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All you need to know about the Jaipur Literature Festival

The Jaipur Festival of Literature in Rajasthan is nothing less than the “Greatest Earth Literary Show.” The JLF, held annually in Jaipur, aims to bring together the world’s leading writers, thinkers, literary experts, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sportsmen and entertainers on a single platform where they can share ideas and ideas, learn from experts and engage in thoughtful debate.

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The Jaipur Literature Festival, or JLF, is an annual literary festival that is held every January in the Indian city of Jaipur. It was established in the year 2006. It is the largest free literary festival in the world. The Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the festival ‘s main venue, with sessions held in the Audience Hall and throughout the Diggi Palace gardens in the centre of town. The directors of the festival are the writers Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple and are produced by Teamwork Arts’ Sanjoy Roy. Surina Narula is the literature festival ‘s founding sponsor and festival advisor.

The Festival is an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF), founded by Faith Singh, originally as a segment of the International Jaipur Heritage Festival in 2006, and developed into a freelance literature festival that was held on its own in 2008. Vinod Joshi, the Community Director of JVF is his regional adviser. All festival events are free and not ticketed.


In December 2019, Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple presented the Mumbai preview of the Jaipur Festival of Literature (JLF) 2020. The festival took place from January 23rd through January 27th, 2020.

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If you have pre-registered your seat, the entry to this festival is free but you have to pay for it on the spot registration around INR 300. All you need to do for that is to log in to the festival’s official website and register yourself. You will receive an email or a message after registration, which you will need to display at the registration desk at the entrance. Separate passes are available for entry into the musical night, which you need to get from the website. Remember, the tickets are being sold first-come-first-served.

The hosts said that nearly 80% of the audience is below 30 years of age, which is made up of more than four to five thousand people. Jaipur Literature Festival is “as big as Glastonbury and Woodstock combined,” according to William, and that the scale of the event is unlike any other. He also said the JLF platform offers an opportunity to witness some of the biggest international and national awards winners such as the Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, Noble Prize and Sahitya Akademi. “You can just walk in and have your life enhanced by this extraordinary phenomenon, whether you’re a rickshaw driver or the CEO of a major firm,” he added.


As part of the preview session, Namita Gokhale talked about how the International editions of the Jaipur Literature Festival served as a national platform for a wide range of writers – from grassroots talent to strong and popular writers.


Only 100 participants attended JLF, starting in 2006 with only a limited number of authors including Namita Gokhale, Shobha de, William Dalrymple, and 15 others. Over the years, the literary extravaganza has grown in significance and fame with numerous prestigious names from different fields taking part in the festival adding to its huge success.

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This journey isn’t without difficulties though. The Jaipur Literature Festival entered into controversy in 2012 when Salman Rushdie cancelled his all-India tour over threats of assassination with the release of Satanic Verses among the others that created the festival ‘s problems. However, in 2015, the festival stood in its glory and set out on a new path with the organization of the festival in Colorado, USA, and Southbank, London.

Nowadays, this once-small festival has spread its wings in many different locations and made its mark as “the largest free literary festival in the world,” as The Mail calls.

Things to do 

Celebrated Speakers

This is the best chance you’ll get to meet the literary world ‘s brightest and most creative minds. It will be a buffet of knowledge and in these four days you can literally grab it from any stage, stall or room you enter the Diggi Palace. Make sure you keep the Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 schedule handy or your favourite writer or celebrity will miss sharing their secrets of success with the world. At the same time, it will be hard to catch up with various big names in the industry speaking at different venues.


The Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 has various contests and competitions lined up to engage young minds and let them test their skills and creativity. At the festival you can participate in any of the following contests and win exciting prizes:
Blogging Awards
Essay Writing Competition
Quiz Challenge

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You’ll also be surrounded at the JLF by soul-soothing classical music, other than books and literary celebs. You sure wouldn’t want to miss the musical evenings at the Jaipur Literature Festival with noteworthy performances by the big names in the music sector.

The Beautiful Decor

Well, this festival’s atmosphere is something to die for once! Every year, the design team puts their best efforts into making people look at and appreciate a riot of colours and Rajasthani heritage. The event has seen designs made up of everything from colourful umbrellas, lanterns, bangles, glass bottles, drapes to Rajasthani dolls adorning Diggi Palace walls and ceilings during the JLF, blowing everybody’s mind off! It is the best royal way to enjoy the city of Jaipur.

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