Jaipur Literature Festival announces a stellar line-up for its 2023 edition

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HAY-ON-WYE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 28: Indian politician and novelist Shashi Tharoor attends the Hay Festival on May 28, 2011 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

Celebrating the power of literature, the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is all set to run from 19th- 23rd January 2023. The literary extravaganza will feature an esteemed host of speakers, writers, and humanitarians for its 2023 edition in the pink city of Jaipur to celebrate the best of fiction, non-fiction, food, history, current affairs and politics, AI and technology, translations, poetry, adaptations and music, language, climate crisis, noir, identity, medicine and health, and cryptocurrency and economy at Hotel Clarks, Amer, Jaipur

The final set of speakers, announced today, comprises some of the world’s best thinkers, writers, and speakers, including writer Akshaya Mukul; author Alka Saraogi; author Amia Srinivasan; publisher Ananda Devi; Pulitzer-Prize winning author Caroline Elkins; academic David Wengrow; 2022 Hasselblad Award recipient Dayanita Singh; member of Lok Sabha Feroze Varun Gandhi; Indian Monk and the winner of the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award, Gaur Gopal Das; flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia; scriptwriter, lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar; author Jonathan Freedland; award-winning correspondent for The Guardian Luke Harding; academic and author Maryam Aslany; author Merlin Sheldrake; CEO of cult.fit Mukesh Bansal and Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited Nandan Nilekani.

The much-anticipated list goes on to mention filmmaker Onir; historian and writer Orlando Figes; 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts P Sainath; Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award and the JLF Mahakavi Kanhaiya Lal Sethia Awardee Ranjit Hoskote; historian and academic Ruth Harris; economist and writer Sanjeev Sanyal; author and practising senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal; author and politician Shashi Tharoor; Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Siddhartha Mukherjee; internationally bestselling author Simon Sebag-Montefiore; writer and rapper Sumit Samos; author Toby Walsh; Director of the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance Tristam Hunt;  renowned pop singer Usha Uthup; writer Vidya Krishnan; political scientist Yascha Mounk; and translator of the winning novel of JCB prize for Literature 2022, Baran Farooqi. The Festival will also feature some of the award-winning historians like Tom Holland, Alex von Tunzelmann, David Olusoga, Edward Chancellor, and Katy Hessel, amongst others. 

The previously announced list of speakers includes eminent journalist, writer and translator Arunava Sinha; Sahitya Akademi Award winner Aruna Chakravarti; award-winning writer Ana Filomena Amaral; leading bi-lingual editor, writer and translator Manisha Chaudhry; Padmabhushan awardee Mridul Kirti; and former diplomat Navdeep Suri.

The 2023 edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival will offer an immersive experience of literature, discourse, musical performances, art installations, merchandise, local cuisine and more to all art, literature and culture enthusiasts gathered to bask in the glory of the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’. Celebrating the uniting power of language, the Festival will provide an inclusive platform to all Indian and multiple foreign languages with sessions spread across 5 venues with over 250 speakers. To register for the Festival, visit https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/registration

