Published On: Wed, Jan 20th, 2016

The world’s largest free literature festival ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 kicks off tomorrow

12088459_1089319024433808_3611362516188369054_nReport by Rashmi Ranjan Parida, Jaipur: The 9th edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is set to open tomorrow morning, bringing a five-day feast of authors and ideas to the Pink City.

The event, which is acknowledged as the world’s largest free literary festival is also seen as among the greatest, leading the way among its Indian off-spring with more international speakers and sessions and an atmosphere second to none, will see a galaxy of literary and musical stars come together for a vibrant celebration of words, ideas, culture and creative expression.

Each year the Festival uses literature as a catalyst for debate covering everyday issues from the personal – such as privacy and gender – to nationwide and global issues such as the environment, economics, modernity, language, migration and conflict. This year is no different. Tackling these issues head on, in tandem with a dedication to democracy and freedom of expression, ensures ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival remains an agenda setter, bringing together many perspectives and allowing a wide range of authors and speakers to be heard and to discuss.

This year the Festival will once again expand beyond the four walls of Diggi Palace with over 200 events in 10 venues, including the Music Stage at Clarks Amer, the Jaipur BookMark at Narain Niwas and two special evenings at Amber Fort and Albert Museum, JLN Marg on the 22nd and 23rd focused on bringing together built heritage and the creative arts for a dynamic cultural experience, supported by Rajasthan Tourism.

The Festival will play host to over 360 speakers and over 100 musicians, who will all be fed with 18,000 hot meals over the five days, The Festival, produced by Teamwork Arts, has an essential team of 325 volunteers and a crew of 600 who make the event run smoothly.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is only made possible by working with a range of sponsors to support the breadth of writers attending from India and abroad, to keep the Festival free to all, and to enhance the experience of the thousands of people who flock to the Festival.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is only made possible by the support of our partners helping us to bring to the breadth of writers attending from India and abroad, making the festival an accessible festival for all, and enhancing the experience of our thousand visitors who flock to the Festival.

This year the Festival is working with an array of international, national and local corporates corporate partners, education institutions, the Government, trusts and foundations. We are delighted that our partners like ZEE Entertainment, Google, Ford, Mahindra Humanities Centre, Aga Khan Foundation, Amity University, Jan Michalski, Rajasthan Tourism, Coca Cola, YPO, Glenlivet, Kingfisher, Penguin, Rambagh Palace, Starwood and IQ support us year after year.

From Airtel powering the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival bringing conversations from the Festival to the audiences across the world through fast data connectivity, to Uber providing discounted rides to
Festival audiences, Kotak Mahindra Bank making banking easy at the festival, IndiGo providing clocks to keep us running on time, and Cause Partner Dettol’s Banega Swachh India ensuring clean spaces and hygienic sanitary provisions , our sponsors support the Festival in offering visitors an unbeatable experience

Dove, Nestle, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Narayana Health, AU Financiers and Getty have come on board for the first time.

Teamwork Art’s new mobile app for the Festival gives visitors an easy way to plan, schedule, look up information and maps and stay on top of the Festival’s blog and other news. Download the app in advance, available for Apple and Android devices.

Over the next five heady days, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will welcome major prize winners including Marlon James who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his epic and visceral novel A Brief History of Seven Killings and photographer Steve McCurry who won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Photographic Reporting. Over xxx prizes from across the world are represented through the Festival’s speakers

We’ll hear of incredible inspiring and entertaining personal stories with appearances from a wide range of people from British comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry, war correspondent Christina Lamb, beloved Indian author Ruskin Bond and the Dalit activist and campaigner Bant Singh.

And there will be a strong line up of some of the world’s most beloved and prolific writers including poet, novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood; Hindi journalist, poet and novelist Uday Prakash, one of the leading figures in modern Indian literature; Colm Toibin, Ireland’s greatest living writer; India’s most celebrated psychoanalyst and author Sudhir Kakar; French economist and global voice on wealth and income inequality Thomas Piketty; and creator of one of the landmarks of modern American literature Tales of the City Armistead Maupin.

The visual arts will add to the atmosphere and the rich visual setting of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival with contributions from Orijit Sen, Ujan Dutta, Cartist, Dimpy Menon, and Ojas Art Award winners – Santosh Kumar Das and Mahalaxmi and Shantanu Das who will showcase highlight works on Mithia /Madhubani Art;

Mornings and evenings at the Festival mean time for music with soulful openings and foot tapping culminations for each day’s programme. Some of the most popular and exciting names in music join the Festival this year on the A Financiers Music Stage including Kutle Khan, Midival Punditz, Skavengers, Mrigya, Karsh Kale, Swarathma, Mukhtiyar Ali, Gaayatri Kaundinya and Amrit Kaur Lohia

Jaipur BookMark, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s publishing professionals networking hothouse also opens its two day programme tomorrow, providing the industry with a space to do business. JBM will see 63 speakers from 12 countries in 16 sessions over two days, 21st and 22nd January. Translation is the major focus and 2016 sees a new initiative, the launch of the first Teamwork Arts and Jaipur Bookmark Global Rights Translation Catalogue which showcases translations from 6 languages across India, including Hindi, Kannada, Assamese, Rajasthani, Bangla and Gujarati.
“To be able to laugh and to be merciful are the only things that make man better than the beast.” The quote by Ruskin bond accompanied by a wonderful quirky sketch on a drinking mug, T-shirts and cushion covers that celebrates both the love of books and the wonder of Jaipur, exquisite Bidri craft work, delicate crochet work on stylish bags and stoles and of course, the festival stationary, bag and many other accessories are all available at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 official merchandise store. But souvenirs off line or online at
Namita Gokhale, author and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, ” It’s that time of year again and the 2016 edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has all the range and diversity, the robust intellect and joyous spontaneity , that is associated with this extraordinary literary and cultural event ”
William Dalrymple, author and co-Director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Each year we showcase literary India to the world, and world literature to India. This year’s programme is our biggest and most exciting yet. Bring it on!”
Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, producer of the Festival, said, “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has become synonymous with the best creative minds on the planet. Each of them brings their own unique voice to the festival, adding up to a multitude of views and opinions which make the festival a banquet of ideas. For 2015, we have worked with our sponsors to offer new experiences and opportunities to our 2 lakh visitors. We are grateful to all our partners, without whom, we wouldn’t be able to stage the world’s largest free literary festival each January in Jaipur.”

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