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Impressive second installment of speakers in spectacular Jaipur Hybrid Literature Festival

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Updated: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 9:53 AM [IST]

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The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) is set to go hybrid in 2022. The literary extravaganza will be streamed online from March 5-14 and held on the ground from March 10-14.

Impressive second installment of speakers in spectacular Jaipur Hybrid Literature Festival

Offers an immersive literature experience

With a plethora of themes and writers selected especially for audiences around the world, the event will see the participation of over 350 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons. Offering an immersive experience of literature, speeches, musical performances, art installations, merchandise, local cuisine and more.

The event, of which Oneindia is a media partner and Daily Hunt is an online streaming partner, brings people from diverse backgrounds together in one platform to engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

It will become a stage for the exchange of ideas and will feature a session that will explore the narratives and counter-narratives of the electoral process and democratic systems.

Navin B Chawla, former Chief Electoral Commissioner of India and author of Every Vote Counts; Bharatiya Janta Party National Spokesperson and Makers of Modern Dalit History author Guru Prakash Paswan; The eminent jurist and retired Supreme Court Justice of India, Justice Madan B Lokur, is part of the esteemed panel which will discuss the political and electoral process, the paradoxes of democracy, its triumphs and its discontents with academic and author Mukulika Banerjee.

the Jaipur Literature Festival sets up literary conversations and dialogue in a cultural context promoting India’s traditional heritage, including curated art installations, cultural evenings and Jaipur’s music scene, which runs alongside the Festival.

List of speakers

The first list of 15 speakers includes author of the latest Women Who Wear Only Themselves Arundhathi Subramaniam; Delhi-based Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Writer and Director of Vascular Catheterization Laboratory at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr Ambarish Satwik; eminent art critic, art historian BN Goswamy; senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies, former Portuguese politician and author Bruno Maçães; bioarchaeologist and field archaeologist specializing in the Viking Age, Viking Women and Rapa Nui Dr. Cat Jarman; Winner of the Booker Prize 2021 for his novel The Promise Damon Galgut; Australian author and winner of the 2003 Booker Prize for his first novel Vernon God Little DBC Pierre; Farrukh Dhondy, Indian-born British writer, playwright and screenwriter.

Impressive second installment of speakers in spectacular Jaipur Hybrid Literature Festival

The list continues with Jonathan Franzen, National Book Award-winning author and 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist; author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Miniaturist and Kalkatta and a collection of stories titled The Japanese Wife Kunal Basu; scholar and author of Cultivating Democracy: Politics and Citizenship in Agrarian India Mukulika Banerjee; member of parliament and author Dr Shashi Tharoor; fledgling novelist of the latest Equations Shivani Sibal; historian and author of three acclaimed books, Sixteen Stormy Days, Imperial Sovereignty and Local Politics and the latest Nehru: The Debates that Defined India Tripurdaman Singh; historian and author of four acclaimed books, his latest being Savarkar: A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966 Vikram Sampath.

Dynamic list of speakers

The second list of 25 speakers includes Indian poet, LGBTQ rights activist and author of Like Blood on the Bitten Tongue: Delhi Poems and How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross Akhil Katyal; British biographer, literary agent and author of several books – including those on the lives of writer John Buchan, spy Guy Burgess and Edward VIII – Andrew Lownie; Mumbai-based writer and journalist Anindita Ghose; British archaeologist and author (co-authored with the late anthropologist David Graeber) of the New York Times bestseller The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity David Wengrow; award-winning British-Turkish novelist and Turkey’s most-read female author Elif Shafak; Rajya Sabha MP, former Union Minister and author of several well-known books Jairam Ramesh; Recipient of Sahitya Akademi award, renowned poet, writer, critic, playwright and editor who has written extensively in English and Malayalam K. Satchidanandan; Kei Miller, Jamaican poet, writer and essayist nominated for the PEN Open Book Award.

To make the roster more dynamic, the stellar lineup includes famed Bangladeshi journalist Mahfuz Anam; critically acclaimed historian and author of the latest edition of False Allies: India’s Maharajahs in the Age of Ravi Varma Manu S. Pillai; American scholar and author of the award-winning books Edge of Empire, Liberty’s Exiles and The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World Maya Jasanoff; British book writer Brick Lane, shortlisted for the Booker Prize – Monica Ali; actor, child rights activist and author of six children’s books, translated into more than 15 languages ​​around the world, Nandana Dev Sen; Forbes Co-Chair Marshall, engineer, businessman, and author of The Struggles and the Promises Naushad D. Forbes; feminist, editor and editor of the recent ZOHRA! A biography in four acts Ritu Menon; author of international bestselling and award-winning books Underland, The Old Ways, Landmarks and The Lost Words: A Spell Book (with writer Jackie Morris) – Robert Macfarlane.

Giving it a diverse flavor, the list of speakers includes acclaimed Hollywood actor, director, and writer Rupert Everett; award-winning British poet, author of 12 books of poetry, two books on wildlife and two novels Ruth Padel; Indian novelist, critic and scholar Saikat Majumdar; Sri Lankan writer of Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew who won the Commonwealth Prize, DSC Prize, Gratiaen Prize and was voted the second greatest cricket book of all time – Shehan Karunatilaka; award-winning Indian actress, TV personality and author Sonali Bendre; Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, award-winning author Tanuj Solanki; author of a series of books which include The Body Orned, Discourse in Early Buddhist Art and Yogini Cult and Temples and India: A Story Through 100 Objects Padma Bhushan Vidya Dehejia; senior Indian journalist and National Vinod Kapri Award-winning filmmaker.

Rs 200 for the entrance ticket

Interestingly, first-time attendees have to pay Rs 200 per ticket to attend the festival on the ground. The event was originally scheduled to be held between January 28 and February 1 and was postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases.

For registration and more information, visit Jaipur Literature Festival Website

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