Jaipur Literature Festival Information

Jaipur Literature Festival Information

Jaipur hosts a number of literary giants every year in January amid giving farewell to winter. The atmosphere fills with the air of creativity in the beautiful ambience of majestic Diggi House. Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind. Originally it was an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, an NGO that works with Rajasthan’s musicians and craftspeople to preserve skills and promote economic livelihoods while protecting heritage.

Literature buffs enjoys this opportunity to meet renowned national and international authors and listen as well as interact with them. The Creative Directors are – William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale and the festival is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy and Teamwork Productions. Since its inception Diggi Palace has been hosting the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

Jaipur Literature Festival Date & Location:

Date: 24 – 28 January, 2019
Venue: Diggi House, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

The plethora of authors from India and abroad and literature enthusiast is seen. The festival provides a platform for new ideas, new thoughts and new perspective to see and understand the worldly issues. Literature is a powerful medium that can build and strengthen our social infrastructure.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival provide an opportunity to bring together world-class writers and artists from across continents, cultures, forms and genres. Approx 150 authors from every corner of the world attend the festival in a healthy mixture of east with west.The biggest plus point of the festival is that it is accessible to all at no cost.

Thousands of people including High Commissioners and Ambassadors and Cultural heads of International missions, delegates from Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi attends the sessions and workshops held during the festival. Publishers, students, University professors also attend festival to quench their thirst of literature. Usually the crowd is composed of 30% international guests, 30% from the metro cities and 40% from Jaipur itself.

History of Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival is an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation founded by Faith Singh and was started as a segment of the Jaipur Heritage International Festival since 2006. The festival was developed into an independent festival of literature in 2008. Vinod Joshi is its regional advisor.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia’s leading literature event besides being a host to national and international writers also encompasses activities including film, music and theatre.

The festival will enter into its eleventh year in 2018. Till date the festival has hosted some of the best-known national and international writers including John Berendt, Kiran Desai, Christopher Hampton, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Nadeem Aslam, Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Simon Schama, Thomas Keneally, Anoushka Shankar, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia among many others.

The Jaipur Literature Festival is held annually in the pink city of Jaipur. The Diggi Palace Hotel is the venue of the festival since last five years. It is recognized as “the grandest literary Festival in Asia” by Miranda Seymour. It is held each year in Jaipur, Rajasthan during the month of January, usually in Durbar Hall, Baithak and Mughal Tent.

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

The Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF) has registered as a non-profit trust in 2002. It has evolved its programmes in association with various local and citizen groups and partners. UNESCO quotes JVF as a platform for common man to showcase his creativity. It is promoted by Jaipur Heritage Trust in U.K. and Les Amis de Jaipur in France. HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, UK is the international patron of JVF.

Jaipur Virasat Foundation works with and for traditional artistes in Rajasthan. It has opened up holistic, culture-based and cross-sector approach to livelihood generation through its various activities, events, advocacy forums and networks to preserve cultural diversity.

JVF focus on the settlement of rural people who have traditional values, arts, crafts and knowledge and struggle for life security and dignity in urban areas.

Creativity and skills are used to cultivate new opportunities for livelihood. It uses knowledge and values of the people virasat to promote social harmony, tolerance and understanding among the people of Rajasthan. It envisages a new and unique Rajasthan where progress and virasat complement each other.

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