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5 Not-To-Be Missed Writers At ZEE JLF 2018

Tis’ the season of the year when the greatest literary show on earth will step once again in the city of Jaipur and bring the best of the literature laureate under one roof. Jaipur Literature Festival also known as the “kumbh of literature” showcases a range of voices from India and abroad. A wide mélange of about 250 speakers from 35 different countries will talk and it will be difficult to choose which session you would like to attend. No worries, we, Jaipur Beat have compiled a list of speakers who will make it worth your while.

  1. Rupi Kaur

She is a poet, she is an artist and yes she is a performer. You must be wondering how one can be jack of all trades and yet manage to be the king rather queen of all. Gaining fame in such a short span of time Rupi Kaur the poet of the verses in “Milk and Honey” which by the way she self-published while studying at the University of Waterloo and she has become an international phenomenon since. A strong advocate of feminism, domestic violence, loss and healing, her talk will revolve around these topics and it will surely be an eye-opener for many.

When: 25th January

Where: Front Lawn

What time: 5:15p.m.-6:15p.m.

  1. Anuja Chauhan

With over seventeen years of experience in the field of advertising, Anuja Chauhan an advertiser turned author has mesmerized the world with her five best selling rom-com novels. Writing beautiful campaigns for colas, chocolates, and chips, three out of her five novels have been procured by Bollywood Studios and one was adopted into a daily soap on the ZEE Network. She will talk about her most recent piece of work “Baaz: India’s most fearless”, gear up for the most riveting session.

When: 29th January

Where: Baithak

What time: 2:30p.m.-3:30p.m.

  1. Era Tak

A prominent artist having her roots from the city of Jaipur, Era Tak has now taken a step forward in the field of literature. Already taken part in about 8 art exhibitions individually and in groups, this will be her first time in JLF. Short story collection Raat Paheli, novel Risk@Ishq and book of poetry titled Mere Priye, Anchua Khwaab are some of her prominent writings and she will be seen sharing her thoughts on poetry. You will surely love it.

When: 29th January

Where: Durbar Hall

What time: 4:15p.m.-5:15p.m.

  1. Sujatha Gidla

Born and dealt with untouchability throughout her life, Sujatha Gidla has tremendously grown and moved on from that phase of life. In her first book, Ants Among Elephants, she talks about her family and her life entangled between her caste and identity and won many hearts all over the world. She might as well win more hearts over and create a ripple effect with her thoughts at JLF.

When: 29th January

Where: Front Lawn

What time: 10a.m-11p.m.

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  1. Gurmehar Kaur

Gurmehar Kaur is that rare creature who cannot just be claimed to be a writer and an activist. She is brave and kind and curious about the nation’s happening, ready to stand by her thoughts, you name it she has it. She is a student activist, martyr’s daughter, online campaigner, peace protester and yet so much more. The author of Small Acts of Freedom, she narrates the story of three strong single women of her own family. Attend her session as she shares her experiences of life and beyond.

When: 26th January

Where: Front Lawn

What time: 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.

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7 Truths You Must Know About Jaipur Literature Festival Before It Begins

Here’s the beginning of a new year and Jaipur is set to invite thousands of enthusiasts from all around the globe to tag along the lines of literature. It is the season of Jaipur Literature Festival!

The most awaited, five-day fest woos people from all walks of life to emerge in the most intellectual set up of the city. The air is charged with skills & ideas and colours exude the scene to merge in with the pink of Jaipur.

But let’s call a spade a spade here, not all the flock that gears up for the festival belongs to the house of literati. There are boatful of people who don’t even bother attending sessions and while we’re at it, not every speaker or writer has knowledge enough to claim to fame.

Here’s the truth about JLF:

1.     Rule of the jungle

If you’re not in a typical Kurta, with a not-so-necessary Jhola, a Bindi, which you probably stole from your mother’s collection or those tiring, heavy jhumkis, are you even into literature at all?

What’s more important than being on time for the session is being on point with your attire. Heavy ornaments, thick fake accents and fusion of traditional with contemporary fashion have become the code for JLF.

