Inaugural Jaipur Literature Festival was held in the year 2006, about 18 writers including Hari Kunzru, William Dalrymple, Shobha De and Namita Gokhale, and about 100 attendees were present to witness the beginning of a revolutionary literary event celebrating literature and its architects.
Back in 2006, to event co-director William Dalrymple many out of those 100 attendees “appeared to be tourists who simply got lost.” Striding into its 10th year, Zee Jaipur Literature Festival has achieved brilliant heights. Now, the festival attracts tourists who want to explore and study various realms of art and literature.
As far as ‘getting lost’ is concerned, they find themselves in the ideas and imagination, which are the soul of Jaipur Literature Festival 2017.
‘Freedom to Dream: India at 70’ is the primary focus of the festival this year, dedicated to 70 years of Democracy of the nation. The attendees, speakers, and delegates will exchange their ideas on how they perceive ‘India at 70’. In addition to it, the global expansion of art and culture originated in Indian soil, and acceptance of various other cultures from across the globe in India will be its leitmotifs. The discussions will also cover genres of history, science, art, politics, and cinema.
This year the festival will be bestowed by the knowledge of Man Booker Prize laureates Paul Beatty (for The Sellout), Alan Hollinghurst, and Richard Flanagan.
The discussions will be headed by playwrights, novelists, critics, poets, story-tellers, artists and experts in diverse fields, from all turns of life and various continents. Get to know the speakers here.
JLF 2017 begins on January 19, 2017, and will end on January 23, 2017. The festival is round the corner now, and the registrations are open for the attendees and delegates. To register for free with the festival you can visit: https://www.twagateway.com/jlf2017/e/1/
Shillong Chamber Choir will give the festival a musical start, followed by a keynote address by Gulzar and American poet Anne Waldman. Various enlightening sessions are scheduled for the next five days, all held at various venues of JLF. They will include performances by various artists, panel discussions, debates, book launch, and exchange of culture and ideas. The festival venue will be embellished with art installations, food court, merchandise stalls and bookstore.
To increase the involvement of the attendees a General Knowledge Quiz with students from Jaipur will also be organized on January 21, 2017, to be hosted by quiz master Siddharth Basu.
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