From inception in 2010, the unique, homegrown, volunteer-driven and non-profit Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) has rapidly emerged as one of the premier cultural showcases of India.
Nandita Haksar is a rare lawyer who embraces her position as a public person, to speak with the most marginalised people. She weaves together, seamlessly, roles as a lawyer, a campaigner, a teacher and a writer to argue powerfully for the creation of a human rights consonant political environment. Nandita’s published work includes: Demystification of Law for Women (1986);Framing Geelani, Hanging Afzal: Patriotism in the Time of Terror (2009); Rogue Agent: How India’s Military Intelligence Betrayed the Burmese Resistance (2010);The Judgement That Never Came: Army Rule in North East India (with Sebastian Hongray, 2011); ABC of Naga Culture and Civilization (2011); Across the Chicken Neck: Travels in North East India (2013). The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism From the Cold War to the present Times (Speaking Tiger 2015). Nandita is currently working for the recognition of India’s traditional street performers as intangible cultural heritage.
Aarcha RS is a 17 year old slam poet, artist and activist. She is currently a science student. She founded the slam poetry group- A Slam Dream. 'Poetry for a Cause' being the motto of the group, she aspires to introduce the art form that she most adores- slam poetry, and use poetry and art as a medium of expression, change and rebellion. She uses her art to give voice to the voiceless. She has won international recognition in slam poetry, conducted many workshops, she hosts slams and has her hands full with innovative activities. She writes poetry and fiction. She loves to travel and time-travel. She is passionate about music, dance and art. She is a different kind of crazy!
Pooja Nansi has published two collections of poetry, co-edited a poetry anthology of Singaporean Poetry and co-authored a teacher’s resource for Singaporean poetry. Since April 2013, she has been curating a monthly poetry event called Speakeasy which has showcased both emerging and established poets from places as diverse as Burma and Botswana. She also runs the Singapore chapter of Burn After Reading a collective started for young emerging poets who are encouraged to write, read, perform and publish as widely as possible. She is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University.
Damodar Mauzo is a short fiction writer and novelist writing in Konkani. He is also a columnist, critic and a script writer. He has 14 books in Konkani to his credit besides a few more on the anvil. Among his many awards are the Sahitya Akademi award, Katha Award, World Konkani Centre’s Vimla Pai Sahitya Puraskar besides several state level literary awards. Lately, his book of stories was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Award. He is the most widely translated writer of Konkani. His Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel, KARMELIN is translated into over a dozen languages including English. THESE ARE MY CHILDREN and TERESA'S MAN & Other Stories from Goa are the collections of stories published in translation into English. His novel for young adults, TSUNAMI SIMON and MIRAGE, a collection of five not-so-short-stories have also been published in translation. Shantateche Ghann is a Marathi translation of the original Rumaddful. He has been on panels at different litfests including Singapore, Hyderabad and Jaipur. Last year he was part of a four member delegation of Indian writers that attended the World Book Fair in Frankfurt. He has written screenplays and dialogues for Konkani films. He was awarded the Best Screenplay award for 2005 and Best Dialogues award for 2003 and again for 2010-11, at the Goa State Film Festivals. He is a co-founder and co-curator of GALF.
Vincy Quadros is a Konkani Writer, Translator, Actor, Anchor, Cultural Activist & a Organizer. Born in Raia, Goa in the year 1964 and post-graduated at Karnataka University, Dharwad, has penned down around 13 books of short stories, and novels including children literature. He has also transliterated more than 6 books. He is one of the Bible translators in Konkani. His unpublished works in the Tiatr field and poetry are also admired. Vincy Quadros has served as editor and editorial board member for several publications in Konkani. He has presented research papers at national and international level. His works are in included in many journals and books. His articles on contemporary subjects feature in most of the Konkani magazines every month. He is children litereute who has organized Children conferences. He has served and written a novel on workers movement. He is actively involved with many NGOs and educational institutions. He serves his parish as a catechist and other church institutions. Vincy Quadros has been awarded and honoured by Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Dalgado Konkani Akademi, Goa Konkani Akademi, Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra ani many other social organisations. He has assisted research works as well including Konkani-English Dictionary. Presently he is President of All India Konkani Writers' Organisation and also serves as Secretary for Dalgado Konknni Akademi, which works for the upliftment of Konkani in Roman Script.