2.     A selfie sees no time and place

You will easily find people standing in the middle of the way while you’re getting late for the session, clicking selfies oblivious of all the “may I pass?” that come along during the extremely important photo shoot. There’s always a person who will stop anywhere for a perfect selfie.


3.     Save me a seat….oops! too late

It is impossible to find a seat for that one session you decided to attend the minute the schedule was out. Unless you come hours before and attend the sessions before it, just to save that seat, a nice place to sit is unattainable.

4.     Photographers & Bloggers’ paradise

JLF has so many genres that the presence of your favourite one is a definite. Be it fashion, food, decoration, people, art, music and obviously, literature, photographers bloggers will find endless topics to fill their blogs with the most trending stuff out there.

5.     Chance to spot your role model

JLF is a house full of eminent people. It has celebrities for its speakers and guests. There’s a chance that you could catch a glimpse of your role model but there’s also a possibility that that is all their bodyguards will let you see of him/her.

6.     Secretly, we all know it’s ridiculously overpriced

The stalls sell everything at such high prices that all you can do is window shop and pretend that you’ll buy it later. But when you’re starving, unfortunately, you’ll have to pay 250 for a 50 rupee Vada Pav.

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Even after all this, it is the excitement to be a part of the fest that makes everything justifiable. So, this razzle dazzle starts making sense and the wacky getup becomes a new trend and makes people fonder of the festival. It doesn’t matter then to indulge into literature with the likes of those who actually have the understanding of it but indulge equally into the extraordinary ambience that the place gushes.

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From Scrap To Art, This Indo-French Artistic Collaboration Is The Best Thing To Look Forward To At Jaipur Literature Festival


It was the festive season again. They both knew they now would need to leave their beloved sack and get to the job. They began with the simplest things – digging the closets, cleaning drawers and finally reaching the basement to see if there was anything they don’t use any more. Midst browsing through the long forgotten things, they stumbled upon something and then some more. Things which were clearly outmoded & forgotten, they brushed off the dust and found the most expensive of them, the one they had never wanted to let go – The Lost Time.

In celebration of 11 years of JLF (Jaipur Literature Festival) and inspired by one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, the French novelist, critic, and essayist – Marcel Proust and his most prominent work ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ – In Search of Lost Time, two self taught Jaipur artists – Ritu & Surya Singh in collaboration with a French artist – Nicolas Henry decided to create installations & experiences from scrap and discards by putting up an eccentric Indo – French collaboration – Theater of Stories at the Roots Hall near Poolside at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur.

 

From left to right – Nicolas Henry, Timmie Kumar, Ritu Singh, Surya Singh

“‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes’, these silver words by Marcel Proust inspired us to rise over our own perspective and constitute a space that narrates the recollections & experiences of childhood of all those who belong to this generation”, said Jaipur based Ritu Singh while explaining to us the vision of her art extravaganza.

An assortment of archaic treasures like old clock-boxes, smell of dried flowers, the lost sheen of antique telephones, fading sound of wooden bangle boxes, scraps of memorandums, old televisions, doll houses  & photographs come together to create a dim-lit world of involuntary memories which happens to be a manifestation of thoughts that peeped inside the heads of these geniuses.




Once you step out of the nostalgia, you enter a whimsical world of Nicolas Henry – a French writer, photographer & artist who has taken his photographs from various parts of Morocco, India, Istanbul, Cambodia and dressed them with his stupendous style of Art Nouveau.


‘This art does not have a name. It is something which is mine and very close to my heart, it narrates my love for travel, varied cultures, different kinds of people and story telling. This, for me, is like meditation’
~ Nicolas Henry, The French Artist displaying his work at Theatre of Stories in Clarks Amer. 

