Ojas Art Award

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is always finding new ways to showcase emerging art and talent in celebration of the diversity of Indian arts. To that end, this year they had the privilege of hosting the inaugural Ojas Art Award. The award explores tribal and traditional art forms, this year focusing on Gond Art from Madhya Pradesh. Renowned poet Ashok… Read more »

Heritage Evenings: Amber Fort

New life was breathed into the majestic Amber Fort, a precious monument to Jaipur’s Rajput history with the first ever Heritage Evening to be organised by the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, in association with Rajasthan Tourism. The event brought the first day of the festival to a colourful end, and marked the first of many such forays planned to make historical… Read more »

A Passage To America

The British Airways Baithak was a cosy haven at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival today, where Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri addressed a huge audience, clearly unperturbed by the rain. Seshadri recalled his experience of growing up in America in the 1950s and 60s, before the implementation of immigration laws there. He described the 60s as ‘one of the most energetic… Read more »

Music at Clarks Amer: The King & the Corpse, Alim Qaimov Ensemble, Rajasthani Musicians

Maier The first night of the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Music Stage featured a diverse range of acts that that enthralled a delighted audience at Clarks Amer. First up was an eclectic retelling of the classic Hindu tale of Vikram and Betal, which saw performance storyteller TUUP captivate the audience with his energy, joie de vivre, and dazzling stage presence…. Read more »

Is There An Indian Way Of Thinking? John Elliot, Geetanjali Shree, Pavan Verma, And Ashok Vajpeyi

The session aimed to analyse what exactly was the Indian way in of thinking and creating in the realms of fiction, poetry, music, arts and lifestyle. Ashok Vajpeyi kicked off the session with the statement ‘hota hai’ (‘stuff happens’), the quintessential Indian way of approaching life, according to him. The panel quickly arrived at a consensus… Read more »

Beauty And Fidelity – Texts In Translation: Sachin Kundalkar, Geetanjali Shree, Carlos Rojas, Rahul Soni, Moderated By Jerry Pinto

A warm set of writers, translators and readers gathered on a cold morning at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival to discuss the process and problems involved in translating books, and the relationship between writers and their translators. Novelist Jerry Pinto, who translated Cobalt Blue, began the session by stating that a translation takes a whole eco-system (the original… Read more »

Bollywood Nation: Vamsee Juluri, Meghnad Desai, Irrfan Khan, Moderated By Rupleena Bose

Bollywood is probably our most popular export, in close competition with chicken tikka. Our jhatkas and tumkas have made it onto So You Think You Can Dance, we are inherently dramatic as a people: we are undeniably a Bollywood Nation and proud of it! And this was an out and out Bollywood session, with the eccentric Lord Meghnad Desai breaking into song repeatedly, and… Read more »