Thronged with a record 350,000 footfalls over five days, the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, billed as the world’s largest free festival of its kind, and touted as the 'Kumbh of Literature;, continues to grow and has spawned more than 50 other festivals around India and the rest of South Asia.
The recently concluded Zee Jaipur Literature Festival saw some of the biggest authors, journalists, musicians, and artists from across the globe debating and discussing to enrich creativity and experience. This was that time of the year when entire roads of the beautiful pink city leads to Diggi Palace.
Absorbed by the beauty of Rajasthan, the JLF was festooned with the colorful kathputlis ( Marionette) from the entrance of the luminous, sun kissed Diggi palace to the festival information Desk. The canopies of bright orange, green, blue and purple colors were perfect to represent the themes of sub venues (Front Lawn, Char Bagh, Samwad and Mughal Tent).
Apart from vivid colors of Diggi Palace, what caught our attention was the aroma of delicious and delectable food. The Diggipuri Chai (Kulhad Tea Of Diggi Palace) is one of the essentials that you must try when you visit Jaipur Literature Festival. From Baker's bread to the mouth watering pizza, JLF had it all.
With more than 300 speakers and 2700 delegates, Zee JLF ended with 175 sessions over six venues. The festival was inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje Ji, followed by the key note address by adorable Margaret E Atwood and stunningly beautiful Stick Dance of Rajasthan with varicolored sticks and beautiful traditional costumes.
The festival saw Karan Johar talking about his upcoming memoir "An Unsuitable Boy", transgender Laxmi Narayan Tripathi talking about life struggles and also about the book “I Eunuch, Me Hijra, Me Laxmi", Kajol talking about "The sailkoat saga" with Ashwin Sanghi.
The celebrities from B-town to theatre, comdian from UK to the spiritual leader, politicians to social activists all flocked the festival..
The four day Music stage at Hotel Clarks Amer witnessed some amazing renowned rajasthani folk artists to popular international bands like Skavangers and Delhi to Dublin.
A perfect blend of desi music and videsi tadka.
On January 2012 JLF celebrated the 400 years of William Shakespeare, the play Piya Behrupiya, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was performed at The Albert Museum; January 23 marked the music event at Amber Fort where the magic of sufi embraced the hearts of yound and energetic audience with the mellifluous voice of Mukhtiyar Ali.
Zee JLF, where Jaipur visits the world and world visits Jaipur.
A place where arts and knowledge are celebrated.
A Place where culture is experienced.