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Passion for writing and highlighting issues concerning masses at grassroots level brought Afsana Rashid into journalism. For her, journalism is all about helping the masses and giving a voice to voiceless.With 11 years reporting experience, Afsana Rashid is currently, associated as Senior Reporter with California based Global Press Institute and New Delhi based English fortnightly, Milli Gazette,with previous experience of working with national newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar, The Tribune, and ETV News The Kashmir Times, Kashmir Images, The Daily Etalaat (English), Women International Perspective (WIP).Author of book “Widows and Half widows: Saga of Extra-judicial arrests and killings in Kashmir” (ISBN-10: 81-7221-048-5; ISBN-13:978-81-7221-048-9), published by Pharos Media and Publishing Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi - www.pharosmedia.com. She is a recipient of Sanjoy Ghose Humanitarian Award( 2006-2007);U.N. Population Fund-Laadli Media Award for best reporting in adverse conditions on gender issues in April 2008 and awarded Best reporter on grass root innovations by Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) North India, 2007. Afsana was awarded Fellowships, about “Corruption and Transparency in India” by Global Integrity – US in 2009; “Empowering the vulnerable: Strengthening grassroots governance and empowering civil society action in conflict affected areas of Kashmir” by Indo Global Social Service Society and European Union and Welthungerhilfe, Germany (August 2011 – July 2012); Sanjoy Ghose Media fellowship for “Role of women journalists in conflict areas” for the year 2006-2007 by Charkha Communication Development Network, New Delhi (Dec 7, 2006); “Impact of conflict on subsistence livelihood of marginalized communities in Kashmir and alternatives” by Action Aid India in 2005-06. She has Attended various workshops at international level and national level - “Resolving Conflict” organized by Thomson Foundation in association with Foreign and Commonwealth office at Cardiff and Belfast, UK (Feb 20 - March 10, 2006); “Through Women’s Eye’s” at Amsterdam-Netherlands (24-31 October, 2007) and “Conflict Reporting” organized by Panos South Asia at Kathmandu-Nepal (Jan 20-25, 2009).She has also Conducted Training workshops at EMMRC ,University of Kashmir under two projects on Developmental Reporting organized by BBC World Service Trust (2008-2009) and PANOS South Asia(2010-2011).
Described as the ‘Paulo Coelho of the East’ by Business World and a ‘People’s author like Jeffrey Archer’ by The Telegraph, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon. Released in March 2010, Amish’s Shiva Trilogy (of which two books, The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas have been published) has over 7,50,000 copies in print with gross retail sales of nearly Rs 17 crores. Amish is a graduate of IIM-Calcutta and worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to full time writing. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.
Amitabh Kumar is a designer/artist from New Delhi. He has graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda and has worked as a part of the Sarai Media Lab (2006 -2010) where he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed books and co-curated an experimental art space. He is visiting faculty to the Srishti School of Art and Design and Technology and is an initiating member of the Delhi based comics ensemble, The Pao Collective.
Amruta Patil is a writer and painter with an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the author of the graphic novels Kari (HarperCollins 2008) and Adi Parva (HarperCollins 2012). Her short graphic stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines in India and abroad. http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com
|Aniruddha Sen Gupta
After 20 years of working in the fields of journalism, communications and graphic design, Aniruddha Sen Gupta has returned to his first love -- writing -- since he moved to Goa in 2006. So far, he has authored a couple of books in a children's adventure series, a graphic guidebook on environmental matters, and a sprinkling of short stories in various anthologies. He is currently working on a chronicle of his travels around India with his wife Anjali and their dogs -- six of them at the last count. Interspersed with all this, he enjoys setting, conducting and participating in quizzes and is a founder-member of Goa's Sunday Evening Quiz Club.
Ravishankar is a children's writer based in Delhi. She has written
over twenty books for children, many of which have received
Zahoor is Assistant Professor English Literature at a college
in Kashmir. She was awarded the Ford Foundation International
Fellowship for Leadership and Social Justice in 2007, which
took her to University of Oxford, where she studied Psycholinguistics.
