Jaipur Literature Festival Returns to Earth After 2 Years with Sparkling Music and Keynote Speakers


JAIPUR: The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) kicked off here on Thursday with a scintillating performance by Ujwal Nagar, maestro of Hindustani classical music and classical vocalist of Indian fusion band Advaita.

The event, being held at the Clarks Amer Hotel, continued with keynote addresses from keynote speakers – writer and scholar Harish Trivedi and UN Resident Coordinator for India Shombi Sharp.

The JLF was canceled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, it is taking place both virtually and on the ground.

It was held virtually from March 5-9 and will be held on the ground from March 10-14.

Author, historian and co-director of JLF, William Dalrymple, said: “I think the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but the performing arts, in particular, have found an existential threat in it. But now we’re back.”

On the first day, Tasneem Khan’s English translation of the novel “Ae Mere Rehnuma” was unveiled. The novel describes the situation of Muslim women around the world.

In one session, Portuguese politician and author Bruno Macaes spoke about his book “Geopolitics for the End Time: From the Pandemic to the Climate Crisis”, a study of an emerging world order that is competitive and driven by the need to adapt and survive in increasingly hostile natural environments.

In another session, Namita Gokhale, acclaimed writer and recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for 2021, discussed the paradoxes of returning a work of fiction to the language of its geographical and emotional location.

Another session brought together Norwegian Ambassador to India Hans Jacob Frydenlund, Vir Chakra recipient Chandrakant Singh and German Ambassador to India Walter J Linder, among others. The session on the possibility of peace in a torn world was moderated by Hannah Ellis-Peterson, correspondent for The Guardian.

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