The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival taking place in the Indian city of Jaipur since 2006. Asia's biggest literary festival, it was described by Miranda Seymour in the Mail on Sunday of 10 August 2008 as "the grandest literary Festival of them all".
The Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the main venue of the festival. It is held each year in Jaipur, Rajasthan during the month of January, usually in the Hall of Audience and gardens of the Diggi Palace in the city centre, and celebrates excellence in Rajasthani, Indian and International writing
The festival directors are the writers Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple and is produced by Sanjoy Roy of Teamwork Productions. The Festival is an Initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation founded by Faith Singh, originally as a segment of the Jaipur Heritage International Festival in 2006, and developed into a free-standing festival of literature standing on its own feet in 2008. JVF's Community Director Vinod Joshi is its regional advisor. The Jaipur Heritage International Festival is an initiative of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation. All events at the festival are free and not ticketed.
The festival gained international media attention in 2012, because of a number of events related to Salman Rushdie and the Satanic Verses controversy. In recent years it faces media criticism and lampooning due to its perceived elitism, irrelevance, commercialization of literature and dependence on celebrities.
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... See also The Satanic Verses controversy The 2012 festival was held from 20–24 January, with the talk show host Oprah Winfrey and author Salman Rushdie among the names announced in advance ... Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar who have fled Jaipur on the advice of officials at the Jaipur Literature Festival after reading excerpts from The Satanic Verses, which is banned ... video link session between Rushdie and the Jaipur Literature Festival ran into difficulty after the government pressured the festival to stop it ...
24 January 2012 – Events of the Jaipur Literature Festival The vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, an Islamic school in India, issues a demand that Rushdie ... Rushdie ultimately decides not to attend the festival, citing reports of possible assassination attempts ... Meanwhile, police seek Ruchir Joshi, Jeet Thayil, Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar who flee Jaipur on the advice of officials at the Jaipur Literature Festival after reading excerpts from The Satanic Verses ...
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