The Jaipur Literature festival is called the greatest festival on Earth for a good reason. And rightly so. Afterall, a festival which has bewitched and captured the hearts of one and all, is nothing short of a living legend. Literature and art buffs categorically become achingly restless to arrive at the venue and drool in the festive nuances of this festival.

The Jaipur literature festival is all set to kickstart on the 19th January to shower it’s vibrancy on the city dwellers plus the array of tourists who arrive at the venue to celebrate and explore works from a galaxy of artists.

It is a long festival stretched over 5 days. For your convenience, a filtered list of events have been selected, which you must make sure you indulge in, if you are at the venue. These are sessions which you would regret if you miss. If given a choice, I would want to attend all the mentioned below. My time management prep just got super easy. You can try this too, if you would want a more fruitful time in the grounds of the sprawling Diggi Palace, which has been the venue for the festival ever since 2008, when the festival officially started. Carry a print out of this to the venue to have a easy-breezy navigation throughout the festival time.

Jaipur Literature Festivals 2017 Schedule

19th January 2017 Events: Miaden day of ‘JLF 2017’ will offer you a perfect confluence of what JLF stands for. A perfect start to the grandest festival on Earth, navigating you through the wondrous and the profound.

9:15-9:50am Morning Music: 
Shillong Chamber Choir
10:00am – 11am Keynote Address: Gulzar & Anne Waldman

Venue: Front Lawn


11:15am – 12:15pm

Jawai: The Land of the Leopard:
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jaisal Singh and Ruth Padel in conversation with Meru GokhaleVenue: Mughal Tent
12:30pm – 1.30pm Imagine: The Freedom to Dream:
Anne Waldman introduced by Puneeta RoyVenue: Samvad
Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary:
Simon Winchester introduced by Jonathan ShaininVenue: Charbagh
1:40pm – 2:20pm Eternal Cities: Encounters and Inspirations
Abhay K, Amruta Patil Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Rob SchmitzVenue: Front Lawn
2:30pm – 3:30pm Negotiating the Net in the Teen Years:
Clare Azzopardi in conversation with Anu Singh ChoudharyVenue: Samvad
3:45pm – 4:45pm The Quest for life: Spiritual and Material Strivings of Rural Rajasthan: Bhrigupati Singh and Hari Ram Meena introduced by Ashutosh Varshney

Venue: Durbar Hall

4.45pm – 5:15pm 3 Book launches lined up for this hour at Front Lawn, Mughal Tent and Samvad. In case you are not interested, you can go and munch on some yummy snacks available at counters inside the venue.
5:15pm – 6:15pm We The People of India:
Ashok Desai in conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Madhav KhoslaVenue: Charbagh
In Search of a Muse: On Writing Poetry:
Anne Waldman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Ishion Hutchinson, Kate Tempest, Tishani Doshi and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Ruth PadelVenue: Mughal Tent
Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Ambika Dutt, Angélica Freitas, Madhup Mohta and Nandana Sen, moderated by Sukrita PaulKumarVenue: Samvad

20th January 2017: A peek-a-boo into spell-binding aspects of life and society which will sweep you off your stance.

Recommended For You: Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Top 17 Speakers

9:15-9:50am Morning Music


10:00am – 11am

Navras: Understanding Indian Aesthetics:
Alka Pande, Harsha Dehejia, James McHugh and Makarand Paranjape in conversation with Mrinal Pande.Venue: BAITHAK
Suspected Poetry: Gulzar and Pavan K. Varma in conversation

Venue: Front Lawn



11:15am – 12:15pm

Anita Anand and William Dalrymple introduced by Swapan DasguptaVenue: COX & KINGS CHARBAGH
The Heart:
Maylis de K Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Amrita Tripathi erangal in conversation with Amrita TripathiVenue: Durbar Hall
12:30pm – 1.30pm Main Shayar Toh Nahin:
Rishi Kapoor in conversation with Rachel DwyerVenue: Front Lawn
1:40pm – 2:20pm Book Launch: Living With Tigers by Valmik Thapar, released by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with readings by Sanjna Kapoor.


2:30pm – 3:30pm The Line of Beauty:
Alan Hollinghurst in conversation with Chandrahas ChoudhuryVenue: Front Lawn
3:45pm – 4:45pm The Pleasures and Perfections of Sanskrit:
Jim Mallinson, S.R. Bhatt and Sudha Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Vikram ChandraVenue: Baithak
4.45pm – 5:15pm Book Launch: The Promise of Beauty & Why it Matters by Shakti Maira, released by Geeta Chandran, Namita Gokhale and Ruth Padel


5:15pm – 6:15pm “I Resemble Everyone But Myself”: Understanding A.K. Ramanujan:
Guillermo Rodríguez in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf and Arshia SattarVenue: Durbar Hall

21st January 2017:  An uber intriguing and profound day for all the visitors; soaking in the weekend euphoria to the T.

