Let literature blow its trumpets! 181 speakers!!

The countdown for one of the much awaited fest having begun, ichronicle team insists you to finalize the visit to Pink City. This time, Themes include ‘The Poetic Imagination’, ‘The Literature of Cinema’, and ‘Art’ including a series of intense and illuminating sessions on art and aesthetics .

21-25 January, 2015 – the fans of literature, bohemian and festivity would find a new destination at Diggi Palace in Jaipur.This year’s programme is one of the most varied and diverse to date, bridging across historical, political and geographical boundaries. The continued world-class programming by Festival Co-Directors Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple has acted as a magnet, pulling together the greatest economists, poets, historians, scientists, film-makers, explorers, playwrights and novelists for a carnival of the mind.

The poetic imagination will havea strong presencein 2015 with Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri being joined by prominent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh,and revered poet Vinod Kumar Shukla. Acclaimed Marathi Dalit writer Urmilia Pawar and Mumbai based thespian Sushma Deshpande will speak of their theatrical collaborations in adapting Pawar’s autobiography Aaydan at the Festival.

Celebrated British poet and great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin, Ruth Padel will be present at Jaipur, along with Festival favourite Simon Armitage, Palestinian American poet Fady Joudah and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Ashok Vajpeyiwho will explore the poetic imagination with discussions cutting across forms and languages. The winner of the first Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize will also be awarded at the Festival.

As an integral part of the Indian narrative, another prominent theme for 2015 will be cinema and its relationship with novels and theatre. Kannada screenwriter, actor, director and winner of the Jnanpith Award Girish Karnadwill be in conversation with prominent contemporary film-makers, and one of Britain’s most in-demand theatre directors, Tim Supple will explore the influence of Shakespeare in contemporary Indian cinema.Cinema giants and firm Festival favourites Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi will once again analyse the chemistry and magic that operates across poetry and Indian cinema.

And of course novelists will be well represented at the Festival with blockbuster writers Amish Tripathi and Chetan Bhagat attending along with bestselling thriller writer Ashwin Sanghi.Man Booker Prize shortlisted writers Will Selfand Sarah Waters, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Amit Chaudhuri, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner and author of A Girl is a Half-formed ThingEimear McBrideand Pakistani-British Granta Best Young Writer nominee Kamila Shamsie will all share insights into their work.

Bringing a global presence to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will be writers from all four corners of the world, including maestros of Nordic Noir Hakan Nesser and Nils Nordberg, as well as Pulitzer-Prize winning American biographer Kai Bird. From Africa, Festival audiences will be able to meet Helon Habila one of the leading lights of Nigerian literature as well as South African Mark Gevisser whose biography of Thabo Mbeki won him international acclaim.

These authors and more will join the list of previously announced participants, which includes Nobel laureateV.S.Naipaul, father of modern travel writingPaul Theroux, 2014 Man Booker Prize nomineeNeel Mukherjee, 2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton and Samuel Johnson Prize winner and author of The Suspicions of Mr. WhicherKate Summerscale.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2015

