Jaipur Literature Festival, the most important literature festival of India, held in the Pink City of Jaipur has completed its 10th edition. Born from a simple reading on the sidelines of the festival of tourism and the arts, Jaipur Virasat in 2004, the Jaipur Literature was officially opened in 2006 by authors William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale, with about forty guests and a hundred participants in its first edition under colorful tents in princely courts.
Today the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is a prestigious meeting point for India and the world, one of the most anticipated events in the literary and cultural heritage. Last year was attended by 240 speakers followed by over two hundred participants. This year's festival will be between January 21 to 25 with interactions planned in six meeting places.
The festival is open to everyone where you need to register online to participate but it's free with a river of ideas, words, music and interactive workshops in which to bathe and refresh your mind to design new adventures, build new dreams or fill the canteens of securities books and authors with whom quench their thirst during the year.
Among the authors most anticipated this year are Amish Tripathi, Amit Chaudhuri, and many others. The Zee Jaipur Festival 2015 will take you for a walk between the story, the disappearance of Pompeii Hotel Taj after Mumbai terrorist attack of 2008 and will reveal to you in a new way the mysteries of science and technology, discuss feminism and women's rights in a land that seems to become more and more violent, as also you will discover unexpected literary views and there interaction in the evening with live music and shows.
The JLF is the most famous festival of literature in the Asia Pacific, is an event that brings together international and Indian writers who present their thoughts and ideas about the Indian culture in relation to their work and the global political context. And after already 9 years, we could count on the participation of over two hundred writers from all over the world and an audience of sixty thousand people from every social category actors, directors, designers, economists, travelers, politicians, students, bloggers, as well as curious onlookers who meet in the gardens of Diggi Palace old haveli built in 1860 and now converted into a hotel to listen and to talk and is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy and Sheuli Sethi and Teamwork Productions.
In addition to the discussions and debates at the Diggi House, continuing late into the night world music and dance performances, poetry of the Sufi tradition and Bhakti songs of Rajasthan and DJ programmes, it is a literary salon but with a hint of Dionysian revelry. The Festival has boasted in the past names like Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk and JM Coetzee, David Hare, Michael Palin, Bill Bryson Noam Chomsky and Fatima Bhutto along with new revelations.
In addition to serving as a cultural glue between the different ethnic groups of the Indian people, the festival is an opportunity to disseminate the literary production in the various regional languages and works as an incentive to reading about a much more important when you consider that the national literacy, despite having making great strides in the last ten years. The initiative to free admission, as well as the literature that also celebrates today the theater, cinema, music and gastronomy, recalls the most important exponents of Indian culture, many of whom live abroad, so as to be already defined the greatest literary show on earth.
Indian literature is read as enjoying a feast of tantalizing food and refined taste. The characters, the plot, the descriptions, the political intrigue, culture and history leads readers on a fantastic journey to exotic moments that you will not want to return.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is a great place to start if you want to immerse yourself in a rich history of politics that involves the lives of the characters that will keep you in suspense.
If food is your weakness, then you can not help but try Climbing the Mango Tree international chef Madhur Jaffrey and be transported through a childhood filled with Indian family life and accompanied by the best family recipes.
For those looking for an Anglo-Saxon point of view, steeped in long histories of travelers recommend "Delhi: A year among the mysteries of India" by William Dalrymple for a deep and fascinating journey through Delhi, its history, its architecture and its inhabitants.
But India is not only about her past and "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga (winner of the Booker Prize) is a contemporary story of two Indie rich characters and stories that reach the heart of Indian society.
The list of superb Indian literature is endless with Jhumpa Lahiri (Pulitzer Prize winner for literature), along with "Taj" of Timeri N. Murari described as an exotic passionate romance, sensual, at times violent, compelling by The Guardian.
If reading good literature is your thing, Indian literature will make you spellbound. But if reading only is not enough, then visit the Jaipur Literature Festival that takes place every year in January. It is the place where the most important names in Indian literature and world gather for four days to discuss, analyze and entertain on the literary scene.
The Jaipur Literature Festival is recognized as one of the most innovative and prestigious cultural events in Asia. The Literature Festival every year promises surprises, joys, intrigue and rhythm with live performances by internationally renowned musicians, all done in conical fantastic Diggi Palace in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The informal atmosphere and festive facilitates encounters with writers and thinkers of international renowned stature.
Books and authors are immersed in a culture that makes the show more fun and approachable. There is meetings with other viewers, perhaps are born new friends and new ideas come to continue the journey of exploration of Rajasthan and India, who knows maybe following the maps drawn by the authors of the books that you have spoken during the festival.
With the exponential growth of the success of the festival has lost the intimate atmosphere of the first editions and broke the carnivalesque celebration of books that keeps the spirit alive and informal democratic event.