ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Weekend Pass

Jaipur Literary Festival

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Enjoy a full weekend taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’

This ticket option gives you access to both Saturday and Sunday festival events. Tickets for India Sutra should be purchased separately.

Directed by writers Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple, the iconic ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival takes place every January in the Pink city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, as writers, publishers, literature-lovers, friends, patrons, intellectuals, influencers, students and the press converge at the Diggi Palace for five days of a stunning celebration of literature, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, debate and dialogue.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival returns to the British Library for the second time, and its fifth London edition.  A packed programme of talks and performances animate three venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas.

The programme is subject to change. Please check back for regular updates

Please note that entry to sessions are on a first come first served basis and will be subject to capacity.


Saturday 9 June 2018

09.30 Registration open

10.00 Piazza Pavilion
Morning Music
Deepa Nair Rasiya

10.45 – 11.45 Piazza Pavilion
Letters From Gandhi
Faisal Devji and Tridip Suhrud in conversation with Alex von Tunzelmann.

10.45 – 11.45 Durbar Theatre
The Two Koreas: Facts and Fictions
Suki Kim in conversation with Salil Tripathi

10.45 – 11.45 Mughal Courtyard
Lost Ragas
Katherine Butler Schofield in conversation with Michael Bywater

12.00 – 13.00 Piazza Pavilion
Railways and the Raj
Christian Wolmar, Shashi Tharoor and Monisha Rajesh in conversation with Pragya Tiwari

12.00 – 13.00 Durbar Theatre
Nainsukh and Manaku: Two of the Greatest Indian Painters of the 18th Century?
B N Goswamy in conversation with William Dalrymple

12.00 – 13.00 Mughal Courtyard
Himalayan Connections
Andrew Duff, Emma Slade, Janice Pariat, and Prajwal Parajuly in conversation with Namita Gokhale

13.15 – 14.15 Piazza Pavilion
Songs of the Sufi: Bulleh Shah and Shah Abdul Latif
Christopher Shackle and Navtej Sarna in conversation, with musical renditions by Amrit Kaur Lohia

13.15 – 14.15 Durbar Theatre
Ideas of Democracy
Brian Klaas, Helena Kennedy, Salman Khurshid and Sunil Khilnani in conversation with Ornit Shani

13.15 – 14.15 Mughal Courtyard
The Storytellers
Anuradha Roy and Preti Taneja in conversation with Georgina Godwin

14.30 – 15.30 Piazza Pavilion

Cricket and Nationalism

Mike Brearley, Shashi Tharoor and Ashok Ferrey in conversation with Ashis Ray

14.30 – 15.30 Durbar Theatre
The Travel Session
Bee Rowlatt, Hugh Thomson and Monisha Rajesh in conversation with William Dalrymple

14.30 – 15.30 Mughal Courtyard
Islamic Calligraphy
Bruce Wannell, Mehreen Chida-Ravzi and Saquib Babri in conversation with Nur Sobers Khan

15.45 – 16.45 Piazza Pavilion
100 Years of the Suffragette
Anita Anand, Angela Saini and Helena Kennedy in conversation with Bee Rowlatt.

Presented by Asia House.

15.45 – 16.45 Durbar Theatre
The Commonwealth of Nations
Philip Murphy, Rita Payne, Salil Tripathi,Y K Sinha in conversation with John Elliott

15.45 – 16.45 Mughal Courtyard
The Fictional Leap
Maha Khan Phillips and Navtej Sarna in conversation with Jaishree Misra

17.00 – 18.00 Piazza Pavilion
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World
Maya Jasanoff in conversation with William Dalrymple

17.00 – 18.00 Durbar Theatre
Jan Nisar and Kaifi
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in conversation with Saif Mahmood

Presented by Rajasthan Tourism

17.00 – 18.00 Mughal Courtyard
Waste of a Nation
Katherine Boo and Robin Jeffrey in conversation with Pragya Tiwari.

Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

18.15 – 19.15  Piazza Pavilion
Gardens of Paradise
Jurgen Van der Tas, Philippa Vaughan, Mehreen Chida-Ravzi, Tom Stuart-Smith and Nur Sobers-Khan in conversation with William Dalrymple

18.15 – 19.15 Durbar Theatre

Exile and Insurgency
Adrian Levy, Azeem Ibrahim and Wendy Law Yone in conversation with Faisal Devji

18.15 – 19.15 Mughal Courtyard
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods
Tishani Doshi introduced by Janice Pariat

Sunday 10 June 2018

09.30 Registration open

10.00 – 10.30 Piazza Pavilion
Morning Music
Azeem Ahmed Alvi

10.45 – 11.45 Piazza Pavilion

Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death: Fact and Fiction

Ashis Ray and Anita Bose Pfaff in conversation with Somnath Batabyal

10.45 – 11.45 Durbar Theatre

Initiations: Writing Race

Kayo Chingonyi and Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Prajwal Parajuly

10.45 – 11.45 Mughal Courtyard
Empire of Enchantment
John Zubrzycki in conversation with Vayu Naidu

12.00 – 13.00 Piazza Pavilion
Culture and Continuity: Sites of Memory

Kishwar Desai, Roly Keating, Suhair Khan and Matt Reed, moderated by Sanjoy K. Roy

12.00 – 13.00 Durbar Theatre
Shabana Azmi: The Word Set Free
Shabana Azmi in conversation with Sangeeta Datta

12.00 – 13.00 Mughal Courtyard
Indian Princes Versus the Raj
Charles Allen, Jon Wilson and Moin Mir in conversation with William Dalrymple

13.15 – 14.15 Piazza Pavilion
The Last Vicereine
Alex Von Tunzelmann, Barney White-Spunner and Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang in conversation with Sunil Khilnani

13.15 – 14.15 Durbar Theatre

The View from Raisina Hill
Meghnad Desai, Suhel Seth, Dinesh Patnaik and John Elliott in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

13.15 – 14.15 Mughal Courtyard
The Reading Room
Bulbul Sharma, Janice Pariat and Prajwal Parajuly in conversation with Vayu Naidu

14.30 – 15.30 Piazza Pavilion
Ghosts of Empire
Maya Jasanoff, Charles Allen and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Kwasi Kwarteng.

14.30 – 15.30 Durbar Theatre
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Katherine Boo in conversation with Bee Rowlatt

Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

14.30 – 15.30 Mughal Courtyard
Translations...An Equal Music
Daniel Hahn, Gabriel Rosenstock and Tridip Suhrud in conversation with Arunava Sinha, introduced by Namita Gokhale.

15.45 – 16.45 Piazza Pavilion
The Archaeological Survey of India and the Historical Imagination 
George Michell and William Dalrymple in conversation with Malini Roy

15.45 – 16.45 Durbar Theatre
Islam and Modernity
Javded Akhtar, Saif Mahmood, Pinky Anand and Salman Khurshid. Moderated by Christophe Jaffrelot

15.45 – 16.45 Mughal Courtyard
Scenes From a Marriage
Meena Kandasamy, Neelima Dalmia Adhar and Jaishree Misra in conversation with Ashok Ferrey

17.00 – 18.00 Piazza Pavilion
One Thousand and One Nights
Paulo Lemos Horta and Marina Warner in conversation with John Zubrzycki

17.00 – 18.00 Durbar Theatre
Churchill: Hero or Anti Hero
David Edgerton, Kwasi Kwarteng, Shashi Tharoor and Zareer Masani, moderated by Mukulika Banerjee

17.00 – 18.00 Mughal Courtyard
Stringed Instruments: A Musical Journey
Somjit Dasgupta in conversation with Somnath Batabyal


Name: ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Weekend Pass
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Full Price: £30.00
Member: £25.00
Senior 60+: £27.00
Student: £25.00
Registered Unemployed: £25.00
Under 18: £25.00
Friend of the British Library: £25.00
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