Remnants of a Separation

Revisiting the Partition of India through objects of memory, this session invokes notebooks, recipes, memoirs and first person accounts to understand the shadow of the divide and the horror and displacement that accompanied it. Artist and oral historian Aanchal Malhotra works with memory and material culture. She is the co-founder of The Museum of Material… Read more »

Narratives of Life and Living

Prem K. Krishnan is an inspirational educationist, writer and friend who has mentored generations of young people in unforgettable ways. Her recently published book, Narratives of Life and Living, is a collection of poetry, short stories, recollections and reflections. In an enriching session of conversation and readings, she speaks to Sanjoy K. Roy of memories… Read more »

The Hit Man: Anurag Kashyap in Conversation

Film director, writer, producer and actor Anurag Kashyap has been quoted as saying, “Cinema is the only religion I believe in.” Over the last two decades, Kashyap’s contribution to the Indian cinematic sensibility and consciousness has impacted both audiences and filmmakers. Edgy and experimental while grounded in the often harsh realities of his times, his… Read more »

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

A remarkable performance—half dance, half reading—by one of India’s most acclaimed and talented young poets. In Girls are Coming out of the Woods, Tishani Doshi inhabits the different homes: her childhood, the body, cities that were passed through, cycles of rain. There are poems of celebration and homages as there are poems lamenting human cruelty… Read more »

Rembrandt and the Mughals

This session examines the impact of Indian art and culture on Rembrandt (1606–1669) in the late 1650s. By pairing Rembrandt’s 22 extant drawings of Shah Jahan, Jahangir, Dara Shikoh and other Mughal courtiers with Mughal paintings of similar compositions, Stephanie Schrader critiques the prevailing notion that Rembrandt ‘brought life’ to the static Mughal art and… Read more »

The Man from the Egg

The iconic Sudha Murty returns to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to enchant audiences across generations with her wisdom and wit. She discusses her new book for young readers, and speaks of The Man from the Egg, The Serpent’s Revenge and other little known mythological tales, taking us back to magical times when humans could… Read more »

Bayan: In Testimony

Two prominent and iconic women writers read from their books and speak of the political and the personal in their work as they discuss the power of literature and the role of the writer in our changing times. Chitra Mudgal is the prolific and much-awarded writer of over ten books, including Aavan and Ek Zameen… Read more »

A Tale of Two Courts: Thanjavur and Travancore

Two of South India’s most brilliant historians tell the tale of two of South India’s most brilliant courts. In 1498, when Vasco da Gama set foot in Kerala looking for Christians and spices, he unleashed a wave of political fury that would topple local powers like a house of cards. The cosmopolitan fabric of a… Read more »

The Art, Arms and Armour of the Rajputs

Rajasthan has produced some of the greatest art and most beautiful objects in India. Here four experts on the painting, arms, history and material culture of Rajasthan compare notes and ask: what is it that makes the art of Rajasthan so immediately distinctive? Presented by Avid Learning

The Vanishing Stepwells of India

The architecture and history of India’s stepwells is a crucial part of its groundwater conservation ecosystems. Journalist Victoria Lautman’s recent book, The Vanishing Stepwells of India, is an important documentation of these traditional water storage systems. Jutta Jain-Neubauer has also written on the stepwells of Gujarat. In conversation with writer and hotelier Aman Nath, a… Read more »

Sahitya Ki Parampara: Samaj Ki Sanskriti

Literary traditions and social mores are often in conflict. Different perspectives and interpretation of art, literature and film cause disruptions as different people interpret them by different measures. Is art above society or does society have the right to curb and control creativity?