9:15-9:50am Morning Music: 
Padmini Rao
10:00am – 11am  The Page is Mightier than the Screen:

Alan Hollinghurst, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Richard Flanagan and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury

Venue: Cox & Kings Charbagh


11:15am – 12:15pm

Standing on an Apple Box: Memoirs and Memories:

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand

Venue: Front Lawn

12:30pm – 1.30pm Awakenings: Freedom to Dream:
Ornit Shani in conversation with Puneeta RoyVenue: Samvad
The Street of Eternal Happiness:
Rob Schmitz introduced Samanth SubramanianVenue: Durbar Hall
1:40pm – 2:20pm The Kahaani Connection: Story of My Stories: Neelesh Misra introduced by Rahul Pandita

Venue: Front Lawn

2:30pm – 3:30pm Olympus: Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Amrita Tripathi

Venue: Mughal Tent

3:45pm – 4:45pm Things to Leave Behind:
Namita Gokhale in conversation with Mrinal Pande and Sunil SethiVenue: Front Lawn
4.45pm – 5:15pm Awards and Book launches scheduled to be conducted at 4 spots: Mughal Tent, Cox & Kings Charbagh, Front Lawn, Samvad. Head to any of the location or simply soak in the ambience of this grand festival. Just roaming around will be a jovial experience.
5:15pm – 6:15pm At Home in the World:
Angélica Freitas, Eka Kurniawan, Kyoko Yoshida, Vivek Shanbhag and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Helena KennedyVenue: Front Lawn

22nd January 2017: Trespassing into all quotidian realms of friendship, trust and creativity

9:15am – 9:50am Morning Music: Debashish Dey
10:00am – 11am Channelling Creativity:
Christopher Merrill, Karim Alrawi, Kyoko Yoshida, Natasa Duruvicova and Vivek Shanbhag in conversation with Chandrahas ChoudhuryVenue: Baithak
Experiments with Truth:
Janhavi Prasada introduced by Madhav KhoslaVenue: Samvad

11:15am – 12:15pm

 Remembering the Raj:
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael DwyerVenue: Front Lawn


12:30pm – 1.30pm

The Art of Rivalry: Friendships, Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art:
Sebastian Smee introduced by Anindita GhoseVenue: Durbar Hall
The Colour of Money:
Ashwin Sanghi, Binod Chaudhury, Hindol Sengupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Jyoti MalhotraVenue: Front Lawn


1:40pm – 2:20pm

The Camera in Jaipur:
Rahaab Allana and Sudhir Kasliwal in conversation with Giles Tillotson.Venue: Baithak
Book Launch: Rajasthani Stories Retold by Rima Hooja (Rajasthani tales are uber engaging, trust me!)

Venue: Samvad

3:45pm – 4:45pm Jai Hanuman:
Philip A. Lutgendorf and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Arshia SattarVenue: Front Lawn
The Girl Who Chose:
Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Ashok FerreyVenue: Samvad
4.45pm – 5:15pm Book launching event at Charbagh, Front lawn and Samvad.
5:15pm – 6:15pm The Art of the Screenplay:
Bruce Robinson, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Prasoon Joshi and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Raja SenVenue: Front Lawn

23rd January 2017: A fun day with all things amusing and outlandish

9:15-9:50am Morning Music: East Meets Middle East

Venue: Front Lawn

10:00am – 11am Manelists, Misogyny and Mansplaining:
Antara Ganguli, Anuradha Beniwal, Bee Rowlatt, Ruchira Gupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Amrita TripathiVenue: Charbagh
Mother India: Indian Films and the National Narrative:
Imitiaz Ali, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Rachel Dwyer and Sudhir Mishra in conversation with Shubhra GuptaVenue: Front Lawn

11:15am – 12:15pm

The Girl with Seven Names:
Hyeonseo Lee introduced by Anita AnandVenue: Charbagh
12:30pm – 1.30pm Footloose: The Travel Session:
Aarathi Prasad, Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Nidhi Dugar and Simon Winchester in conversation with William DalrympleVenue: Charbagh
Shakespeare’s Restless World:
Neil MacGregor introduced by Tim SuppleVenue: Front Lawn
1:40pm – 2:20pm Khwaja Gharib Nawaz: A Message of Love:
Imitiaz Ali, Reema Abbasi and Syed Salman Chishty in conversation with Sadia DehlviVenue: Charbagh
2:30pm – 3:30pm In Many Tongues: Voices from Brazil, Iceland, Wales, Latvia, Mauritius, Luxembourg, Croatia and Macedonia:
Angélica Freitas, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Eluned Gramich, Inga Žolude, Issa Asgarally, Pierre Joris, Roman Simić and Rumena Buzarovska introduced by Alexandra BuchlerVenue: Charbagh
You Got Magic!:
Neel Madhav introduced by Mallika DuaVenue: SamvadEmpire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers:
Frank Trentmann introduced by Mihir S. SharmaVenue: Front Lawn
3:45pm – 4:45pm Let them Eat Chaos: Kate Tempest in Performance:
Kate Tempest introduced by Tishani DoshiVenue: Front Lawn
4.45pm – 5:15pm Women Waging Peace:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Naseem Shafaie and Ornit Shani in conversation with Ruchira GuptaVenue: Baithak

What a great start to 2017. Isn’t it? Opt for JLF online registrations to save your bucks and time at the venue. After all, what is a life sans art?

Follow up on the next article for information about speakers, ticketing


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