23-27 January, 2020
About Jaipur Literature Festival 2020
The Jaipur Literature Festival is sometimes referred to as the greatest literary show on this planet, which is not far from the truth. Inviting the exclusives of the literary landscape, this literary summit takes place in the last quarter of January each year. From Nobel laureates to literature enthusiasts, and everyone in between, all flock to Jaipur's Diggi Palace to be a part of this literature fiesta. Commencing from 23-27 January 2020, the Jaipur Literature Festival will continue its tradition of five days of conversations, culture, and community building with some of the greatest minds. This event has given a new definition to cultural intermingling within India and across the world. It brings together some of the greatest bibliophiles, thinkers, writers, journalists, historians, novelists, poets and musicians and hordes of visitors from across the world. The carnival is attended by nearly 100,000 audiences and guests each year. The country’s biggest and most popular celebration of literature ensures you have a marvelous time in Jaipur.
History of Jaipur Literature Festival
Started in 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival or JLF was incepted by an NGO, the Jaipur Virasat Foundation. This NGO works for protecting the heritage with Rajasthan’s musicians and craftspeople. They focus on preserving the skills and promoting their economic livelihoods. Now, the Fest is managed and handled Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, and Sanjoy K Roy. Due to its exceptional popularity, the Jaipur Lit Fest has been extended beyond the borders of the country and also did the rounds in Belfast Toronto and London in 2019. The roaster hosted notable figures such as Shashi Tharoor, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Devyani Saltzman in the line-up of speakers.
What Happens at the Jaipur Literature Festival?
Often described as the Kumbh Mela of literature, JLF has gained immense popularity in recent years, thanks to a host of celebrity speakers such as Oprah Winfrey, Nobel laureates such as Orhan Pamuk and Man Booker award winners like Ian McEwan. A celebration of both national and global literature, this Fest engages participants from Nobel laureates to local writers and from Man Booker Prize winners to debutant novelists into a range of interesting readings, talks, debates, live music sessions, workshops, and author interactions, spanning genres like fiction, history, travel, and cinema.
Being one of its kind and the only large scale lit Fest in the country, it is a haven for literary enthusiasts representing diversities. No place could be more apt for the Fest than the Pink City, with a historically and culturally rich heritage. Every year, thousands flock here to be a part of this vibrant space and foster thoughtful debate and dialogue.
Main Events at Jaipur literature Festival
Two main events run parallel to the Jaipur Literature Fest that are Jaipur Bookmark and Jaipur Music Stage. Jaipur BookMark, initiated in 2014 is a platform for publishing professionals from India and around the world. It provides an opportunity for publishers, literary agents, translation agencies, and writers to meet and discuss business deals. While the Jaipur Music Stage held at Hotel Clarks Amer, features scintillating performances every evening after literature sessions. Globally-renowned performers like Aabha Hanjura-popular folk fusion artist, Parvaaz- contemporary Indian music band, Gavin James-singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ricky Kej-Grammy Award winner, Shubha Mudgal-Veteran Hindustani classical vocalist, Transglobal Undergroundare are announced as the lineup for the 2020 edition of Jaipur Music Stage.
The lineup of speakers at Jaipur Literature Festival 2020
The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2020 has announced its first list of 25 speakers out of the nearly 250 figures who will be attending the literary extravaganza at the Diggi Palace Hotel.
The first slot of the line-up includes the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt, Howard Jacobson, recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his work The Finkler Question, Renowned author Suketu Mehta and well-known film director and composer Vishal Bhardwaj. Anand Neelakantan - author, columnist and screenwriter, Asma Khan - the first British chef to feature on Netflix's famed show - Chef's Table, writer Chitra Mudgal - the first woman to be the recipient of the Vyas Samman for her acclaimed novel- Avaan, and Frank Dikötter - the 2011 winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction are also among the speakers scheduled to attend the 2020 edition of the JLF. The line-up also includes KR Meera, the winner of the Kendra and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards for her novel, Aaraachaar; and Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Award-winning journalist Raj Kamal Jha, Anosh Irani, Ben Judah, Brian Aivars Catlos, Hallie Rubenhold, Jung Chang and Keki N Daruwalla are among others.
The second lot of speakers includes Pulitzer winner Dexter Filkins, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame, and culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey, Anand Gopal, Anuradha Bhagwati, and Asne Seierstad - the award-winning writers, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra - a noted Indian poet, Bruno Macaes - the former minister of European Affairs in Portugal.
Among others in the list are Toole - author of seven books, including the bestselling A Traitor’s Kiss, Delhi-born author Keshava Guha - writes on politics, literature, and sports for a host of publications, novelist and activist Leila Slimani - winner of the prestigious French literature award, Prix Goncourt for her second novel - Chanson douce. poet Lemn Sissay - who has read on stage throughout the world from the Library of Congress in the United States to the University of Addis Ababa.
