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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 to feature dazzling Heritage Evenings to celebrate the city’s iconic monuments in partnership with Rajasthan Tourism

  • In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will feature two Heritage Evenings at iconic heritage locations in the city – Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal
  • Details of the Heritage Evenings
    • Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal – The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi. Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm
    • A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort – Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singh by Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

Music, theatre and cultural performances will captivate audiences at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 during two glorious Heritage Evenings. In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the Festival will host these grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

 Under the Stars at Hawa Mahal features The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance and theatre production presented by Akademi, the UK’s leading producer of Indian dance, marking the centenary of World War I. It tells a story of love, loss and sacrifice against the horror and conflict of World War I. Inspired by film noir and the era of black and white films, The Troth will recount the story with use of film and subtitles and unfold the poignant narrative through interplay between image, music and dance. Award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke (winner of a UK Theatre Award 2016 for Achievement in Dance) leads the creative team. Through an intense experience, akin to silent films, audiences travel from the repose of rural Punjab in late 1800s to the strife-torn bloodied Belgian trenches. Part of the Reimagine India programme (Arts Council England/British Council) and the UK-India Year of Culture, The Troth features some of the UK’s most exciting and versatile young dancers.

On January 28th, audiences can look forward to A Majestic Evening at Amber Fort, which will begin with a sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri. Ustad Sabri Khan is the son of sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan and is carrying forward the rich legacy of the Sania gharana of Moradabad with single-minded dedication. Kamal, who is from the seventh generation of a distinguished family of traditional musicians, has demonstrated profound versatility in playing the sarangi.

This will be followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi… a tribute to the late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh by singer, songwriter and composer Shekhar Ravjiani. The show first premiered at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore to a standing ovation and brought back to life some of Singh’s legendary ghazals including, ‘Hothon se Choo Lo Tum’, ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, ‘Tumko Dekha’, ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Tum Itna Jo’ and ‘Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo’. It has since gone to Jakarta, Indonesia and after running its U.S. tour in August 2017, it will now enthrall audiences at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018.

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival said, “The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s Heritage Evenings celebrate the built heritage of the state of Rajasthan and highlight its rich cultural and architectural legacy through performing arts showcases. With support from Rajasthan Tourism, we will present some of the best music and theatre performances against the backdrop of over 1000 years of Indian architecture and heritage. These events are exclusively curated to bring our audience closer to Rajasthan’s spellbinding spirit and landscape.”

Entry to the Heritage Evenings are by invitation only. Guests can collect invitations from the Information Desk at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on the days the events are held.

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Journalistic and Media Writing in discussion at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

  • Media and journalistic practices take the stage at the 11th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival as ace journalists from India and across the world, including the likes of Adrian Levy, Azeem Ibrahim, Carlo Pizzati, Falguni Bansal, Jeffrey Gettleman, Justin Rowlatt, L.P. Pant, Michael Rezendes, Peter Bergen, Praveen Swami, Rajendra Bora, Salil Tripathi, Subhash Chandra, Sudhir Chaudhary, Suki Kim, Victor Mallet, Vinod Bhardwaj  and Yash Goyal  gather to discuss the workings of journalistic and media writing.
  • While sessions like On Balance: Journalistic Objectivity, Rajasthan: Badalte Mahaul Mein Media talk of issues closer to home; The Frontline Club, Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth, Among the Insurgents, Across Barbed Wires and Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions bring stories of media from across the world to the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.

From the award-winning investigative stories blowing the cover on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team to the only writer to have ever gone under cover in North Korea, from the dangers involved in reporting live at the frontline during wars to discussions with leading Indian media personalities, the programme at the 11th edition of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 is rich with options for those who wish to get a firsthand knowledge of journalistic and reportage writing. Join some of the top media experts, columnists, editors and reporters as they come together to share their stories.

Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth brings forth the renowned Portuguese-American journalist Michael Rezendes who is a Pulitzer Prize award-winner for his investigative work as a member of The Boston Globe’s legendary Spotlight Team in conversation with Sreenivasan Jain where he speaks of the power of traditional and local reporting, the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism as well as the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape.

In Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions, Suki Kim, the South Korean author of the award-winning novel The Interpreter and the bestselling Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, speaks of her six-month undercover investigation embedded within North Korea in conversation with Michael Breen author of The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation, and talks of her rare encounter with the world’s most dangerous and unknowable country and of the privileged young men she calls ‘soldiers and slaves’.

The Frontline Club is a compelling session where Adrian Levy, Carlo Pizzati, Jeffrey Gettleman, Peter Bergen and Suki Kim in conversation with Suhasini Haidar talk about how Hollywood has long glamourised the war journalist as a hard drinking chancer, taking extreme risks to get the big Pulitzer-winning front page spread. Witness some of the world’s most celebrated foreign correspondents lift the lid on one of the dangerous jobs in journalism, parsing myth from reality.

In Among the Insurgents with Cathy Scott-Clark, Michael Vatikiotis and Peter Bergen are in conversation with Charlie English as they discuss how in this age of terrorism and insurgency, it has never been more important to report accurately on the actions of those who take up arms against established governments. At the same time, never have journalists been in greater danger doing so, and how exactly does one report on resistance fighters who do this without acting as amplifiers for terrorists? The panel, who have studied and spent time with insurgent groups, give their perspective on the practical and moral conundrums of covering insurgencies.

Manhunt: Pakistan and the Search for Bin Laden with Adrian Levy, Cathy Scott-Clark, Peter Bergen and T.C.A. Raghavan in conversation with Suhasini Haidar unpacks the extraordinary inside story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the years after 9/11. Following the attacks on the Twin Towers, bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, eluded intelligence services and Special Forces units for almost a decade. Using remarkable, first-person testimony from his family and closest military aides, this session chronicles an astonishing tale of evasion, collusion and isolation by bringing together three of the world’s greatest experts on Bin Laden: Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, who met and interviewed the man and later was the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it. In conversation with him are Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, authors of The Exile, a landmark work of investigation and reportage and essential reading for anyone concerned with history, security and future relations with the Islamic world.

Moving closer to home, Rajasthan: Badalte Mahaul Mein Media with Falguni Bansal, L.P. Pant, Rajendra Bora, Vinod Bhardwaj and Yash Goyal discuss how the media in Rajasthan have always balanced a local and regional approach with a larger understanding of national and international issues. Rajasthan is India’s largest state in terms of size with an area that comprises approximately 10 percent of India’s landmass and borders with Pakistani Punjab and Sindh. The rich culture and vibrant tourism, the mix of cosmopolitan and traditional culture and the inhospitable terrain and remote rural populations are all a part of its living reality. A key session with Rajasthani media on the social, economic and political issues they report upon, across print and digital, television and radio channels.

Around the world, the media is seeking a balance between neutrality, objectivity, commitment and the search for truth. How does a post-truth era seek perspective and equivalence then? Is inherent bias inevitable? Can the media ever be truly impartial or is it only possible to ‘obtain the best attainable version of the truth’?

On Balance: Journalistic Objectivity features Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Rajeev Punnoli, Sudhir Chaudhary and Vineet Kumar in conversation with Shoma Chaudhury, a crucial session with journalists and editors across ideologies on the search for balance.

Join celebrated and award-winning journalists including several Pulitzer Prize recipients and winners of the Ramnath Goenka Award among other, at the 11th ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 where journalism will be in the ‘spotlight’.

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ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 programme goes live

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 is scheduled to take place from 25 –29 January, 2018 at the Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur Rajasthan.

The much-awaited ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 programme is finally out and can be found on the Festival’s website. The 11th edition of the Festival features 200 sessions spanning a multitude of topics, trends, ideas and genres ranging from fiction, poetry, nonfiction, gender, environment, science, history, liberal arts, journalism, economics, travel and cinema. The programme is a coming together of diverse literary, artistic, and discursive forms and a celebration of perspectives in Indian and global literature.

