The diverse programme for the 16th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2023 got underway this week in the Pink City of India.
It features some of the most celebrated and extraordinary minds from around the world, including authors from the UK such as Amish Tripathi and Shrabani Basu. The festival team said the audiences can savour a range of language diversity in the programme this season, which displays 21 Indian and 14 International languages with sessions spread across five venues. The Festival will host over 350 speakers from across a vast array of nationalities, as well as recipients of major awards such as the Nobel, the Booker, International Booker, the Pulitzer and the Sahitya Akademi.
Namita Gokhale, writer, Founder & Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “The Jaipur Literature Festival 2023 affirms joy and creativity through books, ideas and shared narratives. We have some of the greatest writers in the world as well as new and emergent voices. It is a beacon of hope and belief in our fragile world.”
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The keynote address on the opening day, January 19, was delivered by the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature Abdulrazak Gurnah.
William Dalrymple, author, historian and Founder & Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “Over the years, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival has hosted over 5000 speakers and welcomed tens of millions of literature lovers from across India and the globe. Each edition of the Festival we try and raise the bar at this Kumbh Mela of literature, but 2023 will undoubtedly be our finest festival yet.
“This year once again we have brought together the world's greatest novelists and poets, historians and biographers, scientists and economists, artists and art historians: a free-flowing gathering of great literary minds that is like a global super-university opening its gates for anyone who wants to attend for five whole days. It’s going to be cerebral heaven: an utterly magnificent feast of mind-sustaining inspiration and we look forward to welcoming the literary world back to Jaipur."
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Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts and producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, added: “With our vision for 2023, we will examine and interrogate our changing world and explore different shades of opinion by invoking India's rich literary heritage with voices from across the literary landscape of the world.”
*Info: Jaipur Literature Festival