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Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

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Poetry is an integral part of art, culture and literature, and in a wider context, it reflects the heritage of a civilization. All set to go hybrid this year, the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 will feature some of the most popular poets of the contemporary world. The Festival will offer a variety of sessions highlighting various aspects of poetry.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

Produced by pioneering performing arts and entertainment organisation Teamwork Arts, the Festival will have a session of readings and conversations. At one such session, writer, poet, translator and activist, Meena Kandasamy will take the audience on a journey navigating the dimensions of self, politics and gender. She has authored critically acclaimed works of poetry, prose and translation such as the Gypsy Goddess, This Poem Will Provoke You, When I Hit You, Exquisite Cadavers, The Orders were to Rape You and Women, Dreaming. Kandasamy and Executive Editor, Penguin Random House India, Manasi Subramaniam, will speak of the weight of words, beliefs, ideologies and the space in-between.

The epic poem, The Light of Asia, by Sir Edwin Arnold first took the world by storm in 1879. Sir Arnold’s rendering of the Bhagavad Gita was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s undisputed favourites. Author and Rajya Sabha member, Jairam Ramesh’s book, The Light of Asia: The Poem that Defined the Buddha, attempts to contextualise and comprehend this important narrative poem that has now become a milestone in Buddhist historiography. Weaving together literary, cultural, political and social history, the book not only helps us understand the Buddha but also explores the life of the multifaceted poet who himself was steeped in Sanskrit literature. In conversation with author and academic Malashri Lal, Ramesh will inspect the form and style of this iconic poem and its everlasting impact on world history.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

At another session concentrated on the political and poetic articulation of the right to belong, Kandasamy and poet Akhil Katyal will be in conversation with eminent journalist Mandira Nayar. They will discuss the voice, strength and cadence of diversity and difference.

Award-winning poet, author, and critic Arundhathi Subramaniam has contributed greatly to contemporary spiritual writing and exploration. At a session titled ‘Women Who Wear Only Themselves: Yoga, Poetry and Culture’, she will be in conversation with the Managing Trustee of Yuva Ekta Foundation Puneeta Roy, to discuss the confluence of literature, culture and yoga, the ultimate practice and meeting-place for individual consciousness and the universe.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

The Festival will also present a ‘Poetry Hour’ –  a series of multivocal poetry readings where different languages, rhythms and styles converge in a joyous celebration of imaginative possibility. Separated in four sessions ‘Poetry Hour’ will feature eminent Rajasthani writer Chandra Prakash Deval; poet and editor Sudeep Sen; award-winning poet and writer Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih who writes in Khasi and English; Rajasthani and Hindi writer and translator Jitendra Kumar Soni; author of over 40 books Anita Agnihotri who writes in Bangla; well-known Rajasthani and Hindi writer Nand Bhardwaj; writer and translator Akhil Katyal; poet, critic, cultural theorist, independent curator and recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award Ranjit Hoskote; writer, poet, translator and activist Meena Kandasamy; publisher and editor of Rajasthan’s first bilingual monthly lifestyle magazine, Simply Jaipur, Anshu Harsh; poet and fiction writer Anukrti Upadhyay; writer and an influential voice in Odia Literature Paramita Satpathy; photographer and writer Devendra Bisaria; Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, editor and anthologist Kala Ramesh; multi-award-winning translator, writer, and literary historian Rakhshanda Jalil.

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 2,000 speakers 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 and the Diggi Palace in the state capital Jaipur.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 to delve deep into poetry’s many facets

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.

Website: www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

About Teamwork Arts:

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 and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad.

Every year, it produces over 25 performing, visual arts and literary festivals in several countries including Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the UK and USA, as well as many eclectic festivals across India. It produces the world’s largest literary gathering: the annual Jaipur Literature Festival; JLF international now travels to the US, UK, Canada, Qatar and Australia.

Even amidst the upheaval and unsettling times of 2020, 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 19 million viewers in January 2021 and brought together the world’s leading commentators and writers. The musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world with sold-out shows everywhere it is held.

More information at: www.teamworkarts.com

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Jaipur/Updated on: February 18th 2022