From inception in 2010, the unique, homegrown, volunteer-driven and non-profit Goa Arts and Literary Festival (GALF) has rapidly emerged as one of the premier cultural showcases of India.
Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research engages the poetics and politics of sexuality, colonialism and historiography in South Asia. She is the author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke University Press, 2009, Orient Blackswan, India, 2010), winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2010. She is currently writing a history of the Gomantak Maratha Samaj in colonial British
Neck deep in haiku, her face barely visible, Kala Ramesh, an award winning poet has been instrumental in bringing school children and college youth into haiku. Indian music being extempore in nature, has taught Kala to think within and without the box â€” to be creative, daring and innovative and still adhere to the demands of an art form. Her latest obsession is to paint city walls with haiku, to weave in a pause, a breather into our hectic lives!
Mini Krishnan edits literary translations for Oxford University Press (India) where she sources fiction, plays, travelogues, autobiographies and biographies from 14 Indian languages. She writes a monthly column on Translation for The Hindu and is Member, Indian Literature Abroad, a Ministry of Culture initiative to promote Indian writers in six UNESCO languages. She served as PAC Member, National Translation Mission (2006-2013); she was the Founding Editor of the South Asia Women Writers Website hosted by the British Council (2004-6) and the Literary Advisor to The Hindu (1992-98).She is the Series Editor of the Oxford Novellas and was Project Editor, Modern Indian Novels in Translation (Macmillan India 1992-2000).
Ravi Singh is publishing director, Speaking Tiger. Before this, he was publisher and chief editor with Penguin India and co-publisher with Aleph Book Company. www.speakingtigerbooks.com
Lucy Burns is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her monograph, Puro Arte: On the Filipino Performing Body (NYU Press, 2012), won the Outstanding Book Award in Cultural Studies, Asian American Studies Association, 2012. Her publications include The Color of Theater (edited with Roberta Uno), essays in Dance Research Journal and Women & Performance, and a forthcoming edited collection, California Dreaming: Production and Aesthetics in Asian American Art. As a dramaturg, Burns has worked on plays and interdisciplinary performances engaging topics such as the politics of Latinidad through salsa dancing, black male sexuality, and global labor export.
Arun Khopkar got his diploma in film direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. His films on various art forms have won many national and international awards, including the Golden Lotus, the highest national award in India, which he won three times. He is a former Homi Bhabha Fellow. He is an internationally acknowledged authority on Sergei Eisenstein's aesthetic theories. He has contributed seminal papers at various international seminars on aesthetics.
Khopkar has lectured at the FTII, NFAI, NSD, JNU and Institute for Advanced Studies in Cinematography in Moscow. His book on Guru Dutt got the National Award for the best book on cinema. It is now in its second edition in Marathi and has been translated into English, Hindi and Italian. He has published two collections of essays on various art forms, which jointly won the Maharashtra Foundation (USA) award for the most original contribution to literature in Marathi in 2015.
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays, and has edited two anthologies, one of them in English. He published and edited the literary journal Desha Kaala. His critically acclaimed novel, Ghachar Ghochar is forthcoming from HarperCollins India in an English translation in December 2015. An engineer by training, Vivek currently works for a multinational and lives in Bangalore.
Rishi Vohra relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had an extensive career in the Indian Entertainment Industry. His debut novel 'Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai' was awarded a special mention at the Hollywood Book Festival. His short story, 'The Mysterious Couple,' was selected by Sudha Murty for her anthology 'Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,' published by Penguin Books. 'HiFi in Bollywood' is his second novel. He writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).