The Jaipur Literature Festival, famously known as ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, is all set to return for its thirteenth edition from 23rdto 27thJanuary 2020. The five-day literary extravaganza promises to bring together a line-up of exemplary speakers from India and across the world at the historic Diggi Palace.
Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas and the past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book-lovers from across India and the globe. For five days, the Pink City is infused with enthusiasm, a riot of colour and infectious energy as literature and art-enthusiasts flock to Jaipur for the Festival. During the Festival days, there are endless places to see, and things to do, some of which include insightful sessions and an exciting and buzzing carnival encapsulating a bookstore, food stalls, a bazaar along with artists at work, and multiple parties hosted on the Festival’s fringes.
Here are some reasons why you would not want to miss out on the thirteenth edition of the festival.
Listen to some of the greatest minds of the world
Jaipur Literature Festival hosts some of the world’s best literary minds and brings them together for several panel discussions and interactions. Experts from diverse fields such as literature, economy, environment, food and science take the stage for stimulating and thought-provoking conversations. Eminent speakers such as recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize Howard Jacobson, Pulitzer-winning authors Stephen Greenblatt and Dexter Filkins, celebrated culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey, acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert, and leading Indian film director Vishal Bhardwaj, are amongst the first few announced speakers at the Festival for the 2020 edition – so be there to be a part of some life-changing and inspirational sessions!
Book-signings and an opportunity to meet your favourite authors
For all those literature enthusiasts who have spent days glued to books, turning one page after another captivated by the magic of a well-written novel- the Jaipur Literature Festival offers the perfect opportunity to meet your favourite authors in person. Besides attending noteworthy sessions and witnessing book launches, the Festival also has book-signing kiosks at all venues where you can grab that rare signed copy and earn bragging rights!
Art, Culture – Memories Galore!
In addition to being a platform for conversations related to literature and books, the Festival also gives the opportunity to its visitors to experience various forms of art and music. From fascinating art installations to beautiful backdrops for the perfect Instagram shot- there is something for everyone. Dance and music performances make the Festival even livelier. For shopping enthusiasts, the annual Festival Bazaar is a must visit as several craftsmen, designers and entrepreneurs display and sell a vast array of hard-to-resist collectible items. Amongst the many things to be bought are embroidered shawls, exquisite minakari jewellery, funky stationery, edgy accessories, spiffy footwear, and exciting home décor.
For those passionate about music, the Festival begins each day with the calming strains of Morning Music. The stage will be graced by acclaimed artists such as BC Manjunath, an exponent of Konnakoland the mrindangam; sitar maestro and recipient of the President’s Award for the best instrumentalist, Purbayan Chatterjee; leading Carnatic veena-player Saraswati Rajagopalan, and Supriya Nagarajan, a renowned Carnatic vocalist and founder of ‘Manasamitra’.
The Festival will also host a power-packed Heritage Evening at an iconic and historic venue in Jaipur. Supported by Rajasthan Tourism, this majestic evening at Amer Fort will feature a mesmerising performance by Pandit Rajendra Gangani, one of the leading practitioners of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. He will pay tribute to the age-old classical dance form, along with an ensemble of Kathak dancers. Les Souffleurs or The Whisperers, an artistic group created by Olivier Comte, will enthrall audiences with a unique production where they whisper poetic secrets into each other’s ears, using a hollow cane. To end the evening on a musical note, world-renowned sitarist Shubhendra Rao will present ‘East Marries West—A Legacy’ as a celebration of his Guru, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 100th birth anniversary. He will be joined by his wife, Saskia Rao-de Haas, who is hailed as a pioneer for introducing the ‘Indian cello’ to classical Indian music.
iWrite at Jaipur BookMark
For all aspiring authors and poets with multiple drafts scribbled behind every notebook and diaries filled with words that you hope will one day be read by the world- ‘iWrite’ by Jaipur BookMark is the perfect platform. After a very successful first edition last year, iWrite is back to inspire literary aspirants. Shortlisted participants get a platform to share their work and receive constructive guidance from international publishers, literary agents, translators and other industry experts in a pitching session at Jaipur during JBM.
If you can write compelling copy and want to get close to where the action is, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 Blogging Competition is your chance to make that leap. Highlighting the Festival’s core aim to support and promote artistic expression through writing, the Blogging competition will give ten chosen writers a chance to inspire audiences through their words on the Festival’s official blog site. The winners will also be invited to the Festival and cover various sessions from the 23rd-27th of January 2020.
