It’s a new year! And what better way to start it than meeting all the writers who have made you laugh, cry and happy throughout the year in person!
The Jaipur Literature Festival, said to be largest FREE literature festival in the world, brings together the big & small, old & new names of the literature world under one roof. Every year, it attracts a large audience of literature lovers across the globe to the beautiful pink city and acts as a cultural catalyst for an open exchange of ideas & thoughts. This year, the festival will be held on Jan 21 – 25 2015 at grand Diggi Palace Hotel and is said to have a lot of special treats in store for the audience.
Here are a few things that you definitely should not miss:
Indian literature Stars: Meet the heart throbs of Indian literature like Chetan Bhagat, VS Naipual, Amish Tripathi, Javed Akhtar, Neel Mukherjee (Booker Prize nominee).You can interact , listen to and spend some time with the stalwarts of 21st century Indian writing at close quarters – the ones who brought reading in vogue again as they mesmerize you with their creativity.
Celebrity Watch: A large number of Indian celebrities like Javed Akhtar and his better half Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Gulzar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra are regular visitors at the Literature fest every year. Keep that autograph book & camera ready for some memorable sessions with them.
Food and shopping:for keeping you totally entertained, there is an array of stalls selling delicious food with local specialties as well as delicacies from the different parts of world. There are also a chain of shops with traditional handicrafts & handlooms that sell local souvenirs that will be a great way for making happy memories from the trip.
The musical part of the Jaipur Literature Festival is also a grand and sought after event by itself. In the evening, after the sessions are over, musicians and performers take over the stage for some amazing performances to light up your evenings. This year’s performances are an extravaganza of storytelling, Indian and Sufi music and rock with, musicians from all over south Asia that will enthrall the listeners and transport them to a world of fantasy and rhythm. Some performances to watch out for this year are musicals from Midival Punditz, from Indian electronica, Rizwan Muazzam Qawals from yore at Pakistan and famous Indian violinist Sharat Chandra Srivastava and the unique initiative Rasa Duende , a music & dance collaboration between immensely talented Indian and Spanish artists. This event will take place at Clarks Amer Hotel lawns (15 minute drive from Diggi Palace).
Vedic Walks, a heritage tourism company in Jaipur, provides 50% discount to festival visitors for their famed walks around the rich surroundings of Jaipur. You can take a round of the city with their guides, reveling in its surreal architecture, deep rooted culture and rich traditional heritage & art that is visible at every curve and turn.
Business changers: The Jaipur literature festival 2015 is not just going to be about the world books and writing, but also about pragmatic minds discussing the world of corporates & economic policies. The Infosys scion Narayan Murty will be at the Festival with his son Rohan Murty, inaugurating Murty Classical Library of India and speaking at various sessions. They will be also accompanied by Harvard University’s South Asia director, Tarun Khanna, & co-founder at business incubator, Axilor and the chief of the revamped Planning commission Arvind Panagariya and many others.
So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, Pack your bags and rush away to Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 for a scrumplicious feast for your eyes, mind , heart and soul.