The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), is hybridly taking place at Clarks Amer, including an on-ground event from 10 to 14 March 2022. The new venue was chosen in accordance with the Rajasthan government’s latest Covid-19 norms and allows for appropriate social distancing measures in view of the pandemic situation. It is the first major literary festival being held in India after the festivity drought caused by the global crisis.
The festival premises have been beautified with decorations and installations. Necessary Covid-19 precautions are being followed including sanitizer dispensers at key points and entrance areas, distribution of disposable surgical masks throughout the venues, and availability of travel packs of sanitizers at the stages, press rooms, delegate lounge, interaction areas, and conference rooms.
The Festival Bazaar this year is a completely cashless experience in order to minimize the spread of the notorious Coronavirus. Camel milk-based Aadvik Foods products is one of the brands on board this year showcasing its vast range of Camel milk-based chocolates, freeze-dried raw Camel milk powder, Camel milk ghee, Camel milk powder, and Camel colostrum. Tribes India is also displaying its range of traditional arts, crafts, and food products at multiple stalls across the Bazaar. Designer Anam Husain displayed her clothing range, along with Mumbai-based clean protein bar and muesli manufacturer The Whole Truth Foods. The Popular Delhi-based cafe Brown Sugar’s stall offers a scrumptious range of delicacies, along with many other local brands and NGOs showcasing their wares.
Full Circle has an exclusive stall at JLF 2022 replete with special corners featuring the books by the speakers of the day along with others participating in the hybrid event. There is also an exclusive author-signing area outside the store which gives visitors a chance to interact with literary greats and get their copies signed.
Crowds have turned up in droves from the Pink city as well as adjoining states and the far-flung corners of the country alike – to engage in the literary banter and fumes after the drought of the pandemic. Authors, at large, are again happily interacting with their readers and promoting their books.
The JLF 2022 physical edition has seen international participation from the cultural counselors and mavens of several embassies including Canada, Britain, and Italy. Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, and many local and national dailies and magazines such as The Week have helped in sponsoring many of the sessions. The JLF manifestation has made many in the literary community and landscape immensely happy for the opportunity to take part in a face-to-face or in-person event after a long time. Watch this space for more!