The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will take place from March 5 to 14, 2022 in its home city of Jaipur. Each year, Teamwork Arts, the producer of the festival, promotes art and world heritage through a variety of innovative initiatives at the festival. This year’s festival will also include a variety of sessions highlighting various aspects of art and culture.
Sohini Roychowdhury, a representative of Bharatanatyam, and Sharon Lowen, a renowned dancer of classical Indian dance forms – Odissi, Manipuri, Mayurbhanj and Seraikella Chhau – will join acclaimed music and dance critic Manjari Sinha for a fascinating discussion on Sringara, exploring the evocative and evolving form. The session will delve into the long history and diverse interpretations of Sringara, an aesthetic pinnacle often considered the mother of the nine rasas of Indian dance.
An intriguing and vivacious stage personality, Dolly Thakore, whose autobiography defies categorization, has described her life with piercing honesty. Regrets, None, co-written with Arghya Lahiri, who has 20 years of experience in acting, is a humorous, witty and heartfelt look at Dolly’s turbulent life. Ritu Menon, feminist, editor and author, has written a theatrical biography of the remarkable actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal, who lived a full life until the age of 90. Menon explains how the creativity of dancer Uday Shankar and actor Prithviraj Kapoor influenced Sehgal. Thakore, Menon and Lahiri will discuss the essence of theatre, its genius, magic and pervasive misogyny in a conversation with festival producer and Teamwork Arts Managing Director Sanjoy K. Roy. Roy will also speak with renowned Indian singer and musician Remo Fernandes in a session that will explore his pursuit of his greatest love: music, art, writing and his homeland Goa.
The festival will include a session that explores both the sensual allure of the human body and the fundamental ambiguities of its representation. Ambarish Satwik, writer, commentator and vascular surgeon, reflects on the distance between bare and naked in the anatomy of our race, even as modern imaging technologies make us genderless and transparent.
Alka Pande, a famous writer, curator and historian, has examined eroticism from various angles in her work. Pha(bu)llus, his most recent book, explores the power of phallic symbolism as a key and recurring motif in religion, culture and art. They will talk about the art and nature of the erotic, as well as the anti-nude, in the context of the sensual, deadly, philosophical and spiritual.
Farrukh Dhondy, writer, screenwriter and activist, has as many fascinating life experiences as professional accolades. Dhondy’s life is a cinematic roller coaster, from witnessing pre-independence India, partition and numerous social movements to meeting an eclectic, even murderous list of celebrities. Dhondy will discuss his life as a writer in a conversation with film and theater director Arghya Lahiri.