Jaipur Literature Fest 2022 is set to be hosted virtually from Jan 28 to Feb 6


Due to the slow surge of the new variant of coronavirus, the 15th edition of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) is set to go hybrid.

JLF 2022 will run on-ground from January 28 to February 1, while it will be broadcast online from January 28 to February 6.

This edition of the JLF will be a series of firsts. Unlike previous years, this time, attendees will have to pay Rs 200 to attend the on-ground festival. The online festival will be free of cost. Also, in a significant departure, JLF 2022 will be hosted at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur and not the iconic Diggi Palace, which housed the event for the last 12 years.

At the Delhi Curtain Raiser event that was organized on Monday, December 20, that was hosted at the Leela Palace in Delhi, the organizers of JLF 2022 revealed the speakers of this edition.

It will host over 250 speakers, writers, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular cultural icons from across a vast array of nationalities, representing 21 Indian and international languages.

The Delhi Curtain Raiser, hosted by the producer Teamwork Arts at The Leela Palace saw a breathtaking performance by the Anirudh Varma Collective along with Rajasthani bagpiper Shyopat Julia welcoming the audience with his melodious music.

“This year’s Nobel Prize Winner, Abdurazak Gurnah, will join this year’s Booker Prize winner, Damon Galgut, and this year Baillie Gifford non-fiction awardee, Patrick Radden Keefe, along with Dolman winner, Taran Khan. Colm Toibin, Jonathan Franzen, Shehan Karunatilaka, Lisa Taddeo, Nadifa Mohammad, Tahmima Anam, Elif Shafak, DBC Pierre and Monica Ali will complete our First XI of global greats of fiction,” said writer, historian and co-director of JLF William Dalrymple.

Other notable speakers at JLF 2020 include Arundhathi Subramaniam, Ambarish Satwik, BN Goswamy, Bruno Maçães, Cat Jarman, Damon Galgut, DBC Pierre, Farrukh Dhondy, Jonathan Franzen, Kunal Basu, Shashi Tharoor and Tripurdaman Singh.

At another session, yet another Nobel Laureate Abhijit V Banerjee will be in conversation artist and illustrator Cheyenne Olivier. This session will explore a totally different dimension of the economist
donning the cap of a gourmet chef.

British writer and translator Deborah Smith, in conversation with translator Arunava Sinha, will discuss the many, often intangible, tasks of the translator comprising integrity, interpretation, expression and the singular objective of storytelling.

Indian-American businesswoman and former CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi’s memoir, My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future, follows her journey of grit and determination as she broke through several glass ceilings and the barriers of gender and race to become a global business leader. In conversation with author Aparna Piramal Raje, Nooyi will discuss her life, her trailblazing philosophy of
‘Performance with Purpose’ and the importance of a care infrastructure that benefits both women and men.

Bringing a historical flavor to the program, acclaimed writer and historian Manu S. Pillai and writer and politician Dr. Shashi Tharoor will get into a conversation with author Ira Mukhoty.

Vishvendra Singh, the Tourism Minister of Rajasthan, said that he is delighted that the Jaipur Literature Festival is returning on-ground in the Pink City.

“I believe that the Festival truly provides an exceptional platform for both Indian and global authors and thought leaders to engage and strengthen Our literary heritage and culture. I look forward to warmly welcoming all Authors, Speakers, Artists, Musicians and Visitors to Jaipur and the State of Rajasthan for the Festival in January 2022,” he said.