For past few days, I have been coming across news of Jaipur Literature festival. For all lovers of literature, this was really a worth following news. Jaipur, which is a famous destination for tourists, has now played host to literature geniuses from not only India but also other parts of the world.
The festival started from 21st of this month and ended on 26th. Eminent writers who participated in this gala event include Hanif Kureishi, Shobhaa De, Niall Ferguson, Louis De Bernieres, Roberto Calasso, Amit Chaudhuri, Geoff Dyer, Vikram Chandra, Tina Brown, Claire Tomalin, Michael Frayn, Mahasweta Devi, Indira Goswami, Krishna Sobti, Krishna Baldev Vaid, Steve Coll, Stephen Frears, Pavan Varma, Lawrence Wright, Christophe Jaffrelot, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, Alexander McCall Smith, Wole Soyinka, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.
The various programs of the festival included Shabana Azmi’s readings from her mother Shaukat Kaifi’s memoir; reading of ‘Tughlaq’ by Om Puri and neglected poetry readings by Gulzar. Apart from this, conversation with noted personalities over variety of topics also took place. For example, Roberto Calasso conversed with Devdutt Patnaik and Ananya Vajpeyi over ‘Literature and God‘; Namita Bhanadare with Om Puri and Nandita Puri over ‘An Unlikely Hero’ and Tina Brown with Vir Sanghvi over Diana Chronicle
Book launches were also apart of this festival. Launched amongst them were ‘Love Jaipur’ by Fiona Caufield and ‘Outsider Films on India: 1950-1990’ by Shanay Jhaveri. Books were also launched by Tara Publishers.
Festivals, like this provide a platform to veterans of the literature and art & culture field to come together on a common podium and exchange views on various topics, apart from sharing their work. Not to forget, such festivals are hugely instrumental in arousing awareness amongst youth about the importance of literature and the need to preserve and work for its betterment in future.
Below, I am sharing few links that cover the Jaipur Literature festival 2010