Her research areas include postcolonial theory, Caribbean literature,
Kashmiri Literature, Diaspora (the literature of exile) and
psycholinguistics. She has written for many journals and magazines
such as NATECLA, Oxonion and Miras. She has also written two
Astri Ghosh is a translator, journalist and teacher. She coordinates jazz festivals, and has translated short stories by Tagore to English and Qurratulain Hyder to Norwegian. Her book Sanger fra Adigranth is a collection of songs from Sikh scriptures. She has also translated novels by Lars Saabye Christensen and Per Pettersson and is currently translating the works of Henrik Ibsen to Hindi.
Chandrahas Choudhury is a novelist and literary critic based in Delhi. He is the author of the novel Arzee the Dwarf (HarperCollins, 2009), published in German and Spanish in 2012 under the title The Little King of Bombay. He is also the editor of an introduction to Indian fiction, India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion. His book reviews appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He writes a literary weblog at The Middle Stage (http://middlestage.blogspot.com), and a weekly column on India for Bloomberg World View. He is also the Fiction & Poetry editor at the Indian monthly magazine The Caravan.
Damodar Mauzo is a short story writer, novelist, columnist and screenplay writer and has been writing in Konkani for over four decades. He has three novels, four collections of short stories and five books for young adults and children to his credit. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Karmelin. This novel and his short stories have been translated into many languages. He is the recipient of KATHA Award for Creative Fiction 1998, the Best Dialogues Award at the Goa State Film Festival 1997 and the Best Screenplay Award in 2005 besides many other literary awards.
Dilip D'Souza is trained in engineering (BITS Pilani) and computer science (Brown University). For years, he worked in software company in the US(8 years) and then in India (13 years). At some point he began writing, and soon realized that was where his passion lay. He has published four books (before this one, "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America") and has won several awards for his writing, including the Newsweek/Daily Beast Prize for South Asia Commentary. He lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha, children Surabhi and Sahir, and cats Cleo and Aziz.
is a bilingual poet, translator and critic. He has published
poetry in both English and Malayalam. He has three volumes of
poetry in English: Being Elsewhere in Myself (Calcutta, 1980),
A Python in a Snake Park (New Delhi, 1996) and Terms of Seeing:
New and Selected Poems (New Delhi, 2006). His work has appeared
in several anthologies such as the ones edited by Eunice de
Souza and Jeet Thayil.
|Eunice De Souza
Taught English Literature at St Xavier's College, Mumbai for over thirty years, and retired as Head of Department. Collected poems, A Necklace of Skulls published by Penguin in 2010. Penguin have also just published These My Words, the Penguin Anthology of Indian Poetry edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo. Has published two novellas, and several anthologies of material from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Poems have been published in Portugese, Finnish, Italian, Swedish.
Fahad Shah is a Kashmiri journalist and the chief editor of the monthly magazine, The Kashmir Walla. He has been recently finalized for the Manthan South Asia Award for his contribution in the media. Shah has written extensively for national and international news organizations namely, The Christian Science Monitor, Firstpost, Dawn, Tehelka, The Indian Express to name a few. His recent interviews have also appeared on NDTV, BBC and Al-jazeera. Apart from being a journalist, Shah has been writing about literature, art and history. He has given several talks on socio-political issues related to Kashmir at various universities. His edited book titled, An Anthology of Essays and Stories from Kashmir is going to be released in 2013.
Trivedi is former Professor of English at the University of
Delhi, and has been visiting professor at the universities of
Chicago and London. He is the author of Colonial Transactions:
English Literature and India (Calcutta 1993; Manchester 1995),
and has co-edited The Nation across the World: Postcolonial
Literary Representations (New Delhi 2007; New York 2008), Literature
and Nation: Britain and India 1800-1990 (London 2000), Post-colonial
Translation: Theory and Practice (London 1999), and Interrogating
Post-colonialism: Theory, Text and Context (Shimla 1996; rpt.
Iftikhar Gilani perhaps one of most widely read journalists in South Asia. Till recently he was heading the Delhi Bureau of multi-lingual Kashmir Times, the widely circulated newspaper from Jammu and Kashmir published from Jammu and Srinagar simultaneously. Currently, he is Senior Assistant Editor in Delhi Bureau of Daily News Analysis (DNA), India’s fifth largest selling English newspaper. He has headed the Political Bureau at Tehelka.com and its financial daily “Financial World”.
