Jaipur Literature Festival 2016: Parting Words

The Fest ended on Monday night with great fanfare and another amazing evening event, featuring rousing music and wonderful food, this time at the Meridien Hotel on Jaipur’s northern outskirts. I am still processing the many extraordinary experiences over the festival’s jam-packed five days. Highlights popping up in my head: Margaret Atwood and zombies. I … Read more

JLF 2016 – The People

Festival crowds over the weekend were astounding. Some 5000 people packed themselves into the Diggi Palace grounds. Here are some before and after pictures of the main venue to give a flavor of the crowds. After the Sunday, crush, Monday morning seemed relatively empty. Mike and I wondered aloud why they ran the Festival for … Read more

@JLF – The Skavengers

Not all the music at JLF is classical – that’s just where my taste runs. ┬áMost nights, the music definitely trends towards a younger crowd. Here’s the scene on Friday night, when The Skavengers, a band with an “organic melange of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Jazz and Punk with some Cuban and other Latin influences … Read more

#JLF Literature Festival with a social conscience

A core part of the Jaipur Literature Festival’s mission is giving back to the community. Teamwork Arts seeks out local artisans and non-profits, then provides them with free space at the festival to display their wares and promote their causes. A cloth elephant, notecards made from camel dung, and a pashmina scarf (yes, Fran, there’s … Read more