Jaipur Literature Festival 2021 embraces new digital paradigms with a specially curated festival experience

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas.

The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.

Our core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.

Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

In April 2020, as the world went into an unprecedented lockdown dictated by a devastating pandemic, and we began to embrace an increasingly digital medium, Teamwork Arts began JLF Brave New World, and followed it up with Jaipur Literature Festival WORDS ARE BRIDGES, JLF London, Adelaide, Colorado, Houston, New York and Toronto - series of powerful digital conversations on literature, ideas, and narratives that define our times, featuring Nobel Laureates, Man Booker, Pulitzer, JCB, Commonwealth, Sahitya Akademi and other awardees. Because we believe that the seamless flow of knowledge and a shared love for books are universal ways for communities to connect across the borders that Covid-19 has inadvertently drawn.

Over the past several months, these online series have featured as many as 416 speakers, over 248 sessions, Garnering approximately 5 million views across continents!

With a reach of 27 Million and exceeding more than 40 million Impressions.

The first list of speakers for the 2021 edition include Albie Sachs, a distinguished lawyer, anti-apartheid activist, scholar & author; Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Carlo Rovelli, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and The Order of Time; Daniel Simpson, Yoga philosopher & author of author of The Truth of Yoga, a comprehensive guide to the history of practice; John Zubrzycki, an Australian journalist, researcher and author of The House of Jaipur: The Inside Story of India's Most Glamorous Royal Family; Marina Wheeler, British lawyer, author, columnist and a Queen's Counsel; Michael Sandel, American political philosopher.

The list continues with Moin Mir, author of Surat: Fall of a Port, Rise of a Prince: Defeat of the East India Company in the House of Commons, which traces the annexation of Surat; Moni Mohsin, writer based in London, famous for writing long running satirical column 'The Diary of a Social Butterfly' for The Friday Times; Navtej Singh Sarna, an Indian author-columnist, diplomat and former Indian Ambassador to the United States; Oliver Craske, author of the biography Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar; Prasoon Joshi, celebrated Indian poet, writer, lyricist and screenwriter; Priya Atwal, Historian of empire, monarchy & cultural politics in Britain and India.

They will be joined by Ramachandra Guha, eminent Indian author, historian and biographer; Ranjit Hoskote, Indian poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator; Sarbpreet Singh, author of The Camel Merchant of Philadelphia and Night of the Restless Spirits; Shylashri Shankar, author of Scaling Justice: India’s Supreme Court, Anti-Terror Laws and Social Rights; Simon Winchester, New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman; Stephen Louis Brusatte, an American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, who specializes in the anatomy and evolution of dinosaurs; TCA Raghavan, former Indian diplomat.

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Festival Directors and Producer

Namita Gokhale

Festival Director

William Dalrymple

Festival Director

Sanjoy K. Roy

Festival Producer & MD Teamwork Arts

Festival Recap 2021

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24 Indian & 20 International

From Concept to Curation and Design to Production

Celebrating The Arts

The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork Arts believe in love and respect for the artist.

Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. Our expertise lies in the area of entertainment and includes documentary and feature films , television, the conceptualisation and development of contemporary performing/visual arts and literary festivals around the world, and in nurturing new talents across all art forms.

For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad.


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