He was also the Special Correspondent (India) for Daily Times, an independent and mainstream English newspaper of Pakistan, published from Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. Gilani also covered India for Urdu Service of Radio Deutche Well (DW), German Radio. His columns appear regularly in The Friday Times, an esteemed weekly from Pakistan, Urdu daily Inquilab (India), Daily Dunya (Pakistan), and in Weekly Kashmir Life, published from Srinagar (Kashmir).
He has worked with various national newspapers in India like Indian Express and The Pioneer. He has also participated in a research project on “Insurgencies in South Asia”. Gilani was conferred the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution in Media’ by the government of Jammu and Kashmir in 2010.
Author of 2005 Penguin book ‘My Days in Prison’. Urdu translation of his book won India’s prestigious Sahitiya Akademi award, the highest literary prize, in 2008. A visiting fellow of Dart Centre, Australia, a project of Columbia University of Journalism, Iftikhar Gilani has been deputy chairman of Indian Parliament’s Press Advisory Committee and also vice-president of the Press Association of India. Currently, he is also a Trustee of Delhi Centre for Media Research and Publication Trust and member, national executive of Delhi Union of Journalists. Having several research papers to his credit, he is also an external discussant at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), a premier security thin-tank in India and research advisor at Centre for Land ware Studies (CLAWS), a strategic think-tank.
Jahnavi Barua is a writer based in Bangalore. Her first book, Next Door, a collection of short fiction was published by Penguin India in December 2008, to wide critical acclaim. Her second book, a novel, Rebirth ( Penguin India, January 2011), was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, 2011 and for the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2013.
Jeet Thayil is a poet, novelist and musician. He has performed at many venues around the world, including the Brighton Festival, the Jaipur Literary Festival, the London Book Fair, the Edinburgh Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Southbank Centre and the Knitting Factory. His four poetry collections include These Errors Are Correct and English, and he is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. His libretto for the opera Babur in London tours internationally in 2012, and he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. His debut novel Narcopolis was published in six languages. He lives in New Delhi.
Jerry Pinto is the editor of The Greatest Show on Earth (Penguin), an anthology of writing about Bollywood. He has also edited Reflected in Water: Writings about Goa (Penguin). He is the co-editor, with Naresh Fernandes of Bombay Meri Jaan; Writings about Mumbai (Penguin) and with Arundhathi Subramaniam, of Confronting Love (Penguin), an anthology of love poems by Indian poets writing in English. He is also the author of Asylum, a collection of poems; and of Helen; The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (Penguin) for which he won the National Award for the Best Writing on Cinema, in 2006. He worked with Leela Naidu on her autobiography, Leela; A Patchwork Life (Penguin). He has written a book for children: A Bear for Felicia (Puffin) and celebrated Bollywood's poster art in Bollywood Posters (Thames & Hudson). He has co-edited, with Rachel Dwyer, a collection of essays, Beyond Bollywood (Oxford University Press). Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Book Company) is his first novel. When Crows are White (Scholastic) is the first graphic novel on which he has collaborated.
Jessica began her career as a lobbyist for the private sector before switching sides to put her skills to use working with international charities on social and environmental development issues. Her work has taken her to Afghanistan, Haiti, Malawi, the Philippines and Zambia. Jessica has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK, has written travel articles for The Times of India Crest and opinion pieces for the Goan newspaper ‘O Heraldo’. She considers herself to be a global nomad. Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa (Rupa publications), is her first novel.
Jugneeta Sudan is an academician with teaching and administrative experience of two decades in schools and colleges. She is a freelancer and writes a book column for the Goan newspaper ‘Navhind Times’. She has conducted Book Reading Workshops on Classics, Fiction and Non – Fiction books in cities in India and the Kala Academy, Sunaparanta, ICG and Gitanjali Gallery in Goa. She actively pursues a career in administration, in- depth study of English literature, Books/Writing Forums and critiquing books and storytelling.
Jyotsna Singh has taught philosophy at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and has recieved a Ph.d for her thesis on Kierkegaard(D.U.1995 ). At present , she is working as an artist in terracota and fired Enamel on metal. She is the director of the Dara Shikoh Centre, Srinagar and of the Amar Mahal Museum and Library, Jammu, which is presently being developed as a resource centre for Pahari Miniature art.