Keki N. Daruwalla has been publishing poetry since 1970 when he came out with his first volume Under Orion. He has now 11 poetry volumes including “Collected Poems” (Penguin 2006) and Selected Poems (ARC Publishers Todmorden, UK 2008). He has four short story books. His latest publication was the Novel “For Pepper and Christ 2009 (Penguin) which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Asia, UK 2010). Penguin India published his Selected Short Stories, under the title Love Across the Salt Desert in 2011. Daruwalla also has to his credit a short story book entitled “Islands” published by Tranquebar (2014) and a poetry volume “Fire Altar: Poems on the Persians and the Greeks” published by HapperCollins (2013). His novel, “Ancestral Affairs” will be published by HarperCollins in November 2015. He won the Commonwealth Poetry Price, Asia in 1987, for his book Landscapes. He was the Chair of the Jury for the DSC prize in 2014. Daruwalla lives in Delhi.
David de Souza grew up in an era when girls did arts, boys science and gujarathis, commerce. That was pretty much it, by default he started out in life, as a biochemist. He bought his first second hand camera in 1977. The camera was like a magic talisman, it started to dictate why, where and what he should do with his life thereafter. He discovered much to his amazement that science at its creative core is Art, not unlike Art itself, and he is discovering with the likes of Damien Hirst that economics at its creative core could be Art too. This blurrs all denominations and has made him a proponent of DeSchooling. He did advertising photography for 15 years and in the last 7 years has decided to dedicate himself towards his own monographs, collaborating with his wife on 2 books. He has 7 commissioned books and has 10 of his own monographs ready for publication. He currently lives in Moira
Dr. Safieh Shah is a medical doctor and public health researcher by training, a pianist by default, and a writer as well as feminist by virtue of my jazbaat. She contributes to, review and promote Pakistani music(ians). She currently teaches, conducts and publishes research utilizing an innovative methodology, on routinely collected data in low resource health settings within Asia and Africa to advocate for evidence-based change within health, locally. She has led a first of its kind Ebola data mining exercise training students to extract data from scanned files of the outbreak and helped with the refugee crisis in Europe too.
Haseeb Asif is a journalist and a writer, currently working for Dawn Media Group's monthly magazine, Herald. His work has appeared in numerous Pakistani publications, such as The Express Tribune, The News, Books & Authors, The Friday Times and Dawn News. He has also written for Outlook India. He writes both in English and Urdu, and some of his creative/ fiction work has appeared in local literary journals and gazettes.
Francesca Marciano is an Italian novelist, filmmaker, and screenwriter. To date Marciano has written four novels: “Rules of the Wild”, listed as one of the NYT notable books of the year, ”Casa Rossa”, “The End of Manners” and “The Other Language”, her first collection of short stories. When she writes for film and television she uses her native tongue, but for novels and short stories she uses English. She knows how to hold a reader’s attention, how to set a scene. Her dialogue, unsurprisingly, is always fluid. Marciano has lived all over the world, and her stories encompass her experiences, taking place in Africa, the U.S, India, and of course, Italy. Her characters are often women who live abroad, are alone and free from their domestic routines, if only temporarily. Marciano’s stories are never less than engaging, as she brings to life characters stepping outside their boundaries into new passions and destinies, exploring the power of change—in relationships, in geographies, and across cultures—she reveals unexpected aspects of ourselves.
Konkani Lekhak Sangh in association with The International Centre Goa organised Book Release of "Hovyo" & "Chandonyo" books authored by Bharathi Kunkolienkar on 15th October 2015. The books were released at the hands of Shri Dattaprasad Sinai Borkar, Principal Chief Engineer, PWD.