  1. Aakar Patel
  2. Adam Johnson
  3. Adam LeBor
  4. Ahmed Rashid
  5. Aidan Singh Bhati
  6. Akhil Sharma
  7. Alberto Manguel
  8. Alexander Kozlov
  9. Alexis Wright
  10. Ali Cobby Eckerman
  11. Alka Pande
  12. Ambika Dutt
  13. Amish Tripathi
  14. Amrita Tripathi
  15. Amit Chaudhuri
  16. Anandita Ghose
  17. Anatol Lieven
  18. Anchee Min
  19. Anita Anand
  20. Anu Singh Choudhary
  21. Anupama Chopra
  22. Anuradha Sengupta
  23. Arjun Deo Charan
  24. Arshia Sattar
  25. Aruni Kashyap
  26. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
  27. Arvind Panagariya
  28. Ashok Ferrey
  29. Ashok Malik
  30. Ashok Vajpayei
  31. Ashwin Sanghi
  32. Avantika Sujan
  33. Barry Flood
  34. Basharat Peer
  35. Bettany Hughes
  36. Bibek Debroy
  37. BN Goswamy
  38. Burak Ackapar
  39. Mrunalini
  40. Caryl Ferey
  41. Cat Weatherill
  42. Charles Glass
  43. Chetan Bhagat
  44. Christina Lamb
  45. Christos Tsiolkas
  46. Cornelia Funke
  47. CP Deval
  48. Cyprian Broodbank
  49. Damon Galgut
  50. Daud Ali
  51. Dave Goulson
  52. Deepti Kapoor
  53. Devdutt Pattanaik
  54. Einear McBride
  55. Eleanor Catton
  56. Elizabeth Gilbert
  57. Ella Berthoud
  58. Esther David
  59. Fady Joudah
  60. Florence Noiville
  61. Gary Bass
  62. Gideon Levy
  63. Gilbert King
  64. Girish Karnad
  65. Gopal Prasad Mudgal
  66. Hakan Nesser
  67. Hanif Kureishi
  68. Hansda Sowvendar Shekhar
  69. Harish Bhat
  70. Helon Habila
  71. Hisham Matar
  72. Ibukun Olatunji
  73. Indrajit Hazra
  74. James Astill
  75. Javed Akhtar
  76. Jenny Uglow
  77. Jerry Brotton
  78. Jessie Childs
  79. Joanna Rakoff
  80. John Elliot
  81. John Napier
  82. Jonathan Beckman
  83. Jonathan Gil Harris
  84. Kai Bird
  85. Kalyan Ray
  86. Kamila Shamsie
  87. Kate Summerscale
  88. Kedarnath Singh
  89. Kevin Powers
  90. Kwasi Kwarteng
  91. Somi Roy
  92. Laila Lalami
  93. Lata Sharma
  94. Lauren Child
  95. Llewelyn Morgan
  96. Ma Jian
  97. Madhu Trehan
  98. Mahua Manjhi
  99. Maithree Wickramsinghe
  100. Malchand Tiwari
  101. Malvika Singh
  102. Mamta Dalal Mangaldas
  103. Manasi Subramaniam
  104. Maria Chaudhuri
  105. Mark Gevisser
  106. Meena Kandasamy
  107. Mihir Sharma
  108. Molly Aitken
  109. Mukul Deva
  110. Namita Gokhale
  111. Nand Bhardwaj
  112. Narayan Murthy
  113. Naresh Fernandes
  114. Nasreen Munni Kabir
  115. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  116. Navtej Sarna
  117. Neel Mukherjee
  118. Neil Rennie
  119. Nicholson Baker
  120. Nils Nordberg
  121. Om Thanvi
  122. Parul Sehgal
  123. Paul Theroux
  124. Peter Frankopan
  125. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Burman
  126. Prashant Jha
  127. Prasoon Joshi
  128. Pushpesh Pant
  129. Raghu Karnad
  130. Raj Kamal Jha
  131. Rajdeep Sardesai
  132. Rajendra Singh Bharhath
  133. Rajiv Malhotra
  134. Rakshanda Jalil
  135. Ram Kumar Singh
  136. Ramita Navai
  137. Rohan Murthy
  138. Ruth Padel
  139. S. Nirupam
  140. Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi
  141. Sahar Delijani
  142. Saker Mistri
  143. Salil Tripathi
  144. Salima Hashmi
  145. Sam Miller
  146. Samanth Subramanian
  147. Samit Basu
  148. Sandip Roy
  149. Sangeeta Bandopadhyay
  150. Sarah Waters
  151. Saryu Doshi
  152. Satti Khanna
  153. Scott Anderson
  154. Shanti Raman
  155. Shashi Tharoor
  156. Sheldon Pollock
  157. Shobha Vishwanath
  158. Simon Armitage
  159. Simon Singh
  160. Sudha Murthy
  161. Sukrita Paul Kumar
  162. Sushma Deshpande
  163. Swapan Dasgupta
  164. Tanuja Desai Hidier
  165. Tim Supple
  166. Tishani Doshi
  167. Tom Holland
  168. Tshering Tashi
  169. Urmila Pawar
  170. V S Naipaul
  171. Valmik Thapar
  172. Vedica Kant
  173. Vijay Seshadri
  174. Vinod Kumar Shukla
  175. Waheeda Rehman
  176. Will Self
  177. William Dalrymple
  178. William Pinch
  179. Wipas Srithong
  180. Yatindra Mishra
  181. Zia Haider Rahman

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