The 16th Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF), scheduled to be announced on 19 February, will feature sessions in 21 Indian and 14 international languages across five venues where audiences can expect a wide range of perspectives and discussions. .Report by Gluvinder Kaul
Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2023 is scheduled to open on 19th Januaryth As usual, we finish with 23rd The long awaited 16 of Januaryth Dubbed “the greatest literary show on the planet,” the edition of Fest kicked off in spectacular fashion with a soothing set of morning music by award-winning Carnatic vocalist Sushma Soma, followed by the founders and the festival’s Opening remarks by Co-Director Namita Gokare will follow. & William Dalrymple with festival producer Sanjoy K. Roy.
The keynote address will be given by Abdul Razak Gulnar, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. It brings together his 350 speakers related to literature, music, art and film from around the world. This diverse range of speakers includes winners of major awards such as the Nobel and Booker Prizes, Sahitya Akademi, climate justice, women’s writing, crime fiction, memoirs, translations, poetry, economics, and more. , covering a variety of themes.
With sessions in 21 Indian and 14 international languages across 5 venues, the festival expects a wide range of perspectives and discussions from the audience.
Namita Gokhale, Founder and Co-Director of Jaipur Literature Festival, said: Not only do we have some of the world’s greatest authors, but we also have new and urgent voices. It is a beacon of hope and faith in our fragile world. “
“We are proud to introduce you to nearly all of this year’s most awarded authors. It’s a free gathering of great literary minds, like a global ultra-university opening its doors to everyone. Who wants to be there for five full days,” adds Dalrymple. .
Main sessions of JLF 2023
Some of the key sessions include ‘The Essential Abdulrazak Gurnah’ where Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah meets British publishing legend Alexandra Pringle. Gurna fled Zanzibar in his teens after the 1964 revolution. His latest film, Afterlives, explores the lives of the German colonial forces and the Tanganyikan people in East Africa.
Other sessions include ‘Seven Moons of Mari Almeida’ where Shehan Karnatilaka converses with Nandini Nair. In Cultivating Democracy, Shashi Tarur converses with Tripledaman Singh.
Vivek Debroy, a scholar and translator who has made difficult-to-access Sanskrit texts available to readers in English, speaks with festival co-director Namita Gokhale about the wisdom and learning contained in prana. Talk about the complex layers of .
Three experts in agricultural research, Maryam Aslany, Surinder S. Jodhka and Mukulika Banerjee, delve into the causes and consequences of the current situation and the issue of farmer suicide.
In a session titled “Understanding the India-China Border: The Enduring Threat of War in the High Himalayas,” journalist and author Manoj Joshi traces the LAC situation and its implications. Secretary of State Vijay Gokhale, former Ambassador to China, Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and former Foreign Minister Shyam Saran discuss the growing tensions in the unresolved LAC and what it means for the region.
Writer and oral historian Anchal Malhotra talks with Kavita Puri, author of ‘Partition Voices’, about how the partition is not yet a thing of the past, and how its legacy will affect the daily lives of the next generation. Make it clear if it’s included.
In the next issue, we look forward to bringing you the diverse flavors that make this festival unique and popular!