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
Saad Z Hossain writes in a niche genre of fantasy, science fiction and black comedy which, on the balance of it, very few people actually want to read. Due to the stunning unpopularity of his writing he has been forced to work in various industries. This includes drilling holes, making rope, throwing parties, operating an illegal sports book and failing to run a restaurant. Needless to say, working for a living is highly overrated. His novel, Escape from Baghdad!, was published in India by Aleph Book Company and in the US by Unnamed Press.
Born on 31st August 1968. I have completed my Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Goa College of Arts, Bombay University in 1989. Have 10 solo shows to my credit, Amchem Sobit Ddiaz an exclusive exhibition of paintings and drawings for The 46th International Film Festival at the ESG, Art Gallery ,Goa 2015;The Passion of Christ, Art Chamber, Goa in 2006; Galeria Vieira da Silva, Embassy of Portugal, New Delhi in 2004. Apart from this I have been a part of numerous shows. The Sacred , by Galleria at The Museum Gallery, Mumbai in 2008; The Sacred , by Galleria at the Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi; Aparanta-, The Confluence of Contempory Art In Goa, Goa; Mapping the roots, the 3rd European Union Cultural Weeks by The Embassy of Portugal, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi in 2007; Draw the line ,Sunaapranta Goa 2011; ;Group show ,NewDelhi 2013; Two Artist Exhibition ,Lalit Kala ,NewDelhi 2013. I have been a recipient of the Artist’s Residency Program at the Convento Da Arrabida, Portugal from the Fundacao Oriente of Portugal in 2002; State Art Awards, in Painting instituted by Govt. of Goa in 1994, 1996, 1997; was nominated for the UNESCO Award in Painting by Kala Academy, Goa in 1994; had received a Research Grant Scholarship in Painting from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 1992-92. Have won the prestigious award,’YUVA SRUJAN PURASKAR” (Navasarjan Chetna Puraskar) from the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa for the year 2012-2013 in the field of Painting 2014 - Have also received the SENIOR FELLOWSHIP for 2012- 13 in the field of Painting (Visual Art) for a period of two years with effect from 1st August 2014 awarded by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. New Delhi.
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.
Pranesh Prasad is a writer of literary fiction based in Australia. His published works include ‘The Ultimate Laugh’ (2011) which explores identity and terrorism and ‘A Half-Baked Life’ (2013) which examines the 2002 Gujarat riots. He is currently working on contemporary gender, religious and caste inequalities in a new novel ‘The Hidden Imam’. An excerpt from ‘The Hidden Imam’ appears in the 2015 fall edition of the literary journal, Weber: The Contemporary West. He has been a speaker at numerous literary festivals (Ubud, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kalinga and Fiji). He is also a trained economist and an animal welfare advocate.
Loretti Joyce Pinto is a graduate in Painting from Goa University and post-graduate from MS University of Baroda. Loretti has designed the poster for GALF 2015. Presently she is employed as Art Instructor at Kendriya Vidyalaya at INS Mandovi. She was a guest faculty at Goa College of Art and at Kala Academy. She has participated in around 30 art show in Goa as well as other parts of India including at trice at Lalit Kala Akademi, she is also recipient of several awards and scholarships. She has delived lectures at National Museum Institute, New Delhi amongst other prominent seminars and workshops
Manohar Shetty has published 7 books of poems including 'Domestic Creatures' (Oxford University Press, N Delhi) and' Living Room' (HarperCollins). His poems have appeared in several journals in the US and in the UK, including 'The Baffler' , 'Shenandoah', 'The Common', 'Poetry Wales', 'The Poetry Review' and 'London Magazine'. Several anthologies feature his work. He has edited 'Ferry Crossing: Short Stories from Goa ' (Penguin India) and 'Goa Travels: Being the Accounts of Travellers from the 16th to the 21st Century' (Rupa). He has lived in Goa since 1985
Raghu Karnad is a journalist and the author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War. He has written for Granta, the International New York Times, the Financial Times, n+1 and Caravan, and is a contributing editor at theWire.in.
Punjabi-American rapper, founder of Greedhead Music, and native New Yorker, Himanshu "Heems" Suri wants to have his ladoo and eat it too. He launched his solo career while a member of alternative hip-hop group Das Racist. In 2012 under rap name Heems, he released two solo mixtapes, Nehru Jackets and Wild Water Kingdom. After Das Racist split in late 2012, Heems headed to Bombay and began work on his official debut solo effort. The album was released in 2015 and coincided with an exhibition of the rapper's artwork at the Aicon Gallery in New York City. Both the LP and the exhibition shared the same title, Eat Pray Thug. Since releasing the album Heems completed a 30-city North American tour in support of the album with dates in Europe, Asia, and Australia to follow. Heems is from Queens, NY but went to high school in TriBeCa at Stuyvesant H.S., blocks away from 9/11 when it occurred. He then went to Wesleyan University where white people scared him at first but then I realized they weren't that different from me. They just preferred their food bland, and I spicy. And they can't dance yo.
Dr. Sharmila Rao P.N. a Dentist on sabbatical, and a hypnotherapist. She is a dancer and teaches movement in theatre for the Kala Academy school of drama as a visiting faculty. For the past 10yrs her students have been performing Ramakatha at Margao for the Bharatiya Samskritika Samiti and have performed Ramakatha rendered by various poets and storytellers. She has also presented papers at international conferences on spirituality and Indian performing arts, and spirituality and health. She is a published author, of short stories in Kannada and English latest being a contribution to Coconut Fronds an anthology of Goan stories where she has explored the myth of Narakasura. She is a blogger and run three blogs one personal blog, one health blog and one on books. She is a regular contributor to The Speaking Tree. Book reviews can be read on kitabikida.wordpress.com