Sessions by columnists like Neelum Saran Gour and Parvati Sharma, Peter Frankopan - who was named one of the World’s 50 Top Thinkers by Prospect Magazine, Paul Muldoon - a former BBC radio and television producer and winner of thePulitzer Prize for Poetry (2003 ), National Book Award finalist - Peter Hessler and Magsaysay, Award-winning journalist - Ravish Kumar.
The novelist Roshan Ali, author of Ib’s Endless Search for Satisfaction which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the 2019 JCB Prize for Literature, Indian academician Shekhar Pathak - recipient of the Padma Shri, UK poet laureate - Simon Armitage and Mughal historian - Supriya Gandhi are a few more names revealed in the second lot of lineup.
Entry Tickets for Jaipur Literature Festival
Though the general entry is free to all sessions at the festival, registration for the festival is compulsory. General Entry allows you to attend the literary sessions. If you're willing to meet and socialize with authors and other important people, you'll need an entry as a Delegate. Delegate Entry allows full entry to the festival, including privatesessions, music events, access to Lounge with unlimited lunch, dinner, and cocktail.
To be a delegate, the cost is 6,300 rupees per day and up to 23,800 rupees for five days. You can also buy separate tickets for the music events if you don't want to be a delegate. This will cost you between around 500 rupees. You can register either on the festival's website or at the venue.
Become a Delegate
Why the Jaipur Literature Festival is a must visit?
The Fest is not just about political, religious and literary discussions, there’s much more you can expect. Here are five reasons why the Jaipur Lit Fest is a must-visit.
1. Submerge yourself in the world of great literary works and writersJLF is inspirational. The Fest is a popular escape for some of the greatest minds, picked from around the globe such as budding poets, writers, cartoonists, and even musicians. The talks and discussions attract huge audiences and leave them oozing with inspiration. This year promises a wide-ranging mix of speakers, such as the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Greenblatt, Howard Jacobson, recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his work The Finkler Question, Renowned author Suketu Mehta and well-known film director and composer Vishal Bhardwaj and so on. That's exactly what the literature fest is meant for.
2. Meet your favorite authorsThe amazing festival is completely free and open to all. Ardent readers can have the golden opportunity to interact with the great literary minds of our times. Nothing can compare to the happiness when a book lover gets to see his/her favorite authors and watching them engage in intellectual discussions live on diverse topics. They enthrall listeners with stories of their ventures into the literary world, their struggles, and their influences, they are available to sign books. You can also enjoy exclusive superfluous sessions at Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.
3. Immerse yourself in musical eventsEvery evening the Fest was concluded with musical performances. The carnival-like atmosphere spills over to the evenings when globally renowned poets, folk musicians, singers and indie acts from across India takes over the stage. Keep yourself captivated by the works of classical artists and get dipped in the soulful music of the soil. Some beautiful heritage events are held as a part of the festival. Grab a bite or have a drink, gear up for the music soirees and enjoy live music.
4. Indulge yourself with foodNothing can beat Jaipur when it comes to delightful hot drinks and delicious snacks. Do not miss Rajasthani cuisine Lal Maas, Kachori, Dal Batti and so many other cuisines. Enjoy mind-blowing after-session moments and discussions while having a mid-day hot snack and sipping on the famous Pushkari tea. Since most participants prefer to spend the entire day attending events at the Fest, there are restaurants, snack counters, fast food stalls and bars set up offering variety as well as quality. Enjoy mouth-watering snacks at the stalls on the green lawns at the venue. Enjoy the day as all of this will be served with supplementary Rajasthani hospitality which is just amazing.
5. Take home a Rajasthani souvenir
Jaipur is a traveler's delight when it comes to sightseeing. So alongside your elevating experience at the beautiful Diggi Palace, explore the magnificent forts, museums, and palaces nearby. Shop for some delicate handicraft work at the JLF Bazaar. The Bazaar at the event venue has a unique identity. Purchase exceptional crafts that showcase the versatility and skill of traditional artistries, combining it with a new design language. Shop for some delicate handicraft work and ethnic items like antique jewelry, traditional footwear, and fabrics.
6. Immerse yourself in musical events
The Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 organizes various contests and competitions to engage young minds and let them test their skills and creativity. You can take part in any of them and win exciting prizes at the fest. There is a Blogging Contest, Essay Writing Contest, and Quiz Contest to be a part of. You can also indulge in the Youth Outreach program where you get to meet like-minded individuals and share ideas. Enroll yourself in these contests so that don’t get left out.
Apart from this, this Fest is worth attending for its amazing decor. Rajasthani heritage with myriads of colors is something you won't resist looking at and appreciating. People also grab it as an opportunity to explore this pretty city during this Fest as not everyday one can visit Jaipur. So these reasons might be more than enough for you to be curious to attend JLF this year!
The venue of the Jaipur Literature Festival
JLF is held at the very famous and the historic Diggi Palace hotel. The hotel is located in Sangram Colony, Ashok Nagar which is just around 10 minutes walk from the Old City of Jaipur.
How to Reach
You can hire an OLA/Uber or bus to the Jaipur Literature Festival. Pink City is one of the primary tourist destinations and is easily accessible by road, rail and air and is connected from almost all major cities across India.