- The Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 takes place from 5th – 14th March in a hybrid format with its on-ground extravaganza from 10th – 14th March at Clarks Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Jaipur Music Stage runs parallel to the Festival from 10th – 12th March at Clarks Amer featuringAnirudh Varma Collective, Kutle Khan Project, Ali Saffudin, Mooralala Marwada and many more
Hailed as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 opens tomorrow in a hybrid avatar ensuring both its on-ground magnificence as well as its nifty virtual presence. Featuring eminent speakers, the Festival will showcase a lineup of exclusively curated sessions on its virtual platform from 5th – 14th March 2022. The iconic festival will host its on-ground show from 10th – 14th March at the Clarks Amer.
The magnitude of the programming remains as astonishing as every year with over 400 speakers and performers representing around 15 Indian and 20 international languages and over 20 nationalities as well as all the major literary awards ranging from the Nobel, the Booker, the Pulitzer, the Sahitya Akademi, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the JCB Prize for Literature, etc.
The 15th edition of the Festival begins on Saturday, March 5th, with inaugural addresses by Festival Co-directors Namita Gokhale & William Dalrymple, Festival Producer Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, the producer of the iconic festival.
Namita Gokhale, author, and Festival Co-director said, “We are delighted to be returning in a hybrid format, on-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 Banerjee. We have award-winning authors from around the world, as well intriguing new voices waiting to be heard, in a programme that reflects the rich diversity of India and the splendours of world literature.”
William Dalrymple, author, and Festival Co-director said, “The pandemic has been a hard time for everyone, but literary festivals have faced existential challenges to their survival. Now we are back, and are thrilled to bring our beloved Festival back to the hallowed soil of Jaipur.”
Sanjoy K Roy, Managing director, Teamwork Arts, the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Jaipur Literature Festival was built on the philosophy of inclusivity, providing a space for all kinds of thoughts and ideas. While the world is still facing uncertainties, embroiled in war and reeling from a pandemic, we at Teamwork Arts are determined to continue the free flow of knowledge and information. With Nobel laureates, Booker winners and Sahitya Akademi recipients, this year, the Festival will create another milestone with the hybrid version and we welcome all book-lovers to join us in our endeavour.”
The Festival will feature some of the world’s most celebrated thinkers and writers on this year’s programme. The 2021 Literature Nobel recipient Abdulrazak Gurnah will be in conversation with British publishing legend Alexandra Pringle at a session on life in writing. Gurnah’s novels are striking and formidable; they refuse colonialism’s erosive histories and stereotypes. They include Paradise, shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994, By the Sea, Desertion, and his most recent, Afterlives, which examines the German colonial force in East Africa and the lives of Tanganyikans – as they work, grieve, and love – in the darkening shadow of war.
Stellar Italian physicist who received the 2021 Nobel in Physics, Giorgio Parisi’s phenomenal work, In a Flight of Starlings: The Wonders of Complex Systems, is a journey across pioneering studies on particles, state transformations, and ‘spin glasses’. In conversation with academic and Yale professor Priyamvada Natarajan, Parisi will discuss his exceptional research and book. At another session, Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman will join New York Times best-selling author and academic Professor Olivier Sibony and legal scholar Cass R Sunstein in explaining how and why humans are so susceptible to noise in judgment and what we can do about it. At another session, Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit V. Banerjee will speak movingly of the bonds of food and memory, friendship and community, across cultures and continents.
Acclaimed novelist and playwright Damon Galgut’s The Promise, sharp and meditative and winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, convey the play of power in relationships – with self, society, state – against the backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa. In conversation with the author of the prize-winning books Edge of Empire, Liberty’s Exiles, and The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, Maya Jasanoff, Galgut will discuss his writing style, process, inspirations, and the essence of his latest work. British writer Monica Ali’s debut novel, Brick Lane, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was an international phenomenon. She returns with her first new book in a decade, Love Marriage– a story about two very different families thrown together by a whirlwind engagement. It is a social comedy but also a gripping tale of the social and cultural strains of love and the institution of marriage. In conversation with writer and journalist Bee Rowlatt, Ali will discuss ‘who we are and how we love in today’s Britain’.
Chigozie Obioma, the Nigerian writer described as ‘the heir to Chinua Achebe’, is the author of The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities, which was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2019. Told from the perspective of the protagonist Chinonso’s 700-year-old ‘chi’, or spirit in the Igbo tradition, the novel speaks of the mythologies as well as the realities of love. In conversation with writer and journalist Supriya Dravid, Obioma speaks of his books, telling us why he writes, and for whom. Booker Prize-winning author DBC Pierre’s recent and riotous novel, Meanwhile in Dopamine City, defies form and the limits of literary possibility. In Dopamine City, a father grapples with a world-changing every day at mortal speed, his daughter’s request for her first smartphone, and the choice between joining this new world or escaping altogether. Pierre will discuss experimental fiction and the plea for heart and soul in robotic times.
The Festival will also feature a conversation with Booker Prize-longlisted writer Anuradha Roy on her evocative body of work. Roy's recent novel, The Earthspinner, is a searing exploration of the fragility of peace. Roy's other celebrated works include All the Lives We Never Lived, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, The Folded Earth, and Sleeping on Jupiter. In conversation with the author and co-founder of the Perera Hussein Publishing House Ameena Hussein, Roy will explore the roots of this tale of immigration, prejudice, and love and discuss the context and inspirations of her fictional world.
The Festival is made possible with the support of partners who are committed to promoting this platform and believe in the value it brings to its audiences and literature-lovers from across the world.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vikramaditya Singh Khichi, Executive Director, Bank of Baroda, said, “We are pleased to continue our longstanding association with the Jaipur Literature Festival. As a leading Indian bank with a wide international presence, Bank of Baroda’s brand ethos resonates with the Festival which celebrates the literary arts and the exchange of ideas from India and around the world.”
This year, the Festival has been ‘Protected by Dettol’ and supported by Rajasthan Tourism, LIC, Department of Women and Child Development – Government of Rajasthan. This year’s Venue Partners are the Bank of Baroda and the Jan Michalski Foundation. Etsy, Embassy of Italy in India & Istituto Italiano Di Culture, The British Council, Embassy of Ireland, United Nations, the Escorts group, and the Australian High Commission has joined hands with the Festival as Session Partners. The JCB Prize for Literature, Hawthornden Literary Retreat, Hero Future Engineering, and the US Embassy and Consulates in India will support the Festival as Series Partners. Amazon India will be the Online Sales Partner this year. Media Partners are Amar Ujala, Business Standard, The WEEK, Sakal, New Indian Express, Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, and ABP. One India will be the digital media partner and Daily Hunt will be the Online Streaming Partner. RED FM and Chumbak will be Radio Partner and Gift Partner respectively. The Festival will also have a country partner – The Royal Norwegian Embassy. Other key partners are Penguin Random House India, Mahindra World City, and the High Commission of Canada. Fortis Hospital will support as the Official Hospital Partner.