Nagarkar belongs to that endangered species called the bilingual
author. He is a novelist, playwright, social, political, and
literary critic. His novels include Saat Sakkam Trechalis which
is considered a landmark in Marathi literature and according
to some critics, reinvented Marathi, the language of the
state of Maharashtra. The book’s translated into English
as Seven Sixes Are Forty-three (first published in Australia
by QUP). The rest of his novels are in English: Ravan and Eddie,
Cuckold, God's Little Soldier and The Extras. His novels are
translated into Marathi, German, French, Italian, Spanish and
Portuguese. While Cuckold won the Sahitya Akademy Award (National
Academy of Literature prize) for best novel in 2000, the
doyen of Indian literature, Khushwant Singh remarked that '...Cuckold
written in English I regard as the best by an Indian.' The New
York Review of Books will publish Ravan and Eddie which Katherine
Boo called ‘Wicked, magical, hilarious, enduring: A masterpiece
from one of world literature’s great cult writers.’
in November 2012 in their new Discoveries e-book series.
Kishwar Desai’s controversial second novel, Origins of Love, dealing with surrogate motherhood, has been published internationally by Simon and Schuster, in May 2012. Her debut novel, Witness the Night (Harper Collins India; Simon and Schuster) won the prestigious Costa First Novel Award (2010), was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize,the DSC South Asian Literary Prize, the Waverton Good Read Award and shortlisted for the UK Author’s Club Award, among many others. It has been translated into multiple languages (including Chinese) and has been optioned for an international film. Her first book , Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt (HarperCollins India, 2007) was a biography of the iconic Indian film actors, and covers 100 years of Indian cinema and history. She had previously worked in television as anchor/producer and her last job in TV was as Vice President, Zee Telefilms. She has just completed her third novel, The Sea Of Innocence, to be published in May 2013, and is working on a book on cinema on Devika Rani and Himansu Rai. She is also a columnist for The Asian Age, The Week and The Tribune and has published articles in The Guardian as well The Daily Mail, among other international newspapers. She lives between London, Delhi and Goa.
Landeg White was born in south Wales in 1940 and now lives in retirement in Portugal. He spent his professional career teaching in the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, 1964-1968. The University of Malawi, 1969-1972. The University of Sierra Leone, 1972-1974, the University of Zambia, 1974-1979, the University of Kent at Canterbury, 1979-1980, the University of York, 1980-1997 (where he directed the Centre for Southern African Studies) and the University Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal (1997-2010).
His books include V.S. Naipaul: a Critical Introduction (Macmillan, 1975), Capitalism & Colonialism in Mozambique: a Study of Quelimane District (with Leroy Vail, University of Minnesota Press, 1980), Oral Poetry from Africa (with Jack Mapanje, Longman 1983), Magomero: Portrait of an African Village (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Power & the Praise Poem; Southern African Voices in History (with Leroy Vail, University Press of Virginia), and Bridging the Zambesi: a Colonial Folly (Macmillan, 1993).
He has also published eight collections of poetry, viz., For Captain Stedman (Peterloo Poets, 1983), The View from the Stockade (Dangaroo Press, 1991), Bounty (Dangaroo Press, 1993). South (CEMAR, 1999), Traveller’s Palm CEMAR, 2002), Where the Angolans are Playing Football: Selected & New Poems (Parthian Books, 2003), Arab Work (Parthian Books, 2006), and Singing Bass (Parthian Books, 2009, along with a novel Livingstone’s Funeral (Cinnamon Press, 2010)
His verse translation of The Lusíads of Luis Vaz de Camões (Oxford World's Classics, 1997, rev. ed., 2001) won the TLS translation prize for 1998. His verse translation of The Collected Lyric Poems of Luís de Camões was published by Princeton University Press in 2008.
|M. K. Raina
K Raina is an actor/director who has been working in theatre,
films and television for the last 3 1/2 decades. He has been
honoured with various awards like the Sangeet Natak Akademi
Award, the Sanskriti Samman, the B. V. Karanth Award for Lifetime
Achievement in Theatre among others. He has also worked with
both New Wave directors like Mani Kaul, Kumar Sahni, Mrinal
Sen, Avtar Kaul, Govind Nihalani and mainstream directors like
Aamir Kahn, Farhan Akhtar and Aditya Chopra. 0
is a poet and novelist writing in English from Arunachal Pradesh
in India’s northeast. She is the first woman from her
state to be selected to the Indian Administrative service which
she left to pursue a career in journalism. Dai was correspondent
the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers
and President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working journalists.