In celebration of 11 years of JLF, the exhibition brings together a set of people who believe in characters, find inspiration from the plots and are driven by the narratives. The display has various segments from Supershaktimaan- which is a photographic series by Nicolas Henry who walks you through an adventurous fairy-tale narrative which has a hero, heroine & a villain. The hero sets on a venture to save the world which is full of colors, festivals, magnificent architecture, camels, elephants, urban & rural lives, old palaces, dizzy dips in step wells, exotic ruins and heaps of trash all created with things like cotton, papers, discarded fabrics which contains a lot of Rajasthan’s essence like the silver & golden borders of Gotapatti, remains of red bandhani, photographs of streets, Hawamahal and the like. The collaborative art of Surya, Ritu & Nicolas is an eerie melange of the elements of Symbolism, Primitivism, and Expressionism.

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The space hosts a number of pop-ups of brands from across the country, and each has in it a soupçon of reincarnation. Whether it’s the traditional block prints of Brigitte Singh, Ecru -a lifestyle store of Kuwait and a design house from Surat with their varied range or the unique sets of furniture by Baro, they all feel and smell of a waning art that is pleading to be saved.


The show is included under the umbrella of art@ZEEJLF.

P.S. The Exhibition continues till February 28, 2018

Time: 11.00 am to 5 pm daily (Sunday closed)
Venue: Roots Hall by the Poolside, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur 

Supported by Art at ZEE JLF
You can visit from the 4th of January until the 28 of February.

 

 

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7 Events In And Around Jaipur That Will Rock Your New Year

“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book , let us write it well !”

New year brings brand new opportunities and opens new doors for a fresh start. New day brings more cheer and happiness along with a lot of fun new events to attend in the city of Jaipur. All the events are ready you just need to grab your bags and make the new year hip and happening ! 🙂

  • Lifestyle Exhibitions   

Brand new fashion with fresh collection is awaiting your arrival ! This year brings tremendous in-vogue fashion that can give you a complete makeover. Jhalak Exhibition brings the trendiest fashion apparel right from traditional to western and accessories to go along with. One of the most prestigious wedding shopping experience is going to be offered by Shimmer Wedding and Gift Expo. For all your home needs under one roof, Dahleez Exhibition is coming to Pink City. Girls out there this is a perfect chance to get the trendiest in town !

 

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  •   Rang Rajasthan

Get the perfect look and feel of the Rajasthani art and culture at Rang Rajasthan where Rajasthani plays, celebrity talk shows and folk performances in collaboration with national and international acclaimed directors and mentors will be given a platform to showcase their talent. Experience it in this seven day festival.

Date: 6th-12th January

Venue: JKK

Time: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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  • TOSS Photography Project

For all the photographers and potential photographers, here is an opportunity for you to learn the technicals of photography along with the creative aspects of it from the first-hand experience of Preeth Singh, the Nat-Geo photographer. Just grab your cameras and get going !

Date: 9th-19th January

Venue: The Open Space Society, Adarsh Nagar

Time: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

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  • International Kite Festival

International kite festival celebrated as Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is the most colourful festival of the year where kites are flown high and the sky gets filled with mesmerizing sights. Sweets like gajak, til ke laddu and feeni are usually eaten on this auspicious day.

Date: 14th January

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  • Ranthambore Festival

Dwell under the stars where soulful folk and music performances, naked-eye astronomy, forest experiences and breath-taking wildlife stories are awaiting your presence. Book your tickets now.

Date: 19th-21st January

Venue: Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore

Time: 6 a.m. onwards

  • Rajasthan International Film Festival

Selection of best feature films, documentaries and short films from all around the globe along with gala events, seminar and workshops will be showcased in this four day extravaganza. All the movie buffs, mark your calendars now !

Date: 20th-23rd January

Venue: Inox Crystal Palm

Time: 3 p.m. onwards

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  • Jaipur Literature Festival

The Greatest Literary Show on Earth is back with a bigger and grander level this season. Celebrated speakers and writers from all over the world will be gracing the event with their esteemed presence. Jaipur Literature Festival is for one and all, don’t miss it !

Date: 25th-29th January

Venue: Diggi Palace

Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Here is wishing you a very Happy New Year ! 🙂