Jaipur Literature Festival is an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation founded by Faith Singh and was started as a segment of the Jaipur Heritage International Festival since 2006. The festival was developed into an independent festival of literature in 2008. Vinod Joshi is its regional advisor.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia’s leading literature event besides being a host to national and international writers also encompasses activities including film, music and theatre.

The festival will enter into its eleventh year in 2018. Till date the festival has hosted some of the best-known national and international writers including John Berendt, Kiran Desai, Christopher Hampton, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Nadeem Aslam, Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Simon Schama, Thomas Keneally, Anoushka Shankar, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia among many others.

The Jaipur Literature Festival is held annually in the pink city of Jaipur. The Diggi Palace Hotel is the venue of the festival since last five years. It is recognized as “the grandest literary Festival in Asia” by Miranda Seymour. It is held each year in Jaipur, Rajasthan during the month of January, usually in Durbar Hall, Baithak and Mughal Tent.

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

The Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF) has registered as a non-profit trust in 2002. It has evolved its programmes in association with various local and citizen groups and partners. UNESCO quotes JVF as a platform for common man to showcase his creativity. It is promoted by Jaipur Heritage Trust in U.K. and Les Amis de Jaipur in France. HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, UK is the international patron of JVF.

Jaipur Virasat Foundation works with and for traditional artistes in Rajasthan. It has opened up holistic, culture-based and cross-sector approach to livelihood generation through its various activities, events, advocacy forums and networks to preserve cultural diversity.

JVF focus on the settlement of rural people who have traditional values, arts, crafts and knowledge and struggle for life security and dignity in urban areas.

Creativity and skills are used to cultivate new opportunities for livelihood. It uses knowledge and values of the people virasat to promote social harmony, tolerance and understanding among the people of Rajasthan. It envisages a new and unique Rajasthan where progress and virasat complement each other.

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