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Started with a mere number of 14 guests during its inaugural year of 2005, the Jaipur Literature Festival commonly known as the JLF or the Jaipur Lit Feast has emerged as one of the biggest literary events globally. Attracting writers and the literary society from home and abroad, this Woodstock of literature has been able to emulate itself across the world and lure in a population of uncountable numbers helping in expanding the footfalls. The festival enables the rich heritage of Rajasthan to lighten up the expected visitors by showcasing a broad spectrum of color and culture of the home state.
Held at the famous Hotel Diggi Palace of Jaipur from its very inception, the JLF is set to return for its 2017 edition which will run from 19th – 20th of January, 2017. The Diggi Palace playing the host for this feast every year serves the best environment and the space to unfold the 5-day itinerary of the festival. As the festival is open to all, it freely invites visitors from all the hemispheres of the planet Earth. Upholding the freedom of expression in writing and embracing the diversified opinions and viewpoints of the invited guests, the JLF has really evolved itself into a multidimensional event.
The vastness and the exuberance of the crowd gathering in the whole 5-day long schedule is by far the most distinctive feature of this festival. Often described as the Greatest literary show on Earth and the World’s largest free literary event, the JLF is a sublime blend of authors, lyricists, musicians and film personalities. These invited guests are either a host of Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Man Booker Prize winner or eminent individuals who shares the stage and liven ups the air in-and-around the Diggi Palace.
During its entire length of the schedule, JLF boasts the unity of multifarious groups of authors, thinkers, and critics, who amuse the attentive guests with their inspiring and bold talks. The cultural events accompany a series of book readings and other talks of discussions with only a single aim in mind, i.e., to expose the inquisitive audience to the world of poetry, theatre, and fiction.
Here are the things you should not at all miss out at the JLF:-
In the blurring of the semantic boundaries, one must find the reputed Indian wordsmiths discussing affairs starting from political interests to the mysteries of creativeness. Prominent lyricists arousing sorcery in the air with their mystical conversations. And Bollywood glamour visiting by adding charm to the feast.
With the sunset darkening the day, Diggi Palace will be wrapped up with cultural tentacles giving the feel of the performative arts. The enchanting poetries will captivate the audience making them forget about the passing of time.
Noted artist Javed Akhtar and Gulzar sharing the stage at JLF 2016
The festival always flags off with a key address note from a highlighted literary star who fly all the way from a distant place and descends to the deserts of Rajasthan.
The festival also was able to queue up some of the exquisite writers, profound economists, fabled photographers, and some brave-hearted souls.
The Dalai Lama during his visit to JLF 2016
Having a dedicated book signing in the premises, the authors and the speakers sit and shares some time signing their paperbacks for his legion of fans and other bibliophiles. Treasuring books of every categories, you shall get to explore and acquire any piece you like to take away. But of course you have to pay for it.
- Electrifying cultural events:
The fusion of the various musical genres and compilation of the artistic works of assorted ethnic cultural groups, light up the ambiance of the Diggi Palace making it one hell of a show on earth.
Being able to spread its roots to overseas, the JLF is tantalizing the crowd at the Southbank Centre, London (United Kingdom) and in Boulder, Colorado (United States of America).
With the registrations already commenced, don’t forget to enroll yourself for this awe-inspiring schedule in the Pink city of India.
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