Set to take place between 23 and 27 January 2020, the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) returns to its customary home at Jaipur’s Diggi Palace Hotel for its 13th edition.
The Festival will start each day with the calming strains of Morning Music. The stage will be graced by acclaimed artists like exponent of Konnakol through spoken percussion and Mrindangam, BC Manjunath; sitar maestro, recipient of the President’s Award for best instrumentalist at age 15, Purbayan Chatterjee; leading Carnatic veena-player Saraswati Rajagopalan; Carnatic vocalist based in the UK and founder of Manasamitra, Supriya Nagarajan.
The Festival will also present a power-packed Heritage evening at an iconic and historic venue in Jaipur. Supported by Rajasthan Tourism, this majestic evening at Amer Fort will feature a mesmerising performance by Pandit Rajendra Gangani, one of the leading practitioners of the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak. He will pay tribute to the age-old classical form, along with an ensemble of Kathak dancers. Les Souffleurs or The Whisperers, an artistic group created by Olivier Comte, will enthral audiences with a unique production where they whisper poetic secrets into their ears, using a hollow cane. To end the evening on a musical note, world-renowned sitarist Shubhendra Rao will present ‘East marries West—A Legacy’ as a celebration of his Guru, the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar’s 100th birth year. He will be joined by his wife, Saskia Rao-de Haas, who is hailed as a pioneer for introducing the “Indian Cello” to classical Indian music.