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Music at Jaipur Literature Festival #JLFSOUTHBANK

I’ve never before been to a literature festival that began each day with live music, or one that ended with a massive musical bang!

Both Saturday and Sunday began with the beautiful voice of Saberi Misra, accompanied by Dhanraj Persaud on tabla and Prabhat Rao on harmonium. They are all students at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, an Indian cultural institution teaching music, dance and languages as well as hosting other exhibitions and cultural programmes. Over 900 students attend the Bhavan. Continue reading

Street Food at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 #JLFSOUTHBANK

Whenever anyone in or around the Southbank Centre needed food, there was a Kerb food market with lots of stalls selling South Asian street food, juice bars, a cocktail bar and a stall selling jelly coconuts that ran out of stock before the first day had ended. The glorious weather made it a pleasure to sit outdoors amidst the hustle and bustle of the market and people watch while eating lunch or taking a much needed drink.

Both food and drink in one shell!

Both food and drink in one shell!

Perfect for a warm day in May!

Perfect for a warm day in May!

On Saturday, I tucked in to a masala dosa washed down with coconut water straight from the coconut. On Sunday, it was a chicken wrap and a refreshing virgin mohito quenched my thirst, made specially for me as the cocktail stall didn’t sell non-alcoholic drinks.

 

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 #JLFSOUTHBANK

I attended the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 at the Southbank Centre, London on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May. It was a busy weekend packed with talks, panels, lively debate, a Foyles book stall, book signings, a multitude of writers, activists, politicians, businessmen and even a Bollywood movie star. As is always the case with literature festivals, there were so many sessions on offer at the same time it was inevitable that sacrifices had to be made and V.S. Naipaul was sacrificed for a discussion on the Partition. There was sadness and celebration for a life that had been snatched away as people remembered Sabeen Mahmud who had been murdered only weeks before.

Shabana Azmi, Urvashi Butalia and friend smile for the camera.

Shabana Azmi, Urvashi Butalia and friend smile for the camera.