The Jaipur Literature Festival is a crown that the Indians adorn proudly. And why not indeed! The most prestigious literary festival in the Indian sub-continent, the much awaited annual event proves to be a crowd magnet each time.
Drawing writers from across the country and the world, it creates an intellectual atmosphere, where artists congregate, and share that one thing which unites humanity- love for the arts.
The festival which started from January 17 and will continue till 21st of January this year in Jaipur. Hotel. Jam packed with debates, discussions, workshops and other activities, this year too, Jaipur promises to open its doors to the world, welcoming them with the promise of a very unique extravaganza. With a wide range of subjects starting from religion, myth, politics, culture, music, arts and so much more, the festival will definitely transform each one of the visitors with its sheer grandeur.
Considering the convenience of the working folk, the festival is organised around a weekend, including the Republic Day holiday. This could be that perfect weekend getaway, where one would be both intellectually and physically refreshed.
To put it colloquially, there’s a lot of people coming. The panels include an extraordinary number of intellectuals and academic achievers. Popular figures include William Dalrymple, and Namita Gokhale, who are the directors of the Festival. Gulazar, Javed Akhtar, Amjad Ali Khan and Prasoon Joshi will light up the atmosphere with their music. Other speakers include Gurcharan Das, Harsh Mander, Kiran Bedi, Nandan Nilekani, Nirupama Dutt, Pablo Bartholomew, Vikas Swarup, Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Shashi Tharoor, and Shobha De to name a very few.
The Music scene is foreseen to be mind blowing! With special performances including Rajasthani folk music, rap, Pakistani rock, Sufi, Qawwali, Progressive alternate rock etc. the assortment sure will be magnificent.
Workshops will include the Being Human Workshop being conducted by the Tehelka Foundation, which will basically be about Building Bridges- amongst people, amongst cultures and amongst societies in general.
While at Jaipur, you could make the most of it by also visiting the many forts this city is famous for. Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Birla Temple, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar etc are some of the main attractions. Chowki Dhaani is a good place to visit too.
Bazaars in Jaipur are a colourful experience in themselves. Open to bargains, you could splurge on precious jewels, joothis and other objects of ornamentation. You could shop for colourful handicrafts and gifts at Bunkar and Rajasthali. Clothes and textiles are sold at Nayika, Textorium, Jauhari Bazaar and other shops along Civil Lines, Prithviraj Road and Sardar Patel Marg.
Staying in Jaipur is a fairly simple task. As it receives tourists almost all round the year, Jaipur is a city with accommodation available in all budget ranges. However, the festival organisers offer special rates for those who register for the event.
For those who are up to start the year with an exciting experience right in its first month, Jaipur will be an important platform. The crowd pulling event is expected to be better than ever. So come be a part of this Kumbhmela, where Indian and international writers and artists partake in what will be a celebration of cultures.