Jaipur Literature Festival starts tomorrow in hybrid mode
Kolkata: Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 is set to start from tomorrow. While the March 5-9 itinerary includes events that will take place in a hybrid format, the March 10-14 events will take place on the ground at Clarks Amer in Rajasthan’s ‘pink city’. This annual event is not just a literary spectacle, but a unique occasion that brings together authors, thinkers, artists, playwrights, academics, journalists and even politicians on one platform for a free exchange of thoughts and ideas.
The past decade has seen this annual event grow into a global literary phenomenon having hosted over 2,000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the world.
Known as the “world’s greatest literary spectacle”, the 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 showcases an array of eminent speakers, with more than 400 speakers and performers representing approximately 15 Indian languages and 20 international languages and more than 20 nationalities. Winners of major literary prizes such as Nobel, Booker, Pulitzer, Sahitya Akademi, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, JCB Prize for Literature will attend the festival and share their views with the audience.
The festival will begin with keynote speeches from festival co-directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, festival producer Sanjoy K. Roy of Teamwork Arts.
“Authors from around the world”
Gokhale said, “We are thrilled to return in a hybrid format, on the ground and digitally, for an immersive and experiential celebration of heart, mind and intellect. Some of the greatest and most current writers and thinkers will join us, including Nobel Laureates Abdulrazak Gurnah, Daniel Kahneman, Giorgio Parisi and Abhijeet Vinayak Banerjee. We have award-winning authors from around the world, as well as intriguing new voices waiting to be heard, in a program that reflects India’s rich diversity and the splendors of world literature.
Renowned author Dalrymple, commenting on the challenges facing this year’s festival, said: “The pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone, but literary festivals have faced existential challenges to their survival. We are now back and excited to bring our beloved festival back to the hallowed ground of Jaipur.
Journey through pioneering studies
The festival will feature some of the world’s most famous thinkers and writers. 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah will speak with British publishing legend Alexandra Pringle during a session on a life in writing. Stellar Italian physicist who received the 2021 Nobel in Physics, the phenomenal work of Giorgio Parisi, In a Flight of Starlings: The Wonders of Complex Systems, is a journey through pioneering studies of particles, state transformations and “spin glasses”. In a conversation with Yale scholar and professor Priyamvada Natarajan, Parisi will discuss his outstanding research and book.
In another session, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman will join New York Times best-selling author and university professor Olivier Sibony and legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein to explain how and why humans are so sensitive to noise in judgment and what we can do about it. In another session, Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee will talk about the connections of food and memory, friendship and community, across cultures and continents.
The Festival will also feature a conversation with Booker Prize-winning writer Anuradha Roy about her evocative work. Roy’s recent novel, The Earth Weaveris a dazzling exploration of the fragility of peace.
“Pursuing the free flow of knowledge and information”
“Jaipur Literature Festival was built on the philosophy of inclusiveness, providing space for all kinds of thoughts and ideas. As the world continues to face uncertainties, beset by war and reeling from a pandemic, we at Teamwork Arts are determined to pursue the free flow of knowledge and information,” Roy said. , Managing Director of Teamwork Arts.