Karan Johar, Anil Kumble and so much more this JLF!

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It’s January and all roads lead to Jaipur as people come together to celebrate literature and ideas and bask in the winter sun at the resplendent Diggi Palace. As writer and co-director of the Jaipur literature Festival, William Dalrymple aptly puts it:  “Each January the excitement of what we are about to experience in Jaipur mounts. Never more so than this year with what is possibly our finest line up ever.” 


Setting the agenda for international dialogue, the programme for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016 will touch upon a multitude of ideas and themes including the age old, yet highly topical issue of Migration and Partition examining alienation and acceptance, across political, cultural and geographical landscapes. Highlighting the dynamics of the rapidly changing world around us will be sessions on Navigating Modernity –timely as we find ourselves at a crossroads as societies, customs, traditions and knowledge systems develop. And the evolving modern issues around Privacy will also feature prominently in a series of sessions curated by Homi K Bhabha.

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A special session on sports titled India at Play will see Suresh Menon, Anil Kumble, Ronojoy Sen, Baichung Bhutia and Sidin Vadukut gather to discuss the history of sport and the current state of play from the national obsession with cricket to other popular sports from football to wrestling, and boxing to polo. Come and hear directly from iconic cricketer Anil Kumble and legendary footballer Baichang Bhutia about the fierce passions their sports ignite.

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And don’t miss Karan Johar, blockbusting film director, screenwriter, actor and television personality reminiscing about his childhood and how he came to enter the film industry with his biographer Poonam Saxena in An Unsuitable Boy. And there are still one or two more surprises up the Festival’s sleeves so stay tuned and get yourself to Jaipur to be sure you don’t miss out on the big talking points of this year.

Karan Johar


In order to effectively manage crowds and ensure an engaging and meaningful experience for the thousands of literature enthusiasts that descend on Jaipur in January, the Festival is introducing a nominal on-the-spot registration fee of Rs.100/ on the days of the Festival i.e. January 21st to 25th. Online and on ground registration will be available at the Festival venue, Diggi Palace, from January 17th to January 20th, free of cost. Please register in advance to avoid disappointment and for easier access print out your registration form and carry it with you.

Audiences can also choose to register as delegates for additional benefits and access including the opportunity to rub shoulders with authors and speakers over lunches and dinners, access to concerts at the music stage, great rates at local hotels, an invitation to the Writers’ Ball and networking with publishing industry professionals. It is still possible to register as a delegate with a pre-festival rate available until 20 January.

Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher and co-director of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, said “It’s that time of year again! We welcome all the book lovers who, year after year make the ZEE Jaipur literature festival the success it is, to another extraordinary edition of this celebration of books, ideas and dialogue.  Do spread the word and please register well in time. See you soon at Diggi Palace!”

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Tusharika Singh

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