The “Kumbh” of literature will be back with its brand of infectious energy on its twelfth year at its home in the historic Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur.
Its customary grand beginning on 24th of January 2019. The five-day event promises to bring together renowned writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sportspeople, and entertainers from across the world to engage in meaningful debate and dialogue.
During the Festival days, attendees have a frenetic schedule of being spoilt for choice between insightful sessions, and a surrounding and thronging carnival encapsulating a book store, food stalls, a teeming bazaar, artists at work, and multiple parties hosted on the Festival’s fringes.
Here are seven things to look forward to at the upcoming edition.
The Jaipur Music Stage
The Jaipur Music Stage, which runs in the evenings from Jan 24-Jan 27 parallel to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, is your passport to go on an intense discovery of a world of music in the course of four exciting days. Performing artistes include Indian Ocean, L. Subramaniam, DubFX, Jasbir Jassi, Kutle Khan, and the Nooran Sisters, amongst others.
The Festival Bazaar
Every year, a part of the Festival is transformed into a heaving, pulsating bazaar where artisans, craftsmen, and designers and entrepreneurs display and sell a vast array of hard-to-resist wares: embroidered shawls, exquisite minakari jewelry, funky stationery, edgy gifts, chic couture, spiffy footwear, exciting home decor.
Each year the Festival celebrates Jaipur’s built and cultural heritage in a series of breathtaking events supported by Rajasthan Tourism. This year these will be at the Jawahar Kala Kendra on January 25th will be a vibrant showcase of ‘Clothing as Identity’ and on January 26th in An Evening of Performance and Music at the Amber Fort.
Book-signing Sessions and Launches
If you are literary groupie and will do anything to stalk your favorite author and queue up at dawn to buy his/her latest release as soon as it hits the stores, the Festival has special book-signing kiosks at all venues.
The Delegate Experience
While the Festival is open to all, a special experience can be sought through curated Delegated Packages which give an opportunity for a close-up view of the Festival. As a Festival Delegate, you can access a well-stocked and luxurious Delegate Lounge to take a break, sip chai, bite into a samosa and recharge your phone; attend exclusive Delegate-only sessions at a dedicated venue, meet interesting people from around the world at the Delegate-only lunches, be invited to a swish Delegate Cocktail, get access to the spectacular Jaipur Music Stage and get invited to attend the magnificent Heritage Evenings These Delegate Packages range from ₹6,000 per day to ₹23,000 for five days.
A Culinary Treat
The five days of festivities at the Festival also offer a chance to indulge in a delectable culinary affair. A large number of food stalls spring up at the Festival Hub serving a variety of cuisines and beverages ranging from paranthas, sandwiches, and pizzas to even rajma-chawal and the Diggi family’s special palak-patta chaat and khullad–chai.
Art at JLF
There’s plenty of art going around at the Festival. Marc Quinn will feature in a session After Bloodhead, live public art demonstration by Abhishek Singh, one by Jaipur based artist Sandip Gomay Also on display will be tribal “Warli” art presented by the Ojas Art Award, featuring works of the 2019 edition’s Master Artist Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, and Protégé Artists Tushar Vayeda and Mayur Vayeda.
So here are the complete list of Seven things which you are not to be missed in Jaipur Literature Festival 2019..