Jaipur Literature Festival is a grand literary festive event which is organised every year in Jaipur city, Rajasthan since the year 2006, and The Diggi Palace Hotel acts as the official venue of the festival. This literary festival of India pays tribute to the mastery achieved in the fields of international, Indian and Rajasthani creative writings. The venue is particularly the Hall of Audience, which is present in the gardens of the Diggi Palace. Sanjoy Roy of Teamwork Productions is the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the directors of this festival are the renowned writers named William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale. Tina Brown says about Jaipur Literature Festival "The Greatest Literary Show on Earth!" This literary event had been established as an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, spearheaded by Faith Singh, as a portion of the Jaipur Heritage International Festival in the year 2006. However, from 2008 onwards, the Jaipur Literature Festival has been an independent festival whose advisor is Vinod Joshi, the director of this festival.
A vast quantity of authors, book lovers and publishers pay a visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, which includes reputed writers like Shobhaa De, Hari Kunzru, Salman Rushdie, Shashi Deshpande, Kiran Desai, Suketu Mehta, Miranda Seymour, Uday Prakash, Christopher Hampton, Paul Zacharia, Donna Tartt, Indra Sinha, Sunil Gangopadhyay and several others. All such brilliant literary personalities have attended the Jaipur Literature Festival at various points of time and have acted as the chief guests or eminent speakers at the conglomeration. Tina Brown, Daniyal Mueenudin, Musharraf Ali Farooqui, Christophe Jafferlot, Alka Saraogi, Simon Schama, Udayan Vajpayi, Sonia Faleiro, Rana Dasgupta were some of the other famous people who had attended this festival. Paban Das Paul, Nitin Sawney and DJ Cheb-i-Sabbah were responsible for the music for the festive event.
Jaipur Literature Festival has witnessed the presence of well-known personalities which comprised Javed Akhtar, Niall Ferguson, Hemant Shesh, Geoff Dyer, Prasoon Joshi, Orhan Pamuk, Gulzar, Oprah Winfrey, Amitava Kumar, Ruchir Joshi, Jeet Thayil, etc.
The five-day Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) will begin from January 17, 2014. There one will see discussions on a range of topics, including the Second World War, the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, history, religion and the art of short stories. Among the prominent authors will attend this year are Nobel laureate Amartya Sen' Mary Beard, an Order of the British Empire (OBE) awardee and teacher of classics at Cambridge University' and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.
(Last Updated on : 08-01-2014)