Khalid Anis Ansari is Senior Assistant Professor at Glocal Law School, Glocal University, Saharanpur (UP) and broadly works in the field of social and cultural theory with special focus on democratic transformation and subaltern counterpublics, caste and religion, and social histories of the marginalized. He has worked on various research and community development projects and has been associated with democratic movements in North India as an interlocutor and knowledge activist. He was awarded the HIVOS PhD Fellowship—Pluralism Knowledge Programme (2010-2013) for his doctoral work with University of Humanistic Studies (UvH), Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Heta Pandit came to Goa in the monsoon of 1995 and stayed on spearheading the heritage preservation movement in Goa. She founded the Goa Heritage Action Group in October 2000 advocating preservation of Goa's priceless heritage and writing several articles and presentations on the subject. Ms. Pandit is the author of Houses of Goa (with Annabel Mascarenhas), Hidden hands-master builders of Goa, Walking in Goa, In & Around Old Goa, Dust & Other Short Stories from Goa, Walking with Angels and now, There's more to life than a house in Goa.
Amita Kanekar is a novelist and architectural historian, and the author of a new guidebook on the architecture of the Portuguese sea forts of Goa, Chaul, and Vasai, a project commissioned by the Deccan Heritage Foundation. Her novel A Spoke in the Wheel was published by HarperCollins in 2005, and released again in a new edition by Navayana in 2014. She has also published essays on the architecture of the Ikkeri Nayakas of Western Karnataka, is a regular columnist in the Goa press on issues of history, housing, and settlements, and teaches at the Goa College of Architecture. She is currently working on a novel set in the Mughal era.
P Sivakami is a prolific writer, poet and an activist. She has published five novels, four short story collections, five essay collections and two poetry collections. Most of her works are translated in to English and other foreign languages. Her first self translated novel ‘The Grip of Change’, rated as among the first five favourite novels of India by BBC literary review, has been prescribed as a text in translation studies in many colleges. Her second novel ‘The Taming of Women’ was published by Penguin while another novel Kurukku Vettu has been published by the Sahitya Akademi under the title The Cross Section. Sivakami has served the Sahitya Akademi as its advisory member. She founded South India Dalit Writers and Artists Forum in 2002. The forum has successfully organised several seminars and conferences for the writers and awareness camps for the marginalised including the tribal and the transgendered. For the first time the oral traditions of the tribal and the transgendered were published in Tamil through this forum. The continuous struggle by the Dalit Land Right Movement, founded by Sivakami in 2004, has resulted in policy announcement of distribution of 2 acres to the landless and establishing a Commission to restore the Panchami Land to the Dalits by the government. She also founded Women's Forum in 2005 with an objective of creating a support base for the land movement and to promote the cause of downtrodden women. Sivakami is Editor of a monthly literary magazine Pudhiya Kodangi since 1995. The magazine, with over 7000 subscribers in India and abroad, provides space for upcoming Dalit writers and covers issues relating to the marginalised. As an IAS officer from 1980 to 2008, Sivakami served the Government of Tamil Nadu and the central Govt till she voluntarily retired to serve the poor and the disadvantaged. In 2008 she joined BSP and she launched a political party ‘Samuga Samatuva Padai’ in 2010.
A reporter and writer who lives in Bangalore, Halarnkar is the author of “Nirvana Under the Rain Tree”, an early chronicle of India’s internet revolution, and “A Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking -- And Other Dubious Adventures. He is the editor of Indiaspend.org, a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit. He also writes on social and economic change in India, science and technology, the treatment of women and religious affairs. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and most recently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation, Harvard University. A journalist for 24 years, his last full-time job was Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times, where he took a special interest in creating teams of reporters to cover issues of public importance, such as urban renewal, hunger and poverty. A native of Goa, Halarnkar is an enthusiastic cook, the fallout of his culinary experiences finding their way into a popular cooking column that runs in Mint.
Rajshree Bandodkar Karapurkar is involved in popularising science through books and short educational films. She has been conducting workshops for children in hands-on science activities. She is a life member of Association of Friends of Astronomy, executive council member of Indian Association of Physics Teachers (Goa region). So far she has authored books in Konkani, English and Marathi on science and dialogue with nature and sky it includes Vidnyan Yogi, Saimakaden Samvad and Malbakaden Samvad in Konkani, and Space Talks and Taryanchea Vanat Swapnachi Sahal in English and Marathi respectively. She has also conceptualized, written and directed three animation films on nature, zoo and mosquito control. She is a Grade 1 science teacher in Goa.
Ramesh Bhagavant Veluskar is a multifaceted literary personality basically writes in Konkani and has equally written in other Indian languages like Marathi, Hindi. He is a poet of repute in Konkani with his finest articulation in Konkani language and with the help of its rich idiom he re-creates new idiom making the language from rich to richest. He has nine collections of poetry published with different subjects. Collections like Morpakham, Mati, Hiranyagarbha, Saulgori and Zen Kavita are very important. Mr. Veluskar, along with poetry has written lot of prose in the form of essays, travelogues and literary appreciation. In addition to this he loves writing for children too. He has eight books for children. He has translated books of reputed literary figures like Bhas from Sanskrit, Tukaram from Marathi, Tagore from Bangla, Shri Aurobindo, Andha yug from Hindi anid Khalil Gibran very successfully. Mr. Veluskar wrote few dramas which were staged by institutions like Kala Academy’s School of Drama, Rudreshvar and others. He was awarded Shitya Academy Puraskar for his poetry collection Saulgori. Kala Academy Puraskar, Padmashri B.B.Borkar Puraskar, Goa State Cultural Award, Amrut Mohotsav Sanman Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Vardha 2013 and a national award for his SAMUDRAMUDRIKA a poetry collection in Hindi by Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Narayan Ramchandran is father of two girls, husband of writer, social entrepreneur, columnist and emerging market investor in that order. He worked on Wall Street (mostly at Morgan Stanley) for over 20 years, most recently as head of global emerging market investing and then country head of Morgan Stanley in India.
Nitin Pai is a co-founder of Takshashila and a graduate of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), Nanyang Technological University and National College, Bangalore. Nitin spent over a decade working in the Singapore government in various capacities, including deregulation, broadband infrastructure development and strategic technology foresight.
E Sharp is one of Pakistan’s most well-known indie rock bands playing in the Karachi underground since over 4 years. The band has to its credit more than 30 original songs and is have recently released their first album titled 'Bahadur Yaar Jung' which Pakistan’s first concept and double album. The group is also exceptionally well known for its covers of the 60s/70s classic rock age and tribute gigs to legendary bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Doors. The band is currently focusing on producing newer music and performing live. They recently performed their first international show in Dubai in August, 2015 and look forward to reaching a wider audience that transcends national boundaries. Members: Ahmed Zawar – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars; Anwaar Ahmed – Lead Guitars/Vocals; Zia Zaidi – Bass Guitars/Vocals; Qumber Kazmi – Drums/Vocals Genre: Rock/Progressive Rock/Blues