Literary Festivals

Zee Jaipur Literature Festival

304918-zee-litfestThe largest FREE literary festival on earth, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world.

From Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to debut novelists, every January the most remarkable, witty, sensitive and brilliant collection of authors come together for five days of readings, debates and discussions at the beautiful Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital.

JLF, which began in 2006, is now regarded as a cultural catalyst within India and around the world, exposing audiences to a constant flow of ideas. Featuring live music sessions and interactive workshops, the Festival provides a space to dare, dream and imagine.

A founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival along with William Dalrymple, Namita Gokhale is committed to showcasing literature from across the Indian languages.


Every year, the Jaipur Literature Festival travels to London with a creative caravan of writers and thinkers, poets and balladeers. Showcasing South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage, JLF at Southbank is an intense teaser of what has been declared the ‘greatest literary show on earth’. The London edition of JLF retains and resonates with the unique spirit of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, and brings together a day of talks, music and readings. In true JLF Fashion the weekend begins with music and finishes with a debate.
JLF at Southbank is held in collaboration with Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture.

JLF at Boulder

JLF-boulderFrom the plains of the pink city, come fall, JLF travels to the United States of America. Beautiful Boulder is known for its 300 days of sunshine per year and its highly educated, professional population of more than 100,000.

A unique international literary festival, JLF in Boulder, Colorado is a platform for South Asia’s many literatures and a congruence of Native American, Latino, African-American, Asian-American, and regional literature.The festival juxtaposes oral and performative arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate, Bollywood and politics.




Mountain Echoes

Logo_1000pxThe festival is seen as a window to unmask the shrouded mystery of beautiful Bhutan by both celebrating its literature, art, culture and music and by bringing a host of writers and artists into its midst. The festival is an initiative by the India-Bhutan Foundation and is produced by Siyahi .

Namita Gokhale is founder and co-director of the Mountain Echoes festival.




Crime Writer’s Festival

HT-CWF-LogoThe Crime Writers Festival is a literary festival held annually in New Delhi in January bringing together crime fiction in all its forms—from crime and thriller writers from across the world to noted scriptwriters and directors, the festival examines the genre of crime fiction to see how it influences society and reflects the blurring lines of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in our ever-evolving societies. According to Namita, narratives based on crime serve as a barometer, a lens through which we can judge and understand society.

She is founder of the Crime Writer’s Festival.