This year’s marquee sessions include British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, winner of an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Shakespeare in Love, discussing his life and work in a fascinating free-flowing session called The Real Thing; a discussion aptly titled The Great Survivor where Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, and William Dalrymple discuss his life, legacy and leadership through the country’s recent turbulent times, his views on India’s role in Afghanistan past and present and his predictions for the future of his country. In The Bridget Jones’ Diaries, novelist Helen Fielding speaks with publisher Meru Gokhale of the comic and the tragic, film and fiction and Bridget Jones’ bumpy ride to motherhood. In Conspiracy of Bones, which combines crime with popular science, Kathy Reichs, an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, academic and producer of the TV series Bones (loosely based on Reichs’ works), speaks of her writing, popular science and communication, crime and punishment, gender and equity. Writer Akhil Sharma in a session called A Life of Adventure and Delightwill be in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury on his writing and the astonishing intensity and emotional precision he brings to his craft. In The Joy Luck Club, celebrated novelist Amy Tan will speak to Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi about her extraordinary life and her emergence as a writer of stature against many odds. In The Art of Stillness, British-born Indian origin essayist Pico Iyer, who leads a nomadic life between a Benedictine hermitage in California, Nara in Japan and international airports around the world, speaks with writer and historian Patrick French about his life and work, movement and stillness, changelessness and change.

Attendees can look forward to spirited sessions in poetry such as Jan Nisar and Kaifi with Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in conversation with Rakhshanda Jalil; Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods with Tishani Doshi introduced by Jeet Thayil; Nude: The Poet Within in which Vishal Bhardwaj is in conversation with Sukrita Paul Kumar; and a Rajasthani bhasha session Rajasthali: Dharti Ri Koonkh with Bulaki Sharma, Abhimanyu Singh Arha and Reena Menaria in conversation with Arvind Singh Aashiya.

The programme also celebrates the diversity of languages, their enigmatic roots and multifaceted trajectories. In Lok Bhasha: The Oxford Dictionaries Hindi Word of the Year, the announcement of the first ever Oxford Dictionaries ‘Hindi Word of the Year’ will be made at the 2018 edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival followed by a panel discussion with Ashok Vajpeyi, Pankaj Dubey, Saurabh Dwivedi, Vinod Dua and Yatindra Misra in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary on new trends in Hindi usage and writing. In Hindi Medium: Language and Elitism, Annie Montaut, Avinash Das, Satya Vyas and Satyanand Nirupam will examine the value of Hindi, its position as a common language in a multilingual nation, a language steeped in deep literary traditions as well as one that is familiar within both popular culture and the marketplace. In a linguistic leap of faith, the session Shalom: Indian Jewish Fiction, writers Esther David and Sethu speak of ethnicity, community, belonging and the legacy of shared stories.

Intrepid reportage and commitment to bare facts makes journalistic writing a force unto itself. Exploring the many challenges and triumphs from the world of media writing, the programme features sessions like Spotlight: The Hunt for Truth where Portuguese-American journalist Michael Rezendes, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work as a member of The Boston Globe’s legendary Spotlight Team, speaks of the power of traditional and local reporting, the values, veracity and commitment required for investigative journalism as well as the changing definitions of news in the current media landscape. In Undercover in North Korea: Facts and Fictions, writer Suki Kim is in conversation with Michael Breen about her rare encounter with one of the world’s most secretive countries, North Korea, and of the privileged young men she calls ‘soldiers and slaves’. Manhunt: Pakistan and the Search for Bin Laden brings together three of the world’s greatest experts on Bin Laden. Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt, met and interviewed the man and later was the only journalist to gain access to bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound before the Pakistani government demolished it. In conversation with him are Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clerk, authors of The Exile, a landmark work of investigation and reportage on the Islamic world.