The Delegate Experience
While the Festival is open to all, specially-curated Delegate packages guarantee an experience to remember. Delegate-only lunches serve as an opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded literary enthusiasts and make new connections. The well-stocked Delegate Lounge provides a luxurious reprieve and priority seating on special occasions ensures a close-up view of the Festival. The Delegate package also includes an invitation to attend the beautiful Heritage Evening at Amer Fort, and a tote to take home. These Delegate Packages range from INR 6,300 per day to INR 23,800 for five days.
Weekend is nearing guys and girls! Get ready to call your friends to one of the most happening city of India, Jaipur because this weekend the PinkCity is all decked up with glamorous events. Want to know which event, simply read on.
- Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree
Are you one of those who are fond of crafts and would love to know more about the art of its creation? Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree brings to you the established and emerging artisans and craftsmen who will share their rich hands-on experience about the processes of craft creation. Not only this, Craft Stories Under The Mango Tree spreads its branches into fashion, film, market gallery, spotlight exhibition, dialogues, workshops and performances along with space making crafts. This is a one-stop destination for all the art lovers, don’t miss it for sure.
Date: 25th-28th January
Venue: Jawahar Kala Kendra
Time: 11 a.m. onwards
- Book Preview with Wine & Cheese
Hold your breath ladies and gentlemen as the Indian politician and writer himself, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is coming to town for his book preview “The Paradoxical Prime Minister” at the recently launched Trove café. A wine & cheese session with Dr. Shashi Tharoor is awaiting your arrival, so wait no more, get your tickets now !
Date: 24th January
Venue: Trove Café at Devraj Niwas
Time: 8:00 p.m. onwards
- Womenweave Pop-up
With Womenweave Pop-up the way you look at fashion, will definitely change. Witness a huge range of fabrics, sarees, stoles, dupattas, and towels which are elegantly designed and carefully hand woven that will definitely make you shop till you drop. Pick up your bags and just get going.
Date: 24th-28th January
Venue: Anokhi Basement & Jaipur Modern
Time: 11 a.m. onwards
- Locals DISTRICT performing at Club Trove
Yes, you read that right. It has just been a year that Locals DISTRICT marked their entry in techno-music events in Pink City and they are already geared up for their next season. You can watch the action go live in Club Trove much before the scheduled event in March and set the mood for the night. Just be there.
Date: 24th-25th January
Venue: Club Trove
- Heritage Evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019
Get ready to be charmed by the music, fashion, and dance performances at the two heritage evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.
- Clothing as identity at Jawahar Kala Kendra– The artisan designers all the way from Kutch will be showcasing their traditions, costumes, and culture via their designs on the ramp.
Date: 25th January
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- A majestic evening at Amber Fort– A mix of enthralling music and dance performances that will bring together art, and culture is ready to give you an unforgettable evening at Amber Fort.
Date: 26th January
Time: 7:00 p.m. onwards
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“You could be wherever you are, and still be at every other place in the world, all at once. That’s the magic of literature.”
The breeding ground for ideas and a splendid feast for bibliophiles is here again, and no Jaipurite has ever stopped obsessing over it!
Jaipur Literature Festival, our very own literature festival that has grown to be the most colossal one in the world is knocking at our door with its 12th Edition. Here’s your checklist of things to carry at JLF with you!
- Winter Trends
You’re definitely not going in summer outfits, so what could be a better occasion to show off that super trendy sweater, or a cap you bought this year? Or maybe those original merchandise hoodies, T-shirts of your favourite book series which has always felt too good to be worn? Now is the time!
- Camera and Mobile Phone
Because JLF is the place where you are going to get some amazingly good pictures to grace your social media feed for some months! Also, if you’re a hardcore bookworm, you surely have some cute phone covers to boast around!
- Notebook and a pen
With the legendary line-up of speakers at JLF 2019, we don’t even need to ask you to carry this because you know we know you know! 😉
- That ever-so-hungry instinct
When you go to JLF, do carry that hungry, foodie side of your personality along with you because there surely are some amazing food options waiting for you to roll your tongue at!
- The Map, Schedule and Registration Number
Who wants to be lost at the venue when you can totally get lost in books and discussions with the delegates! Do carry the map, schedule, and registration code for JLF 2019, so that you don’t miss the sessions you have long awaited.
