Jaipur Literature Festival 2020: Offers, Date, Venue & More

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By Mohd Yusuf - Content Specialist Jan 23 2020 Share this blog

Jaipur has been a city that wears ethnicity and literature over its sleeve all the time. The capital city of Rajasthan has its own background of history and art connected over the generations that have always attracted a great number of tourists and art lovers from across the globe. With the Jaipur Literature Festival coming into the picture, the city hosts one of the most prominent literary festivals of the world while inviting speakers from different walks of life to share insights on literature. The 2020 edition of the much-awaited festival marks the 14th anniversary of the event starting from the 23rd of January with literature fever swelling up until the 27th of January. The festival enjoys the reputation of being one of the most coveted events across the country being held at the classic Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

About Jaipur Literature Festival 2020

When is the Jaipur Literature Festival?

The Jaipur Literature festival starts on the 23rd of January with excitement and artistic landscape surging until the 27th of January.

Where is the Jaipur Literature Festival?

The Jaipur Literature Festival will be held at the Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.

Where to find passes for the Jaipur Literature Festival?

All the aspiring visitors and literature enthusiasts can easily find the tickets to the Jaipur Literature Festival on the main website along with ticket booking websites like BookMyShow.

What are the main attractions at the Jaipur Literature Festival?

The Jaipur Literature Festival shall have major attractions like sessions and discussions by eminent personalities of the literature field with a focussed theme and speaker contributing with ideas and inspirations for every literature lover. The festival will also have musical events along with book readings and discussions followed by question and answer sessions directed towards the speakers. A prominent attraction for the visitors would be the stalls set up around the venue with ethnic food and handicrafts being sold for all the visitors.

Top Recommended Sessions at the Jaipur Literature Festival

The Jaipur Literature Festival finds anchor in the form of sessions being held during the event to voice out opinions and to start a discussion on a relevant ongoing concern which needs to be enunciated for the entire generation. We have carefully looked into the upcoming sessions of the festival to give a glance at what the visitors should add to their to-do list.

In the Extremis: The Life and Death of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

The session follows the discussion on the book on the writer and journalist known for covering the conflict in Syria told by one of the author’s closest friends. The session is scheduled to be held on the opening day of the festival on the 23rd of January. 

There’s Gunpowder in the Air

Scheduled to take place on the opening day of the festival on the 23rd of January the session will be held by Manoranjan Byapari about the investigation into what depravation and isolation can do to a man.

How to judge a book?

The session scheduled to be held on the 24th of January from 11.15 to 12.15 am at Baithak will be one of a kind as KR Meera, Pradip Kishen and Parvati Sharma the three judges of past year’s JCB prize for literature discuss what goes into reading dozens of books and choosing one and also giving insights into Indian contemporary fiction.

Poetry Durbar

No poetry would be enough to satiate the hunger of poetry lovers as the Poetry Durbar session scheduled on the 24th of January would have names like Arvind Krishna Mahrotra, Jeet Thayil, Anamika, Annie Zaidi, Easterine Kire and Stephen Sexton giving in to the poetic insights of the participants.

Of the People, By the People: The Indian Constitution

Marking the 70th year of republic India the Jaipur Literature Festival is scheduled to have a discussion on the origins of the Constitution of India along with the democratic ethos. With article 370 undergoing abrogation followed by the citizenship law, the situation sets the stage for a mainstream debate with speakers like Navin Chawla, Madhav Khosla, and politician Margaret Alva participating in the discussion.  The session is scheduled to be held on the 25th of January from 11.15 am to 12.15 pm.

Kashmir: Of Barbed Wires and Almond Blossom

As the writer/poet Asiya Zahoor writes about Kashmir and living under the militarized conditions with absolute communication clampdown in the area she is joined on the panel by Manoj Joshi and Amitabh Mattoo to talk about the situation and the scenario where even the political leaders of the region were detained. The session is scheduled on the 26th of January when India celebrates the 70th year of being a republic country.

Vivekanand, Savarkar, and Patel: Echoes from the Past

The session scheduled on the 27th of January will have Vikram Sampath discussing the intellectual foundation of Hindutva ideology behind the political leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Sengupta would take forward the discussion on Sardar Vallabhai Patel a major flag bearer in the fight for independence along with Paranjape speaking on Swami Vivekananda who paved way for modernist Hindu ideals.

top speakers at JLF 2020

Key Speakers to follow at the festival

The Jaipur literature festival shall have 550 speakers in a total of which 120 are award winners. The festival would act as a great platform to follow the ideas and propositions of some of the greatest personalities. Check out the list of speakers invited for the biggest literature event of the country.

Abhijeet Banerjee

The 2020 Economics Nobel Laureate will be a part of the festival to be held in January and will also be a part of a major session “Poor Economics: Fighting Global Poverty”.

Stephen Greenblatt

The author of the book ‘The Tyrant Shakespeare will join the coveted list of speakers participating in the 14th edition of the festival this year.

Christina Lamb

The British journalist and author of books like Farewell Kabul would convey her ideas to the listeners and visitors of the festival.

Shashi Tharoor

The politician and writer of books like “Why I am A Hindu” is a part of the list of people in the speaker’s list expected to communicate ideas and knowledge to all his listeners.

Javed Akhtar

Lyricist, poet, and screenwriter of mainstream Hindi movies shall reprise the audiences with his words in the festival by communicating his diligent words. 

The list has many other great personalities to name Forrest Gander the Pulitzer prize for poetry winner and Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson along with eminent Hindi writer Ashok Vajpeyi.

Quick tips for the JLF 2020

We have some special tips for your visit to the festival to have a flawless experience.

  1. Carry the books of your favorite authors visiting the festival to get them signed or you can simply buy new books at available stalls from the festival itself and get those copies signed.

  2. Carry  a bag with yourself so that you can stock up on all your favorite books you find in the festival.

  3. Wear shoes that are friendly while walking and help you while walking around the venue to explore as much as possible.

The list has many other great personalities to name Forrest Gander the Pulitzer prize for poetry winner and Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson along with eminent Hindi writer Ashok Vajpeyi.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2019: A Review

The Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 was as extravagant as the years before it. The best of authors and personalities had gathered around in the Diggi Palace hotel yet again for some of the best sessions and discussions on varied topics. The Mecca of all literature loves was as crowded as every year with soaring enthusiasm to share with 60 thousand visitors from 24 countries along with 224 speakers to contribute their ideologies ruled by 140 session and 20 concerts staged by more than 100 musicians.

For any literature lover, The Jaipur Literature Festival is a chance to immerse in the juices of art and listen to creative mind with a flood of ideas storming in during the 5 day long event while exploring the ethnicity and culture of the city. Book your passes now and experience the best of literature from around the world centralized at one point.

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