She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern
Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme. Her first publication:
‘River Poems’ hailed her as one of the most intensely
poetic voices from the North east region. In 2003 Dai was honoured
with the state’s Verrier Elwin Award for her book ‘Arunachal
Pradesh- the hidden land,’ that documented the culture
and customs of her land. She has featured in several national
and international forums to promote the disappearing traditions
of her state in the face of modernity and give voice to its
people through the imaginative space of prose and poetry.A long
time member of the North East Writers’ Forum (NEWF) Dai
is a recipient of the Padma Shri, 2011, (Literature and Education.)
Currently she is Member, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
Dai lives in ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Manohar Shetty (b 1953 in Bombay) has published five books of poems, including ‘Domestic Creatures’ (Oxford University Press, New Delhi). His new book is ‘Body Language’ (Poetrywala). In the UK his poems have appeared in ‘London Magazine’, ‘Poetry Review’, ‘Wasafiri’ and ‘Poetry Wales’. He has edited a special edition on English language poets of India for ‘Poetry Wales’. In the United States his poems have appeared in ‘Chelsea’, ‘Rattapallax’, ‘Fulcrum’, ‘Shenandoah’, ‘The Common’ and ‘New Letters’. Several anthologies feature his work, notably ‘The Oxford-India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets’ ( ed Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, OUP, N Delhi) and in anthologies edited by Eunice de Souza and Vilas Sarang.. His poems have been translated into Italian, Finnish, German, Slovenian and Marathi.
|Maria Aurora Couto
Maria Aurora Couto has had a long career in teaching starting from Dharwar, later in Goa in the first years after Liberation 1963-65 when i"there was so much idealism and hope in Goa" and the longest teaching stint in Delhi University's Lady Shriram College (15 years) where she also started a FIlm Society which is active even today. Her first book was Graham Greene : On the Frontier. Politics and Religion in the Novels (1985 Macmillan , London ). This was followed by Goa : A Daughter's Story ( 2004, Viking, Penguin),
Translation from the Portuguese Ethnography of Goa, Daman and Diu : (A.B. de Braganca Pereira) ( 2008 Viking Penguin). Filomena's Journeys: Portrait of a Marriage, a Family and a Culture ( Aleph to be published in APril 2013). She lives in Aldona , a village in North Goa.
Meena Kandasamy is a poet, writer, activist and translator. She has published two collections of poetry, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010). She has read at poetry festivals around the world. She was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa's International Writing Programme (2009) and the Hong Kong Baptist University (2012). Her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess will be published next year.
Dr. Meera Kosambi lives in Pune where she completed her education
up to her first Master’s degree (in English Literature).
She then pursued her post-graduate studies in sociology briefly
at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), but mainly at the University
of Stockholm, Sweden, where she obtained her Ph.D. and the post-doctoral
degree of ‘Docent’. Her fields of specialization
are Urban Studies and Women’s Studies, and she had lectured,
participated in conferences, and published articles in many
countries. She retired at Professor and Director of the Research
Centre for Women’s Studies, S.N.D.T. Women’s University,
Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and classical vocalist who lives and works in Guwahati, Assam. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, and a novel, “The Collector’s Wife”. Her most recent work is another novel, “A Monsoon of Music” published by Penguin-Zubaan in September 2011. Besides, her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Her works have been translated into several languages. She is the North East correspondent of the Chennai-based journal of the performing arts, “Shruti” and President of the NorthEast Writers’ Forum.