Environment and climate change take new shape in River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future, former India correspondent for the Financial Times, Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth and from ancient times to the present day when it is choked with sewage and toxic waste. In Conflicts of Interest: Betrayals of the Earth, a session that addresses the cause and consequence of climate catastrophe, Sunita Narain, Jairam Ramesh and Jeffrey Gettleman are in conversation with Amita Baviskar. Finally, in Waters of Contention: Asian Faultlines, a session that navigates the troubled waters of political geography between India, Pakistan and China, Brahma Chellaney, Michael Buckley, Humphrey Hawksley and Manoj Joshi are in conversation with writer and journalist John Elliott.

The cinema line-up is particularly exciting with Adaptations in which Tom Stoppard, Michael Ondaatje, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nicholas Shakespeare, Mira Nair, Nandita Das and Amy Tan come together in conversation with Chiki Sarkar. In The Perils of Celebrity, Soha Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore speak with Sanjoy K. Roy and in Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political, the indomitable filmmaker is in conversation with Vir Sanghvi. Travel writing gets fleshed out in The Travel Session with the best in the business: Redmond O’Hanlon, Hugh Thomson, Pico Iyer, Raja Shehadeh and Robert Dessaix in conversation with William Dalrymple.

Bringing gender issues to the forefront and bursting feminine stereotypes have always been important programming diktats and more so this year with ‘feminism’ making it as Merriam-Webster’s ‘Word of the Year’ for 2017. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong takes on misogynistic stereotypes and challenges preconceptions about gender and sexual differences. Taking off from Angela Saini’s acclaimed book: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, writer, columnist and feminist Namita Bhandare will be in a charged and powerful conversation with the author and theoretical physicist Lisa Randall to weave a refreshing alternative narrative about women’s bodies and minds. Another equally illuminating session, Indian Women Mystics: From the Rishikas to the Bhakti Poets delves deep into history and looks at the Rigveda in which 27 women poets had their work represented, works which are contemplative, grand and yet resonating with the pathos of the human condition. Translator Philip A. Lutgendorf will be in conversation with Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati, author of Rishikas of the Rigveda, and Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet, author and editor of the anthology, Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry.

In its 11th edition, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival lives up to its promise of being the grand dame of diversity, magnitude and sheer range in programming – there is something here for everyone, much to explore and to suit every literary palate!

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival sets literary conversations, debates and dialogue against the backdrop of built and cultural heritage including curated art installations, world music performances at the Music Stage and cultural evenings at heritage venues like the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.

While entry to the Festival is free and open to all, attendees can choose to purchase Festival Delegate Packages, which offer a special experience of the Festival and will take them on a compelling cultural journey. In addition to enjoying the programme, delegates get access to the Delegate Lounge, dedicated sessions, free entry to the Music Stage, invites to the special cultural evenings, official Festival merchandise, lunches and dinners with authors and fellow delegates, a cocktail evening and much more.

Marquee Sessions – Academy Award-winning British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard in The Real Thing, former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai in The Great Survivor, novelist Helen Fielding discussing her most popular work in The Bridget Jones’ Diaries, American crime writer, forensic anthropologist, academic and producer of the TV series BonesKathy Reichs in Conspiracy of BonesAkhil Sharma in a session called A Life of Adventure and Delight, celebrated novelist Amy Tan in The Joy Luck Club and award-winning essayist Pico Iyer in The Art of Stillness.

PROGRAMME DETAILS:

Nearly 200 sessions spanning a diverse range of topics, trends, ideas and genres. Themes include fiction, poetry, nonfiction, gender, environment, science, history, liberal arts, journalism, economics, travel and cinema. The programme can be accessed on the website https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/programme.

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Registrations for Volunteers and Workshops now open !

The countdown has begun to The Jaipur Art Summit !

This year , the Jaipur Art Summit will provide you an unique opportunity to participate in various different styled art workshops. From charcoal painting to fabric art, cartooning, voice modulation, bharatnatyam, zetangle art, terracotta, recycling art and waste fibre paintings.

Explore what you never experienced !! Explore Jaipur Art Summit!!#BeThere 14th to 18th December 2017, Ravindra Manch, Jaipur

Registrations for Volunteers is now open for the Summit – http://www.jaipurartsummit.in/volunteer

Workshops at Jaipur Art Summit

Workshop schedule for Jaipur Art Summit 2017.

