Jaipur Literature Festival 2020Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple presented the Mumbai preview of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2020 in December 2019. The festival is to be held from 23rd January to 27th January 2020.
Jaipur Literature Festival - Registration and Entry FeeThe entry to this festival is free if you have pre-registered your seat, but you have to pay around INR 300 for on the spot registration. For that, all you need to do is to log on to the official website of the festival and get yourself registered. After registration, you will get an email or a message that you will have to show at the registration desk at the entrance.
For entry into the musical night, separate passes are available that you need to get from the website. Remember, the tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
As part of the preview session, Namita Gokhale discussed how Jaipur Literature Festival’s International editions served as a national platform for a wide range of writers – from grassroots talent to strong and popular writers.
According to Gokhale, JLF’s international editions allowed JLF to “feel the throbbing pulse of the literary imagination around our planet and to share them across continents and cultures”. She also added in humour that, “it may be said that the sun never sets on the Jaipur Literature Festival anymore”.
Stats & FactsThe hosts addressed that nearly 80% of the audience is below 30 years, which composes of over four to five thousand people. According to William, Jaipur Literature Festival is “as large as Glastonbury and Woodstock combined”, and that the event's scale is unlike any other.
He also said that the JLF platform provides the opportunity to witness some of the biggest winners of international and national awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, Noble Prize and Sahitya Akademi. “Whether you’re a rickshaw driver or the CEO of a major company, you can just walk in and have your life enhanced by this extraordinary phenomenon", he added.
About JLF - History of the World’s Largest Free Literary FestivalStarting in 2006 with only a limited number of authors including Namita Gokhale, Shobha de, William Dalrymple and 15 others, JLF was attended by only 100 participants. Over the years, the literary extravaganza grew in significance and fame with many prestigious names from various fields participating in the festival adding to its huge success.
However, this journey is not without difficulties. In 2012, The Jaipur Literature Festival entered in controversy when Salman Rushdie cancelled his all India tour over threats of assassination with the release of Satanic Verses among the others that have created problems for the festival. Yet, the festival stood in its glory and entered a new path in 2015 with organising the fest in Colorado, USA, and Southbank, London.
In the present times, this once small festival has spread its wings into many different locations and made its mark as “The world’s largest free literary festival” as The Mail calls it.
Happenings At JLF 2020
- Sanskrit as a living language
- Sonali Bendre’s Book Club
- Rajasthani folklorist Vijayan Detha
- Beethoven’s music and variations to mark his 250th birth anniversary
- The Japanese concept of Ikigai
- Darjeeling Express run by Chef Asma Khan’s all-women kitchen
- Munshi Premchand’s “Premchand ke phate joote”
- The Kathasaritsagara
- Future and paradoxes of artificial intelligence and creativity
- Climate emergency
- The rage of the rivers which are devastating urban landscapes
- A special session focusing on Northeast Indian women writers
- Global Poetry
Who Else Will Be ThereNamita Gokhale also confirmed that JLF 2020 will host sessions from renowned personalities like Anand Giridharadas and Shobha De on urban life, Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee, Makarand Sathe on Marathi Theatre, journalist Ravish Kumar and Madhur Jaffrey. Other personalities include Javed Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi and Vishal Bhardwaj.
William Dalrymple said that there would be sessions on climate change, pollution and environment that would be conducted by David Wallace–Wells; author of “The Uninhabitable Earth” and Martin Goodman and James Thornton; authors of “Client Earth”.
Further, researchers Stephen Greenblatt and Peter Frankopan, memoirists Suketu Mehta, Peter Hessler and Laura Cumming, journalists Christina Lamb, Katherine Eban and Dexter Filkins, biographers Jung Chang and Benjamin Moser are also expected to conduct sessions at Jaipur Literature Festival 2020.
Sessions on Fiction literature works include those by Leila Slimani, Avni Doshi, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Lancaster and Howard Jacobson. A show on Samuel Beckett by Lisa Dwan, performances by renowned poets and other sessions on technology and art are also planned to be organised during the Jaipur Literature Festival this year.
With so many interesting sessions planned by some of the renowned personalities from the world of literature, art and technology, what are your plans to visit Jaipur around the Literature Festival dates? Don’t forget to share your experiences of attending JLF in the comments below!