The world’s most charismatic literary show is all set to take place in Jaipur from 19th - 23rd January, 2023 at Hotel Clarks Amer. As the Festival embarks on its sixteenth edition, this year, on the anvil are an array of themes, some which will feature the greatest minds from science, technology and AI.
The Festival will host a session featuring award-winning investigative journalist Vidya Krishnan in conversation with the vascular surgeon and writer Ambarish Satwik. During the session, Krishnan will discuss about her recent book Phantom Plague: How Tuberculosis Shaped our History, which examines the development of different cures – both folk and modern – and the ways in which the disease and the attempts to curb its spread have mingled with issues of racism, greed and politics.
At another session, Siddhartha Mukherjee, famed oncologist, biologist and celebrated Pulitzer prize-winning author will discuss his recent book, The Song of the Cell, which examines the basic autonomous unit that makes up all organisms. In conversation with Festival Co-Director and historian William Dalrymple, Mukherjee will present a panoramic saga that combines "memoir, history and science" as it attempts to answer the questions of what it means to be alive.
Over the last few decades, India has emerged as the “pharmacy of the world”. Vaccine development has been one of the most integral aspects to this growth. Author Priyam Gandhi Mody's recent book, A Nation to Protect gives an insightful look into India's policy and research-based approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a session, Mody will be in conversation with an illustrious panel of speakers featuring IAS officer Sajjan Singh Yadav and Padma Shree awardee, renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon Naresh Trehan. The trio will take the audience for a behind-the-scenes account of the framework put in place by the government and leadership.
As the marvels of technological advancement across the world are faced with a series of crises, the Festival will feature a celebrated panel which examines the morality and ethical underpinnings of human dependence on machines and AI. At a session, academic and writer Toby Walsh, CEO of ABP Network Avinash Pandey, tech entrepreneur and writer Anirudh Suri will be in conversation with journalist Praveen Swami.
Continuing the conversation at the Festival, a panel discussion will feature author Rebecca Wragg Sykes with award-winning historian, translator and broadcaster Tom Holland where they will discuss Sykes’s recent seminal work Kindred. The novel is the redefining guide to the Neanderthals, and won the 2021 PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize for History. Replete with pioneering Paleolithic research, it defeats the stereotype of brutish hominins and presents imaginative, intelligent and adaptable ancient relatives who survived more than 300,000 years of climatic upheaval.
At another session, concentrated on the natural phenomena of fungi, Wainwright Prize-winning biologist Merlin Sheldrake, author of Entangled Life, will be in conversation with author Janice Pariat. Sheldrake will shed light on how fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.
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About Jaipur Literature Festival:
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 over 5,000 speakers and artists 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 and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.
Writers and Festival Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, alongside producer Teamwork Arts, invite speakers to take part in the five-day programme set against the backdrop of Rajasthan’s stunning cultural heritage.
Past speakers have ranged from Nobel Laureates J. M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammad Yunus and Joseph Stiglitz; Man Booker Prize winners Ben Okri, Douglas Stuart, Margaret Atwood and Paul Beatty; Sahitya Akademi winners Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, as well as the late Girish Karnad, Mahasweta Devi and U. R. Ananthamurthy; along with literary superstars including Amish Tripathi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Vikram Seth. An annual event that goes beyond literature, the Festival has also hosted Amartya Sen, Amitabh Bachchan, the late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Bill Gates, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stephen Fry, Thomas Piketty and former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.
The Jaipur Literature Festival is a flagship event of Teamwork Arts, which produces it along with over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities globally.
About Teamwork Arts:
Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers, change makers and visual artistes in the knowledge and arts space in India and abroad. Every year, we produce over 33 festivals in 42 cities and 17 countries in the fields of performing & visual arts and literature. We produce the world's largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Australia and the Maldives and soon in Europe.
Even amidst the upheaval and unsettling times of 2020 and through 2021, Teamwork Arts successfully launched the digital series, ‘JLF Brave New World’ and ‘Words Are Bridges’, which were viewed by over 4.8 million people in their first season. Through its digital avatar, the Jaipur Literature Festival reached over 27 million viewers in January 2021. Our initiative ‘Art Matters‘ empowers artistes across India to collaborate across genres by commissioning them to create new works thereby effecting change & raising awareness. The digital series ‘Be Inspired’ was launched in 2021 – a series that crystal-gazes into the future with conversations on science, technology, innovation, environment and more.