- The three B’s
Do carry a handbag, or a backpack, for you are going to need it when you see books around you!
Books! Because why not? You’re going to “The” Literature Festival of the year!
And don’t forget the latest trend of boots, they look super chic with almost anything western!
What are you still waiting for? Start ticking off those essentials and buckle up!
When: 24th- 28th January 2019
Where: The Diggi Palace, Jaipur
Your quest for immaculate fashion and style will make you halt and see that Jaipur Beat has discovered the Hidden Treasures for you 😉
We often hear people talking about the diminishing art, undiscovered talent etc, but where do we find it? Jaipur Beat met with a duo that sees the legacy of the ancient as an art evolving each day. The lifestyle show called Hidden Treasures, on 23rd and 24th February, 2018, promises an exclusive show of the treasured art by the world’s celebrated designers who’ve never displayed their art in Jaipur.
The heritage property of Jaipur- Diggi Palace would now turn into a lifestyle arena filled with some exquisite treasures from across India that the city hasn’t seen before. We’re excited to explore the unique display of products ranging from clothes, shoes, bags, precious & semi – precious jewelry, lifestyle accessories & artifacts, paintings & furniture, garden accessories, eco & organic products & more!
The brains behind the ‘Hidden Treasures’, Richa Singh and Saloni Bhandari are bringing together the unsung artisans, enthusiastic startup owners and some treasured exporters from the different parts of the country.Hidden Treasures is going to be a great platform to experience and express some of the finest talents in fashion, art and exhibition.
Now, Jaipur will witness an impressive amalgamation of designers who’ll not just give a gift of new art to Jaipur but also take back the impressions of the vibrant hues of the city. With added entertainment of live band, music, food and wine, this lifestyle show is a perfect attraction for the people of Jaipur to come and shop and at the same time gives you the opportunity to make your mark in Jaipur.
Jaipur Kala Chaupal (JKC), India’s premier art festival recently announced the commencement of its artist residency at Hotel Diggi Palace in Jaipur. The residency started off on 20th October with participation from 28 foreign artists and 14 Indian artists. Leenika Jacob, chief organiser kicked off the residency by setting the context of the festival and handing over material to the artists. The theme of the art festival is “Our Body and Hands in Water”.
The 10 days residency will comprise of daily talks by artists on their work and their experiences at the residency daily. It will also comprise artists visiting the various landmarks in the city to understand their water management systems and draw inspiration. The artists will be visiting various forts, bowlies (step wells) and tankas (water tanks) in the city, to draw inspiration for their work. Also, the artists will be visiting Neerja pottery, Kagzi, a paper factory, the famous Sanganeri block printers and a carpet factory to understand the finer nuances of Indian traditional art forms.
Speaking on the occasion, Leenika Jacob, Chief Organiser, said “The central idea of the residency is Confluence, Collaboration and Conversations amongst artists and art forms of various nationalities and culture. With Diggi Palace acting as the perfect backdrop to the residency, it offers a platform to traditional Indian arts and artists to get continuity in the contemporary world. Several established and emerging artists from various countries like France, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico, USA, and Nepal will get an opportunity to interact with Indian artists and create new art forms and collaborations.”
The residency will culminate into an exposition of the art produced over the ten days, at the Jawahar Kala Kendra from November 1 to November 4, 2017.
About Jaipur Kala Chaupal
Jaipur Kala Chaupal is envisaged as a premier art festival to be held annually in Jaipur, India. It is a unique platform that is designed to integrate traditional arts of India with contemporary art forms that exist internationally. The core purpose of the festival is to align traditional arts/artists in India and give them continuity in the contemporary world. It is also designed to provide a unique opportunity to the established as well as emerging artists from various countries to explore the soul of art in India and be a catalyst for newer and original collaborative artistic expressions.
With the theme of ‘Water’, artists from all around the globe gathered at Diggi Palace on 20th Oct to participate in the Jaipur Kala Chaupal during the 10 day residency project. Jaipur would see a 3 day exposition of the art at Jawahar kala Kendra from Nov 1 – Nov 3.
