Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 to Feature Musical Performances & Celebratory Heritage Evening!

Entertainment | January 9, 2020 | Press Release

Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 Teamwork Arts Sanjoy Roy Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur

Jaipur Literature Festival, a flagship event of Teamwork Arts returns with its 13th edition at Jaipur’s Diggi Palace Hotel from January 23rd - 27th 2020. This edition’s running theme ‘Women Uninterrupted’ will bring to the fore several pressing issues of women in the repertoire of discussions.

The ‘greatest literary show on earth’ unveiled the 2020 edition’s list of over 250 speakers, featuring a stellar line-up of Indian and international names. The speakers consist of writers, thinkers, politicians, journalists and popular cultural icons representing over fifteen Indian languages and twenty-four international languages as well as major awards such as the Nobel, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer, the Sahitya Akademi, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, etc. 

The program, which is vast and kaleidoscopic, with themes ranging from the art, fashion & lifestyle, biographies, business & economics, climate change, current affairs, food, living languages, poetry, science & technology, Artificial Intelligence, gender, and the writing process, etc.

Some highlights from the program include Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s session ‘Poor Economics: Fighting Global Poverty’. During the Festival, Namita Gokhale, author, and Festival Co-director will launch her new novel, Jaipur Journals.

Speaking about the festival, Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, Producer-Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 will feature over 250 speakers from across India and the world who will focus on a variety of themes and issues including climate emergency, women’s voices, travel, science and technology, economics and history.”

The stage will be graced by acclaimed artists like an exponent of Konnakol through spoken percussion and Mrindangam, BC Manjunath; sitar maestro, Purbayan Chatterjee; leading Carnatic veena-player Saraswati Rajagopalan; Carnatic vocalist based in the UK and founder of Manasamitra, Supriya Nagarajan.

Some more musical performances will be presented by popular folk fusion artist Aabha Hanjura; Dublin-based singer-songwriter Gavin James; contemporary Indian music band Parvaaz; internationally-renowned Indian music composer, environmentalist and professor Ricky Kej, a Grammy award winner.

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 mesmerizing 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 enthrall 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. 

The Festival’s multi-faceted content promises a variety of linguistic riches.

This edition’s running theme ‘Women Uninterrupted’ will bring to the fore several pressing issues of women in the repertoire of discussions.

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