To celebrate the power of writers, Jaipur Literature Festival goes global


An iconic Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) known for bringing in the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders annually starts Nov. 8 through 29.

Though the renowned festival takes place in the Indian state of Rajasthan, however, this year the free flow of knowledge and information, will be shared simultaneously globally in Colorado, Houston, New York as well as Toronto through online editions.

“The festivals will bring together an extremely diverse palate of global themes while celebrating the unique culture, diversity, energy and beauty of the host cities, as usual marked by a strong sense of camaraderie, a caravan of ideas, and the magical flow of conversations,” JLF producer Teamwork Arts said.

The programming will include topics like the COVID-19 pandemic, crime-writing, environment, poetry, international politics, racial equality and discrimination, entertainment and fiction.

“The challenges of our changing times have led us at JLF to create and curate an incredibly rich and diverse digital platform” that will “as ever, engage with both the local and the global, giving voice to writers, poets and thinkers as they celebrate books, dialogue and debate,” JLF co-director Namita Gokhale said.

“Literature, ideas, and knowledge are at the heart of our every effort to ensure a free flow of knowledge and information, especially in these times,” Teamwork Arts Managing Director Sanjoy K. Roy said, adding that between them, the four events will bring together Nobel laureates, Pulitzer, Commonwealth and other award-winning speakers to share their ideas and vision on a slew of issues from BLM to the environment, performing poetry to democracy and from music to film.