Recorded by the organisers, over 170 discussion panels between 240 great minds of the 21st century attending the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) between 17 and 21 January are now available for viewing on YouTube.
In its seventh year, organised at the historical Diggi Royal Palace grounds, the JLF witnessed a dynamic exchange of thoughts and experiences between writers, artists, historians, researchers and economists. Among the most notable participants of this year's festival were two Nobel laureates (Amartya Sen and Harold Varmus), four Booker authors (Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tash Aw and Alison MacLeod), and countless remarkable personalities.
The festival's outstanding discussions, each an hour long, expanded on the core themes found in the panellists' books and experiences to transcend the parameters of literature. Authors, artists and numerous renowned figures engaged in discussions about democracy, power struggles, the art of politics, history and its struggles, the speakers' personal accounts, as well as literature-related topics such as the art of writing, translation, bibliomania, publishing, archiving, women writers or languages.
Since one of the festival's aims was to create free access to such intellectual wealth for all audiences, YouTube channel now serves as an extension of the mission. For those who could not attend this inspiring, albeit jammed-packed event, the online set of recorded panel discussions is a priceless glimpse into the festival's topics and personalities from the comfort of one's home. The recordings will remain an important reference for researchers and writers, as well as those looking for insights on specific topics or the general development of 21st century thought.
To view and listen to the panel discussions visit YouTube channel titled "Jaipur Literature Festival".
Read about Ahram Online's visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival here, and check the photo gallery here.