Jaipur Literature Festival will kick off in online mode; field sessions from March 10

Over the years, Jaipur Literature Festival has become one of the biggest events across the world that attracts authors, publishers and readers. This year, it will be summoned for the first time in hybrid mode this year.

The 10-day festival will take place at the Clarks Hotel, Amer, instead of the Diggi Palace.

According to the Times of India (TOI) report, Sanjay Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, the main organizers of the event said that in view of the pandemic situation, it was decided that the entire duration of the event will be split into two halves.

Field sessions will start from March 10

From March 5-9, it will remain in virtual mode while the remaining period will be attended by a limited number of in-person participants.

“Like a normal annual edition, we will always have 500 speakers, including four Nobel laureates. But almost half of them will participate in online sessions while the rest will join in person,” Roy said.

He further added “We cannot accommodate the number of visitors we had in our previous editions due to the pandemic. Yet we are expecting 15,000 people every day”.

The festival will celebrate the diversity of literature. Among the various guest speakers at the event are Nobel Laureate Abdurazak Gurnah, Booker Prize Laureate Damon Galgut and other Indian writers like Vikram Sampath, Shashi Tharoor and many more.

Roy said, “We want to promote local writers. Also, this year the festival will feature specific sessions focusing on Rajasthani’s heritage and culture.”

The festival will also feature a wide range of topics, including current geopolitical issues like the Ukraine-Russia conflict, climate change, new world order as well as traditionally explored categories of art, fiction, poetic imagination, travel, science, history, etc.

Apurv Kumar, MD, Clarks Hotel Group said, “This time the literary sessions as well as the evening music will take place here. It’s fair to point out that this festival is one of the biggest events in the state and in my mind, it’s a big tourist event.”

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