The palace is basically a garden estate that opens up through a courtyard that’s surrounded by an array of ‘durbars’ (banquet halls), fresco painted ‘deodis’ (doorways), ‘havelis’ (palace wings) and lush green gardens on all sides. Following the philosophy of ‘Life is a fete’ , Diggi Palace is always coming up with something innovative, regal and fun to keep you hooked to its magnetic charm 🙂 From the largest literature festival and fashion extravaganzas to grand weddings & culinary journeys, Diggi Palace has a thousand ways to regale you.
The gate right in front of the courtyard opens to the Durbar Hall that is painted in shades of Wedgwood & Jodhpur blues along with pista-green colored walls. The archways and stained glass windows lead to a hall which houses the paintings of the royals of Jaipur. While walking around the palace, the only sounds you can hear are the people whispering to each other and birds unabashedly chit chatting in their shrill voices perhaps because it’s a post-nap chat session for them 😉
The authentic and delectable recipes of Rajasthan have been meticulously curated over the years by the Diggi family and crafted with perfection at The Baradari Mahal. The dining experience is a bliss as it tears you away from the bustling scene of the city and treats your buds with a royal taste that takes you closer to the land of Rajasthan.
With the negativity and controversies coming up as every edition of Jaipur Literature Festival starts, one thing is sure to get stuck for once as you don’t know whether it’ll happen or not. This year also started with a sad note on a controversy and you never know that 10th Jaipur Literature Festival will take place at Diggi palace or there will be a shift in the venue. If in any case the venue is changed, some things which will definitely be missed about Diggi palace are –
- Running into people we know
With people from all genres sharing a common platform, may it be an actor, minister, writer, photographer – Diggi Palace offering a small ground you may bump into someone you have never dreamt of 😉 But you never know whether the new venue will offer the same opportunity or not!
- Free Registration
Hosting to Asia’s largest literature festival, the Diggi palace gives the venue to attend the festival free of cost. Purchasing a ticket to attend the festival is not valid here and this is one of the greatest things that you see lakhs of people enjoying the festival in its true sense.
- Diggipuri Chai
The Diggi Palace is sure to have one specialty at the festival to attract more tourists to enjoy some ethnic experience, and that one thing of Diggi is its Diggipuri Chai 🙂
- Parking hassle
Even though the venue is centrally located, one major problem which everyone faces around this area is parking. Competing to park your car first is always fun, but even if there is dirt and garbage or a small space available, you’ll always try to adjust and accommodate in that small little space 😉 And after parking you feel free of this one headache that you drove down till the venue! Won’t you miss this parking competition at a new venue?
- Central Location
Centrally located in the beautiful Pink City, Diggi Palace is easily accessible from any nook and corner of Jaipur. Hotels, hospital, cafes, you name any facility, Diggi Palace is surrounded by all of them from around. Start thinking from now on as you never know whether Diggi Palace will remain the venue for the next JLF edition 🙂
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to be held between 21 and 25 January. Get yourself to Jaipur so that you don’t miss out on the big whooping JLF talks of this year, as the best of authors and thinkers will be right here for Jaipur Lit Festival, the list includes –
# India’s most beloved and prolific storyteller Ruskin Bond;
# This year’s Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James;
# India’s most celebrated psychoanalyst and author Sudhir Kakar;
# Actor and comedian-Stephen Fry,
# Hindi journalist, poet and novelist- Uday Prakash,
# Leading figure of modern Indian literature; Alka Saraogi,
# Hindi novelist and short story writer; Colm Tóibín ,
# Canadian writer; poet, novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood;
# French economist and global voice on wealth and income inequality Thomas Piketty;
# Creator of one of the landmarks of modern American literature Tales of the City Armistead Maupin;
# And activist and writer Bant Singh,
# Also, a special session on sports titled India at Play , catch up with Suresh Menon, Anil Kumble, Ronojoy Sen, Baichung Bhutia and Sidin Vadukut.
#An Unsuitable Boy– Karan Johar, film director, screenwriter, actor and television personality, reminiscing about his childhood with his biographer Poonam Saxena
The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival will come up with some International Dialogue Topics-
Migration and Partition –across political, cultural and geographical landscapes.
Navigating Modernity- societies, customs, traditions
Privacy- modern issues around privacy with Homi K. Bhabha
Meals, Music and Concerts a lot more to look during Jaipur Literature Festival 🙂
Ensure to register before the festival starts either online and on ground registration will be available at the Festival venue, Diggi Palace, from January 17th to January 20th, free of cost.