If anyone is wondering why tents are going up all over the Piazza, it's all in preparation for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival which returns to London this weekend at the British Library presenting a sumptuous showcase of South Asia's literary heritage, oral and performing arts with 31 scheduled events.

In January earlier this year the Library exhibited a fascimile of one of the four original Magna Carta documents from 1215, now held at the British Library in London, at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur (Magna Carta at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.) Hosting the London Festival is a wonderful way of participating in the South Asia Year of Culture besides having an opportunity to showcase our own rich collections from South Asia. These include paintings, miniatures, drawings, over 80,000 manuscripts covering history and poetry to medicine and religion, the writings and papers of diplomats and travellers and administrators, outstanding photography, some 600,000 printed books and periodicals, countless recording and much more besides.

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In a session presented by the Aga Khan Foundation, William Dalrymple joins curators from the British Library, the V & A and leading academics.

In addition to the literary events, there will be musical performances in the piazza and the entrance hall:

  • Morning Music (Saturday): Bhakti: Invoking the Muse with Arundhati Subramaniam & Vidya Shah
  • Evening Music (Saturday): Kabir Cafe with Neeraj Arya
  • Morning Music (Sunday): with Armit Kaur Lohia

If you can't make it, don't forget to visit the BL Treasures Gallery which will be open exhibiting the Dara Shikoh album, Mughal manuscripts and Hindu and Buddhist treasures.

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