One of the key events in India’s literary calendar, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018Â (#ZEEJLF) will open tomorrow and continue its legacy as a diverse and equitable platform for literary and artistic expression across languages, religions, countries, politics and genres.
The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival programme boasts of a range of speakers from far corners of India and the world, and will continue to be a platform for social, moral, and economic debate that changed the cultural landscape of our country.
This year the Festival presents marquee names including, celebrated American novelistÂ Amy Tan, award-winning playwright & screenwriter SirÂ Tom Stoppard,Â Booker-winnerÂ Michael Ondaatje, Paramita Satpathy Tripathyan influential voice in Odia fiction-writing recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, acclaimedÂ travel writerÂ Pico Iyer,Â Padma Bhushan awardee writer and art historianÂ B. N. Goswamy, former President of AfghanistanÂ Hamid Karzai, Nobel Laureate ProfessorÂ Muhammad Yunus, internet sensation and performance poetÂ Rupi Kaur, cult young adult writerÂ Anthony Horowitz, Sahitya Akademi awardee Hindi writerÂ Mridula Garg,Â GruffaloÂ creator and the enticing childrenâ€™s authorÂ Julia Donaldson,Â Manoranjan ByapariÂ the acclaimed Dalit writer from Bengal,Â Suki Kim, the first undercover journalist in North Korea, Pulitzer-awardee ofÂ SpotlightÂ fameÂ Michael Rezendes,Â acclaimed Kannada novelist and playwrightÂ Vivek Shanbhag, Bollywood personalitiesÂ Anurag Kashyap, Sharmila TagoreÂ andÂ Soha Ali Khan, Padma Vibhushan awardee danseuseÂ Sonal Mansingh,Â Bridget Jones creatorÂ Helen Fielding,Â tablaÂ wizardÂ Zakir Hussain, Sahitya Akademi awardeeÂ Kiran Nagarkar, popular writersÂ Ashwin Sanghi,Â Amish,Â Chetan Bhagat, and businessperson & anthropologistÂ Sudha MurthyÂ and several others.
There is much to look forward to at Jaipur BookMark (JBM), the business segment of the Festival, providing the much-needed B2B support and infrastructure to the global publishing industry converged at the Festival. JBM will be held at JBM Haveli in Diggi Palace and has a host of sessions, roundtables and masterclasses.
StartingÂ tomorrowÂ the city will be overtaken by a deluge of cultural and heritage events spilling beyond the four walls of Diggi Palace with overÂ 400 events in 10 venues,including theÂ Music Stage at Clarks Amer,Â and two specialÂ heritage sessions at Amer Fort and Hawa MahalÂ respectively, supported by Rajasthan Tourism.
The Festivalâ€™s carefully curated sessions offer a wide array of themes encompassingÂ poetryÂ including sessions like Hasso, Hasso, Phir Hasso, milk and honey, Nude: The Poet Within and more, gender studiesÂ withÂ The Feminine Gaze: Women Writing Memoir, Inferior: How Science Got Women WrongÂ and likewise, children’s writing, crime writing, environment, the vast canvas of Indian languages, journalism and media includingÂ Sansad: Inside Parliament, Rajasthan: Badalte Mahaul Mein Media, Across Barbed Wires, and Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions, Bollywood,Â severalÂ Rajasthan focus sessions, business and economy, Asia/China/Southeast Asia, history, sociology, Shakespeare, religion and identity, sportÂ and many more.
This year the Festival is working with 51 different corporate partners, education institutions, government departments, trusts and foundations who support the event and celebrate the core values of democracy and equality it stands for.
This year the Festival has booked 4,000+ hotel nights to host over 500+ speakers and over 178 musicians, who will participate in 205 sessions, 19 concerts of infectious music played morning and night. The Festival, produced by Teamwork Arts, has an essential team of 375 volunteers and crew of 300 who make the event run smoothly.
Namita Gokhale, author and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, â€˜Itâ€™s lovely to be backstage at Jaipur watching the Festival come alive before my eyes. Seeing the faces of eager young volunteers reminds me of the tremendous youth energy that is harnessed and also unleashed at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Literature is an infectious form of magic, and shared stories and narratives reinforce our human bonds and understanding, and we welcome one and all at the Festival to join in this magical Celebration of the wordâ€
William Dalrymple, author and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, â€œWe have gathered talent from across the globeâ€”from Afghanistan to Patagonia and Tasmania to Turkeyâ€”to present writers of genius as diverse as the great literary critic Homi K. Bhabha, travel writer Redmond Oâ€™Hanlon, terror expert Peter Bergen and the theoretical particle physicist Lisa Randall. We import some of the world’s most admired playwrights and novelists, including Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje and Amy Tan. We delve deeply into areas of world literature we have so far failed to explore, notably the novelists and poets of Scandinavia, Syria and West Africa while returning to examine eternal classics such as the works of Conrad, Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf.â€
Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, producer of the Festival, said, â€œThe city of Jaipur comes alive in January with the sounds of music, of words and ideas, discussions and debates. Where else can you listen to the best minds from across the world, take in the beauty and heritage of the magnificent Amber fort, dine out amongst the stars and meet up with old friends!!â€