The biggest avant-garde literary fest, the ‘Jaipur Literature Festival’ (JLF) 2016 is ready once again to bring under one roof some of the greatest writers, novelists, celebrity speakers, Man Booker award winners, Nobel Laureates, local language writers, debut novelists, book-lovers, journalists, socialites, the literati, glitterati and chatterati, from all over the world, to sketch one of the grandest carnivals that the literary world eagerly looks up-to. Every January, Pink City, Jaipur transforms into one boiling pot of cultural cracklers with the beautiful Diggi Palace witnessing five days of unabated discussions, readings and debates. The 9th season of JLF, sponsored by ZEE, is a sure-shot cultural catalyst, exposing audiences to interactive workshops and live music sessions.
Quick Facts on JLF 2016
When: 21st to 25th January, 2016
Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur
How to Register:
General Audience Fee: Free
Delegate Entry Fee:
Pre-Festival Registration (2nd Nov to 20th Jan, 2015):
Rs.3,500 per person/day
Rs.14,000 per person/5days
Rs.4,000 per person/day
Rs.15,000 per person/5 days
Only delegates will have access to lunch (Diggi Palace), dinner and music concerts (Hotel Clarks, Amer), special gifts and hotel accommodations (on surcharge).
What to Look-out For?
Be prepared to be smitten by some great faces and voices you will get to see and hear in this fest. While 2015 witnessed some prolific entries, the upcoming season is expected to be wooed by sure-shot head-turners viz Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood, legendary American photographer Steve McCurry, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, Indian author Ruskin Bond, French economist Thomas Piketty and India’s most renowned psycho-analyst Sudhir Kakar, among 165 others.
While speakers will mainly command on global issues related to migration and navigating change, Homi Bhabha from the Mahindra Humanities Centre will offer his expertise on the theme of privacy in the present-day world.
JLF is not all-serious. It is surely going to entertain you with its impressive line-up of cultural events and musical performances as well. William Dalrymple, director of the festival has confirmed the presence of Fatoumata Diawara, the famous Malian musician, to rock the stage.
While listening to the talks, satiate your taste buds with amazing Jaipur kachoris, samosas and Pushkari chai, served in the front lawns.
You could be the next ZEE JLF Blogger or Photo Blogger
Yes, it’s true!
After the grand success of their first edition, ZEE is back with the second round. This time it’s bigger. You stand a chance to be a published blogger on the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival blog page and related magazines if your creative writing in the form of poetry, story, book review or author analysis is selected by the jury. 10 of the best entrants will be offered bursaries to be a part of their blogging team, travel to Jaipur and blog directly from the festival. Exciting, isn’t it?
You can show-off your passion for photography as well by clicking some amazing pics on themes like Pink or Purple, In the Shadows or Perfectly Timed Moments. A maximum of 9 entries (three for each theme) can be sent. The best entries will be featured on their official Facebook page and website. Two lucky winners will win bursaries to attend and cover the entire festival.
Where to Stay?
While you could choose the venue as your lodging option itself (read about delegate entry at the beginning of blog), other tourists might want to stay closer to Diggi. Some options are – Umaid Bhawan (~5.1km), Dera Rawatsar (~3.6km) or Shahpura House (~4.7km), all located in Bani Park. Reaching the venue would be easy via Ashok Marg or MI Road.
Here is your golden chance to see at close-quarters, people you have been admiring for years. The icing on the cake, you get to explore the beautiful city of Jaipur.
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