Now you can register online for Workshops to avoid onspot registration hassle.

Visit the given link to register:- http://www.jaipurartsummit.in/workshops-reg.html

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Visit to the heritage village at Chokhi Dhani

Has it happened to you, that during a conversation someone mentions the name of a place and the name pops up when you are closer to it …. I guess it’s Universe’s way of saying you have to go there !

This is what happened with Choki Dhani, I thank my sister in law for mentioning the place as she had been there earlier… and she told me don’t miss it if you get the chance between your work.

Yes, the visit to Jaipur was an official tour but I got one day to explore and use it to my leisure… so after a day spent in retail therapy ( can we live without it … wink wink) I set off to chokhi dhani earlier and wanted to reach there before the sunset to capture pictures in the natural light.

I totally loved the way they were welcoming the guests with the traditional tilak on the head and dhol musicians playing just before you enter the lobby. Couldn’t take a picture of myself though !

It was nice ambiance as you enter the lobby in the traditional decor so typical of Jaipur. Your entry to the village is through your dinner booking at the lobby … you have the option of sitting in the open or take the air conditioned dining in a separate area. Of course the weather in August was so amazing that you don’t want to spend it in air conditioning (living in Dubai, we are in it all year round). So done with my dinner booking I entered inside the place and was in awe of the simplicity and beauty of the whole setup !

Entrance of Chokhi Dhani

There are small food and chat corners, rope walker, different folk dances by local artists, henna design, elephant and camel rides and an amazingly designed play area for children. There was a wrestlers ring as well !! Really and there were some guests trying to show off muscle ..hahaha it was so funny watching people with a pot belly wrestling with professionals ! but who cares when you are of a sporting nature !

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There are nice places to rest and sit and enjoy the setup. The dinner starts to be served from 6.30 … oh but do enjoy the dances and the henna before you go for the food… I am an early eater so I went in for dinner and then decided to explore the handicraft market – Kalagram and also the haldi ghatti setup with the historic representation of the story of Maharana Pratap. But a little bit of henna on the hand was lovely by the village artist.

The Dining hall was built like a hut with the food serving station in the center and the seating was of course on the floor with food being served in eco-friendly vessels. Well if you are a weight watcher then good luck to you …. you need to be on a slightly empty stomach to enjoy the food or have a good appetite. The traditional daal batthi churma, with gathe ki sabji and different rotis to go with it and chaas …oh gosh … writing about it is only having me drooling about the food.  The amazing thing I loved was the lighted walls with the diyas .. it gave such a soft and soothing effect to dining !

Enjoyed a little entertainment before the dinner …

After dinner it was the Haldi Ghatti and Kalagram shopping of handicrafts … here are a few pictures !

In all a lovely village setting with nice dinner and activities with light entertainment for everyone … the weather gave it the little chill that a desert should be associated with … the nights are cooler.

Tirupathi Temple live size representation

And after all the indulging in the kalagram with handicraft shopping … I bid farewell to a relaxed and light evening surrounded by heritage and culture at Chokhi Dhani !

Ram Ram Sa … good bye the rajasthani way

Ram Ram Sa …. till next time

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Indian Photography Fest in Hyderabad from 21 Sep 2017

The Indian Photography Festival (IPF) – Hyderabad, a Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation, is an international photography festival, showcasing a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, book launches, screenings, workshops etc. The IPF creates a platform for the professional and aspiring photographers, the photography lovers and the public where the festival promotes the art of photography at the same time address the social issues through the medium of photography. The IPF 2017 will take place at the State Gallery of Art – Hyderabad, from 21st Sept – 8th Oct.

Having various speakers, panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops and gallery displays from different photographers and foundations as well, it is a treat for enthusiasts of photography!

Please visit their website – www.indianphotofest.com or you can drop an email to them –  info@indianphotofest.com

Remember to mention from where you heard about them.