  1. Aanchal Malhotra 
  2. Adam Burakowski
  3. Ahlawat Gunjan
  4. Ajit Rai
  5. Akkai Padmashali
  6. Akshaya Mukul
  7. Alex Renton
  8. Alex von Tunzelmann
  9. Alexandra Pringle
  10. Alka Pande
  11. Alka Saraogi
  12. Ambarish Satwik
  13. Amia Srinivasan
  14. Amrish Kumar
  15. Ananda Devi
  16. Anirudh Kanisetti
  17. Anirudh Suri
  18. Anita Anand
  19. Anna Della Subin
  20. Anna Keay
  21. Antony Beevor
  22. Archana Mirajkar
  23. Arshiya Sethi
  24. Artemis Cooper
  25. Avay Shukla
  26. Ayushi Rastogi 
  27. Baran Farooqi
  28. Bee Rowlatt
  29. Bipin Shah
  30. BN Goswamy
  31. Bulbul Sharma
  32. C Raja Mohan
  33. Carol M Black
  34. Caroline Elkins
  35. Chandra Prakash Deval
  36. David Olusoga
  37. David Raubenheimer
  38. David Wengrow
  39. Dayanita Singh
  40. Devapriya Roy
  41. Durjoy Datta
  42. Edmund de Waal
  43. Edward Chancellor
  44. Emily Perkins
  45. Enakshi Ganguly
  46. Eswar Prasad
  47. Eugenia Kuznetsova
  48. Feroze Varun Gandhi
  49. Frank Báez
  50. Gaur Gopal Das
  51. Gayatri Sinha
  52. Géraldine Lenain
  53. Hariprasad Chaurasia
  54. Harsha V Dehejia
  55. Helene Bukawoski
  56. Hindol Sengupta
  57. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson
  58. Ira Mukhoty
  59. Javed Akhtar
  60. JJ Singh
  61. John Keay
  62. John Zubrzycki
  63. Jonathan Freedland
  64. Joseph Sassoon
  65. Kanishka Gupta
  66. Katy Hessel
  67. Kavita Puri
  68. Kavita Singh
  69. Kinshuk Gupta
  70. Kishwar Desai
  71. Kjell Ola Dahl
  72. Kris Manjapra
  73. Kristin Roskifte
  74. Lakshmi Puri 
  75. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
  76. Luke Harding
  77. Madhushree Ghosh
  78. Mahmood Mamdani
  79. Makarand R. Paranjape
  80. Malashri Lal
  81. Manasi Subramaniam
  82. Mandira Nayar
  83. Manoj Joshi
  84. Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
  85. Marcus du Sautoy
  86. Maryam Aslany
  87. Meena Kandasamy
  88. Meghnad Desai
  89. Merlin Sheldrake
  90. Meru Gokhale
  91. Michael Vatikiotis
  92. Mikhail Zygar
  93. Miranda Seymour
  94. Mugdha Sinha
  95. Mukesh Bansal
  96. Mukulika Banerjee
  97. Nand Bhardwaj
  98. Nandan Nilekani
  99. Nandini Das
  100. Nandini Nair
  101. Nasreen Munni Kabir
  102. Naushad Forbes
  103. Navin Chawla
  104. Nayanjot Lahiri
  105. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
  106. Nilanjana S Roy
  107. Nishtha Gautam
  108. Onir
  109. Onyeka Nwelue
  110. Orlando Figes
  111. P Sainath
  112. Pheroza Godrej
  113. Pia Brancaccio
  114. Pragya Tiwari
  115. Prajwal Parajuly
  116. Praveen Swami
  117. Preeti Vyas
  118. Priyam Gandhi-Mody
  119. Priyanka Khanna
  120. Radha Chakravarty
  121. Raell Padamsee
  122. Rajiv Shukla 
  123. Rajmohan Gandhi
  124. Rakhshanda Jalil
  125. Ranjit Hoskote
  126. Rati Saxena
  127. Ravina Aggarwal
  128. Ravindra Rathee
  129. Rebecca Wragg Sykes
  130. Richard Blurton
  131. Rick Stroud
  132. Rohini Nilekani
  133. Rosinka Chaudhuri
  134. Ruth Harris
  135. Sandeep Purohit
  136. Sanjeev Sanyal
  137. Sanjoy K Roy
  138. Santanu Das
  139. Sarosh Zaiwalla
  140. Sathya Saran
  141. Saurabh Kirpal
  142. Saurav Jha
  143. Seema Sirohi
  144. Shailendra Raj Mehta
  145. Shashi Tharoor
  146. Shombi Sharp
  147. Shovana Narayan
  148. Shrabani Basu
  149. Shyam Saran
  150. Siddharth Dasgupta
  151. Siddhartha Mukherjee
  152. Simon Sebag-Montefiore
  153. Sohini Roychowdhury
  154. Srishti Jha
  155. Sudeep Sen
  156. Suhasini Haidar
  157. Sumit Samos
  158. Sunita Pant Bansal
  159. Surina Narula
  160. Surinder S Jodhka
  161. Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin
  162. Tansen Sen
  163. Tanuj Bhojwani
  164. Tarun Khanna
  165. Toby Walsh
  166. Tom Holland
  167. Tripurdaman Singh
  168. Tristam Hunt
  169. Tshering Tashi
  170. Udayan Mitra
  171. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi
  172. Usha Uthup
  173. Vaishali Mathur
  174. Vandana Saxena Poria
  175. Vandana Shiva
  176. Varud Gupta
  177. Vidya Krishnan
  178. Vidya Shah
  179. Vijay Gokhale 
  180. Vivek Tejuja
  181. Warwick Ball
  182. William Dalrymple
  183. Yamini Aiyar
  184. Yascha Mounk
  185. Yashaswini Chandra

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