokhale said, “Come January, a cloud of creative energies gathers around Jaipur. Writers and thinkers from South Asia and around the world will once again debate and attempt to make sense of our changing worlds through the prism of literature. As readers from around the world get ready for their annual literary pilgrimage, the Jaipur yatra will continue to celebrate books and ideas, readers and writers in an open, joyous and spontaneous space, and to uphold the spirit of democratic dialogue and exchange.”
Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple said, “In less than a decade Jaipur has become the largest free literature festival in the world, and the largest litfest in the Asia-Pacific region. It has done this by consistently bringing together at Jaipur the greatest literary minds on earth and presenting them to the public, rich and poor, young and old, desi and firangi, completely free of charge. But never have we fielded a line-up like this year, a gathering of the greatest artists in fiction and non-fiction the world has to offer, supported by swathes of Princeton, Harvard and Oxbridge faculty. It’s going to be an extraordinary few days.”
Speaking about the event, Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts which produces the Festival said, “We are thrilled to announce an incredible line-up of authors already in place for 2014. This year we have increased the space at the Festival site to comfortably accommodate the large number of visitors.”
In 2013 over 180,000 visitors to the Festival were recorded, securing the Jaipur Literature Festival as the world’s largest free literary festival. Registrations for the Festival’s 2014 edition have begun for delegates, members of the media, and the general public. Details on registration and accreditation are available online at
Glimpses of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013
I was thinking from where should I Start and What to say but cant able to decide anything. To say anything about the Grandness of "Jaipur Literature Festival" is kind of Impossible to me. There were Thousands of Literariens from all around the World. The Energy Level there was Mind Boggling.
The 5 day Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) – billed as the biggest literary event in Asia-Pacific – ended here on Monday. Festival director William Dalrymple said an estimated 2 lakh footfall was recorded this time, against 1.20 lakh last year.
Scholars from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Columbia were among the 260 authors from all across the world, who addressed the audience on a wide range of subjects. They educated, inspired and regaled them and unhesitatingly mingled with the crowds. The event, in its sixth year, encompassed debates, talks, performances, children’s workshops and interactive pursuits.
JLF 2014 will be held from January 16 to 20
If the list for 2014 turns out to be real, then the next edition should be the biggest for JLF. The speakers includeDavid Mitchell, Jonathan Franzen, Umberto Eco, Jonathan Safran Foer, Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood,Adonis, Colm Toibin, Hisham Matar, Jeanette Winterson, Marjane Satrapi and Peter Carey. Ian McEwan will also return.
All I will say is that You have to be here to Know it. If you are from out of Jaipur then yes you should plan a trip in such a way so that you can attend this Fest.
The Link of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) Official Site.
“The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!”
Few Pictures of Sessions I had Attended. . .
|'The Global Soul and the Search for Home'|
Pico Iyer, Abraham Verghese, Laleh Khadivi, Akash Kapur and Sadakat Kadri, moderated by Aminatta Forna
|'Republic of Ideas'|
Patrick French, Ashis Nandy, Ashutosh, Tarun Tejpal and Richard Sorabji in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
|'Remembering Sunil Da'|
Film, readings by Sharmila Tagore, tributes by Aruna Chakravarti, Arunava Sinha and Amit Chaudhuri, moderated by Malashri Lal
|'Maps of Love and Hate: Nationalism and Arab Literature'|
Ahdaf Soueif, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Selma Dabbagh in conversation with Jonathan Shainin, introduced by William Dalrymple
|'Whose legacy is it anyway? Land, People and Development'|
H.M. Nerurkar, Kota Neelima, Shoma Chaudhury and Tarun Das in conversation with John Elliot
|'The Epic Imagination'|
Devdutt Pattanaik, Madeline Miller and Sitanshu Yashaschandra in conversation with Vayu Naidu
Book Launch: The Ascent of Sita by Vayu Naidu
|'Hindi-English Bhai Bhai'|
Ashok Vajpeyi, Bhalchandra Nemade, Ashis Nandy, Udaya Narayana Singh and Ira Pande in conversation with Ravish Kumar
Ashok Chakradhar, Ikraam Rajasthani and Atul Kanakk in conversation with Sampat Saral
|'Literature of Love and Longing'|
Andrew Solomon, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Saleem Kidwai, Devdutt Pattanaik and Philip Hensher in conversation with Sandip Roy
Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Saraswati Mathur, Ambika Dutt, Devyani Bhardwaj, Om Nagar, Premchand Gandhi and Atul Kanakk, introduced by Smita Tewari Jassal
|'Sex and Sensibility: Women in Cinema'|
Shabana Azmi and Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Sanjoy Roy
Sunshine Lanes by Prasoon Joshi [Book Launch by Tarun Tejpal]
|'An Evening With Sharmila Tagore'|
Sharmila Tagore in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir
By Manav Singhi