The Jaipur Literature Festival was started in the year 2006 in Jaipur, the Pink City. It is considered to be India’s biggest literary festival. The directors of this festival are Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, both are well known writers. The festival is produced by Sanjoy Roy from Teamwork Productions.
The venue for the festival is in the grounds of the Diggi Palace. The entry is free for all. In the year 2011, prominent writers including Prasoon Joshi, Orhan Pamuk, Gulzar etc had graced the Festival with their presence. There were a total of 226 writers.
The directors of this Festival have been quoted saying this festival to be the “Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing, drawing writers and readers from across India and the wider world: from the Americas, Europe, Africa and across the breadth of South Asia, the brightest, most brilliant, funny, moving and remarkable all come to Jaipur in January.”
The special attraction of this event is that it bridges the gap between writers worldwide. The festival features 22 scheduled languages as well as 122 regional languages and four classical languages. The classical languages include Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil. The genre of discussion ranges from books based on Sufi and religious thoughts to military journalism.
The Jaipur Literature Festival 2012 is supposed to be a five day long event. The programme is scheduled from January 20th to January 25th, 2012. The programme will begin daily at 10:00 am in the morning to 7:30pm in the evening. The daily discussions would be followed by a musical event from 7:30pm to 10:00 pm. The entry for the musical event is not free and ticket needs to purchased for the attending the event. The musical event would be a special attraction as each day would witness a different genre of music being performed on the stage. The music would range from authentic Rajasthani classical and folk music to MTv Coke Studio India. There will also be poetry recitals by eminent artists and the display of musical instrument talents.
The main attraction of this year’s event is that a lot of debatable topics shall be discussed. The current happenings of the world would be taken in to consideration like that of the chaos that is happening between the Arabs and the Israel. The prospect contemporary writers in this new world where there is constant oppression and military Understanding the “Afropolitans”, an all new set of writers tracing their lineage in Africa.
There are hoards of sponsors for the upcoming 2012 event. Companies like Tata Steel, Bank of America, Sula, British Council etc. Media Partners include Times of India, Google, Hindustan Times, Youtube etc. The eminent speakers to attend the programme include an A-Z long list of writers worldwide. Some of the speakers include Chetan Bhagat, Chiki Sarkar, Deepti Naval, Fatima Bhutto, Javed Akhtar, Jason Burke, James Shapiro, Kapil Sibal, Nirupama Dutt, and Salman Rushdie.
The venue has been divided into five parts. They include the Darbar Hall, Biathak, Mughal Tent, Front Lawns and Samwad. By dividing the main venue in to various sub parts, various events can take place at the same time. The time is short and a lot has to be covered within that specific time. This also gives the audience the freedom of choice. They can chose between the various sub venues and attend the discussions accordingly. There is also a prospect for workshop this time. It will begin from the 18th of January, 2012. The theme this time is based on “Democracy Dialogues” for the young adults. This event has a fixed venue, Samwad.
Registrations going on in the official site. So hurry up and register to experience an all new global literary experience.