Awardee Mridula Garg is an eminent Hindi writer with published
works in many genres, 7 novels (the latest is Miljul Man), 90
stories, 3 plays, 1 travelogue, 2 essay collections and 2 books
|Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Musharraf Ali Farooqi is an author, novelist and translator. He was born in 1968 in Hyderabad, Pakistan, and now divides his time between Toronto and Karachi. His new novel, Between Clay and Dust, was published to critical acclaim by David Davidar's Aleph Book Company in April 2012. His earlier novel The Story of a Widow (Knopf Canada/Picador India) was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2010, and longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. His children's fiction includes the picture book The Cobbler's Holiday Or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes (2008, A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press) and the collection The Amazing Moustaches of Mocchhander the Iron Man and Other Stories (2011, Puffin India), shortlisted for the India ComicCon award in the 'Best Publication for Children' category. He is the author of the critically acclaimed translations of Urdu classics, The Adventures of Amir Hamza (2007, Modern Library), and the first book of a projected 24-volume magical fantasy epic, Hoshruba (2009, Urdu Project/Random House India). An illustrated novel, Rabbit Rap, with art by Michelle Farooqi was published by Viking/Penguin Books India in August 2012. He can be reached through his website: www.mafarooqi.com
Shafaie is a Kashmiri language poet who writes about variety
of topics. She became the first kashmir women to win the Sahitya
Mattoo is a Kashmiri writer and translator, who has published
various books including three collections of Kashmiri short
stories by prominent writers translated into English. She has
been a professor of English for more than three decades at the
Government College for Women, Srinagar from where she retired
as Principal. She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the HRD
Ministry Government of India to work on four Kashmiri women
poets. She has been devoting her time to showcase the best of
Kashmiri literature at various forums including the Jaipur Literature
Festival, where she has been a speaker on two occasions. She
is also the Chief Editor of a cultural literary magazine, ''Miraas''
which aims to introduce Kashmiri writing to readers in English
and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst the
wider Kashmiri community.
in 1977, Nicolas Wild is a former student of the renowned illustration
workshops at the 'École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs'
Sen is a graphic artist and designer based in New Delhi, India.
He trained at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Rai was born in Sikkim, the erstwhile himalayan kingdom. She
was educated in the village school before winning a scholarship
to study in Mt. Hermon School, Darjeeling and completed her
studies in English literature from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi
University and School of Languages and School International
Studies at Jwaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
R.Benedito Ferrao is a columnist for O Heraldo and The Goan. Additionally, he has written for Kenya's AwaaZ and California's Trikone and India Currents. Apart from covering such diverse subjects as Freddie Mercury and the quilting traditions of African-descended Indian women, Benedito's academic research is on postcolonialism and diaspora as those themes relate to the connections between Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe in fiction.
Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. His collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). His poems have appeared in Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition, Poetry Review (London), Wasafiri, and Wespennest, as well as in numerous anthologies, including The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, 2008) and Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton, 2008). Hoskote has co-authored Kampfabsage (Random House/ Blessing Verlag, 2007), with Ilija Trojanow. He has also co-authored, with Nancy Adajania, The Dialogues Series (Popular/ Foundation B&G, 2011), an unfolding programme of artist conversations. Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995) and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), Theater der Welt, Essen/ Mülheim (2010) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). He is research scholar-in-residence at BAK/ Basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht (2010-2011). Hoskote has curated more than 20 exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (with Okwui Enwezor and Hyunjin Kim, 2008) and the first India Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).
Rita Kothari is an acclaimed academic and translator with a range of publications, fellowships and other forms of recognition to her credit. A former Fulbright Faculty, Rockefeller Foundation and Social Science Regional Council Fellow, she is the author of Translating India : The Cultural Politics of English, The Burden of Refuge : Sindh, Gujarat, Partition and Borders and Communities in Kutch, Banni (forthcoming). She is the co-editor of Decentring Translation Studies : India and Beyond and Chutnefying English : The Phenomenon of Hinglish. Her translations of note include Unbordered Memories : Partition Stories from Sindh, Angaliyat : The Stepchild and Speech and Silence : Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women. Kothari is currently a Professor of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.
|Rudolf C. Heredia
C. Heredia has his doctorate in sociology from the University
of Chicago (1979), and taught sociology at St. Xavier’s
College, Mumbai, where he was the founder director of the Social
Science Centre during 1980–1992, and director again in
1994–2003. In 1992–94, he was director of the department
of research at the Indian Social Institute, and edited the institute’s
journal, Social Action. He was a visiting fellow at Boston College
for the summer of 1997. From 1998–2003, he was the rector
of St. Xavier’s College. He was a research fellow at the
Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, from 2004–2011, and
edited Social Action during 2005–08.
