Zee Jaipur Literature Festival @ The British Library

The British Library will be transformed like never before as the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival animates its iconic spaces for the first time in celebration of a significant cultural partnership. ZEE JLF@The British Library will present a sumptuous showcase of South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, music, cinema and illusion, books and ideas, dialogue and debate, Bollywood and politics in the context of this broader view of India and its relationship to the UK. Over 70 eminent authors and thinkers from across the globe will explore ‘The Idea of India’ in a programme which takes its inspiration from the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence.

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The Festival runs 20 &21 May. https://www.bl.uk/events/ zee-jaipur-literature-festival   


Programme highlights include; Director, Producer & Screenwriter Karan Johar discusses his frank and riveting memoir, An Unsuitable Boy, Oscar-winning British director Stephen Frears who will be in conversation with journalist and writer Shrabani Basu to discuss Basu’s book Victoria and Abdul which is soon to be released as a major motion picture directed by Frears and starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria. The Beatles in India: The Rishikesh Trip which will see writer, playwright & music historian Philip Norman in conversation with leading Indian journalist Ajoy Bose in a fascinating session that explores the magic and mystery of the Beatles in India nearly 50 years since their trip to Rishikesh and literary exiles and migrants Amit Chaudhuri, MeeraSyal, Prajwal Parajuly and Lila Azam Zanganeh compare notes on whether emigration positively affects the writing of an author in Migrant Words. Panellists including Indian MP’s Swapan Dasgupta and Shashi Tharoor discuss the enduring mystery of India’s fascination with P.G. Wodehouse one of the most popular English language writers in India and broadcaster Anita Anand and festival co-director William Dalrymple will discuss their book Kohinoor which explores the many mysteries which shroud the world’s most famous diamond alongside many more events which make up a packed programme of literary debate and social dialogue.   


The energetic folk fusion band Kabir Café will play the music stage on Saturday 20th  May in the evening.  https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=NXYNibZg7tY


This is one of the first major Indian activities in the UK as part of the UK-India Year of Culture in 2017 which will showcase the cultural diversity of India in the UK.