Saadut is a blogger and a free lancer from Srinagar, Kashmir. Has been writing since last decade and a half for local and international newspapers about issues related to Kashmir, environment and conflict resolution.
Samanth Subramanian is the India correspondent for The National and a contributing editor at Caravan. His first book, Following Fish:Travels around the Indian Coast, won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2010. He is currently working on a book about the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Samar Halarnkar is Contributing Editor for the Hindustan Times and Mint. A former Managing Editor of the Hindustan Times, he stepped down to focus on his first love, writing. Halarnkar writes on internal conflict, poverty, administrative reform, religious, science and technology. He writes three columns: on emerging India; on science and technology; and on creative cooking. He has also contributed to Newsweek magazine and BBC Online.
A journalist for 22 years, Halarnkar holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been a fellow at the American Society for Microbiology and The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi. In 2012, he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of “Under the Rain Tree,” a chronicle of India’s Internet revolution.
Halarnkar is a native of Pednem, Goa, and lives in Bangalore with his wife and infant daughter.
Sathya Saran is the Executive Director, Encyclomedia. She is also a Communications and Publication Consultant helping with startups in media industry. She writes regular columns for The Hindu, Mid-Day, Marie Claire, H T City and www.Firstpost.com. Her articles on lifestyles are published in Ms. Magazine, Marie Claire Malaysia, Four Season Magazine, Chicago and Vogue Germany. She has authored books titled ‘Night Train and Other Stories’ re published as ‘The Dark Side’; Ten Years with Guru Dutt: Abrar Alvi's Journey; From Me to You: on life, love and learning. She is a Visiting Lecturer at NIFT where she teaches the Fashion Journalism module; member of the advisory board of Marie Claire fashion awards, and the Lakme Fashion Week. Ms. Saran conducts practical orientation workshops on "Writing for Print" and "Creative Writing" and courses on writing effectively for good PR, for PR agency staff.
She has worked in several important positions including Brand Alliances Director, Worldwide Media at Femina and Editor, Me, a national monthly magazine for women from DNA.
Presently she presently working on a path breaking pre school project for Edvance Learning Pvt Ltd, a joint venture with Eton House, Singapore a novel, and a biography of S D Burman.
Savia Viegas is a writer, artist and academic living in Carmona, Goa. Her novels and exhibitions include “Museum thru Indian eyes” - a photographic exhibition at NCPA sponsored by USEFI held in March 2005. Her debut novel “Tales from the Attic” was published in March 2007. In December 2009 “Picturing Us” her solo exhibition of paintings was held. Her second novel, “Let me tell you about Quinta” was published by Penguin India in 2011. Her illustrated fiction work “Abha Nama” and “Eddi and Diddi” will be published in November 2012.
Shri. A. Sethumadhavan (Sethu), one of the top writers of contemporary Malayalam literature, was born in a village called Chendamangalam, in Kerala in the year 1942. A graduate in Science, he worked in certain Central Govt. Departments in North India, during the course of which he started writing while he was working in New Delhi. He has 17 novels and 20 collection of short stories to to his credit, covering a span of nearly four and half decades. Many of his stories have been translated into other Indian languages. Three of his novels/stories have been filmed. His much acclaimed novel Pandavapuram has been published in English, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. This was filmed in Malayalam and Bengali also. Another novel Niyogam has been translated into English and Atayalangal into Kannada and Tamil. At present he is the Chairman of the National Book Trust, India, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, and also a member of the General Council of the Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.
Sheela Jaywant has worked in the administration of a multi-specialty tertiary care hospital for long years and for half decade in a five star hotel. And in earlier avatars, as a librarian, teacher, UNICEF volunteer and freelance writer. As an author (of “Quilted, Stories of Middle Class India”, “Melting Moments” and “The Liftman and Other Stories), she found that creative writing couldn't pay the bills. So she wrote alongside her day jobs. Her stories (some prize-winners) and essays have found their way into anthologies (“Indian Voices”, “Vanilla Desires”, “The City of Gods”, “She Writes”, “Inside Out”) and in the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series. She has also read from her work at the Mussourie Woodstock Literary Festival.She is also a member of Goa Writers Group.
Psychoanalyst and novelist, Sudhir Kakar has been a visiting
professor at the universities of Harvard, Chicago (1989-93),
McGill, Melbourne, Vienna, Hawaii, and a Fellow at the Institutes
of Advanced Study, Princeton and Berlin.
Cole writer and photographer, was born in the US in 1975 and
raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two books, a novella,
Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which was
translated into eight languages, won the PEN/Hemingway Award
and the New York City Book Award, was nominated for the National
Book Critics Circle Award and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal
Society of Literature, and named one of the best books of 2011
by the New Yorker, the New York Times, and over 20 other major
publications. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard
College, and is at work on a non-fictional narrative of Lagos,
Nigeria. An exhibition of his photographs, “Who’s
Got the Address?”, will be on view in Panjim in late December.
Varsha Das (b. Nov. 1942) has done her M.A. in Sanskrit and
Hindi from the University of Bombay and Doctorate in Education,
on ‘Potentials of Traditional Performing Arts for Inculcating
Scientific Temper’ from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
|Victor Rangel- Ribeiro
Rangel-Ribeiro has made his mark both as a writer and in the
field of music, and it is in this dual capacity that we have
invited him to participate in the 2012 Goan Arts and Literary
Festival. As a musician he will introduce internationally renowned
opera star Patricia Rozario at our inaugural concert on December
13; as an award-winning novelist, an editor and teacher of writing
he will interact with other writers and panelists who are featured
in our LitFest.
Dehejia who was awarded the PadmaBhushan for ‘exceptional
service to the fields of art and education’is Barbara
Stoler Miller Professor of Indian Art History at Columbia University;
for several years, she was also Director of the University’s
South Asia Institute. Vidya is also the General Editor of MARG,
an Art Journal published in Mumbai. In 2001-2002, she was Acting
Director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries which together constitute
the national museum of Asian art of the Smithsonian Institution;
prior to that she held the positions of Deputy Director and
Chief Curator at the same institution. She graduated from Cambridge
University, England, with a starred first, and went on to receive
her PhD from Cambridge.
|Vishnu Surya Wagh
Vishnu Surya Wagh is known all over Goa and Maharashtra as a prominent playwright. A number of his plays like Tuka Abhang Abhang , Suvari , Teen Poishancho Tiatro , Dharmashree , Pedru Poddlo Baient etc. have won critical acclaim. He has also emerged a top-ranking poet in Mumbai's literary field.
Menezes is a co-founder and Festival Curator of GALF alongside
his mentor Damodar Mauzo. He also leads the curatorial team
for the magnificent Palacio Idalcao/Old Secretariat (scheduled
to open in 2013). He is also an acclaimed writer and photographer,
and frequent contributor to GQ, Vogue, Caravan, Time Out and
many other publications. He is also Contributing Editor, Conde
Nast Traveller India, and columnist for 3QuarksDaily.com.
Jameel, is journalist of South Asia. Formerly a correspondent
for the BBC, he is currently the Special Correspondent with
Indian global newspaper The Asian Age and its sister publication
Deccan Chronicle based in restive Kashmir besides regularly
contributing to the New York Times, Time magazine, Voice of
America and The National.
Wendell Rodricks is India's Guru of Minimalism who pioneered resortwear, minimalism and eco-friendly fashion before the words were coined. Working in a remote village in Goa, his work has attracted a growing clientele and he has been invited to show in the world's most important garment fairs, including IGEDO, the Salon Pret-a-Porter Paris and BIOFACH Nuremburg. Known for his whites and using cut and colour in special handwoven weaves, the Wendell Rodricks style is unique in India and is recognised for the fluid emotion and lack of embroidery. He has done three grand finales for Lakme Fashion Week and his work has earned respect in the corporate world in India. Wendell Rodricks has written two books. Moda Goa : History and Style and The Green Room, both released in 2012. Apart from writing, he has done various design projects ranging from designing for the Goa Police to designing the packaging for the Blenders Pride carton for the festive season 2012.