Annu Palakunnathu Matthew's photo-based artwork is a striking blend of still and moving imagery and draws on archival photographs as a source of inspiration to re-examine historical narratives. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and sepiaEYE, nyc. Matthew has also exhibited her work at the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, MFA Boston, San Jose Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (TX), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2018 Fotofest Biennial, 2009 Guangzhou Photo Biennial as well as at the Smithsonian. Grants and fellowships that have supported her work include a MacColl Johnson, John Guttman, two Fulbright Fellowships and grants from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts.
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island. She was also the Director of the Center for the Humanities from 2014-2019 and the 2015-17 Silvia Chandley Professor in Peace Studies and Non-violence. Matthew is represented by sepiaEYE, NYC.
Sandesh Prabhudesai is an author, a journalist and a cultural activist, based in Goa. He has been writing for the last four decades, since 1979, street plays, radio plays, columns, articles as well as literary and cultural reviews in Konkani, Marathi and English, besides his journalistic writing. He has published five books of his ‘original writings’ ??????, ???, ????? ?????? ? ?????? ?????? (Konkani); ????? (Marathi) and Clear Cut (English). He has also translated Bhagat Singh’s ‘Why I am an Atheist’ in Konkani, for the National Book Trust. Since 1978, he has worked in the Student, Youth and Workers’ movements. He initiated the Street Play movement in Goa, in 80s, writing over 20 scripts and songs. He edited and wrote for Student and Youth magazines. He has been actively participating in organising cultural and literary festivals, especially for the students and youth. Sandesh joined professional journalism in 1987, and has since worked in local Konkani, Marathi and English dailies in different positions, from Reporter to Editor. He has also worked for national and international media, including rediff.com, The Sunday Observer, The Pioneer, BBC etc in Print, Radio and Internet. He has also headed Goan TV channels, anchoring debates, election analysis as well as interviews. He edits Goa’s first news website goanews.com, since 1999. He writes opinion columns throughout his career for several newspapers, periodicals as well as Internet portals in Konkani, Marathi and English. He sometimes also plays with Poetry. He has bagged several awards in Journalism as well as Literature, besides Theatre. Presently, he is the Consulting Editor of Goan TV Channel Goa365.
Clarice Vaz born in Kampala, Uganda in 1964 returned to Goa - Moira ,her ancestral home with her family in 1970. Although she excelled academically .....she chose nursing as a profession after desiring a career in serving others working in Bangalore and Mumbai briefly, eventually going back to her childhood passion of painting due to a health condition
Being self taught she has had several solo exhibitions in Goa. Today she is a contemporary Abstract Artist working primarily with acrylics constantly experimenting with colours, textures, mediums, gels using non traditional tools and even tools of her trade namely the syringe and different gauge needles, tubes etc. Her unique style of syringe painting which involves caressing the surface of the canvas with short bursts of spirals, dots, lines and curves have become popular with her clients. It's a tedious process. She also uses acrylic paste giving her paintings a 3D effect. Her creative endeavours include photography, writing short real life stories about village life.
Her love for her heritage drove her to create her first visual story book " A Song for Saligao."
She now resides with her family and two dogs in her pristine village of Saligao.
Rajorshi Chakraborti has published six novels and a collection of short fiction. He was born in Kolkata and grew up there and in Mumbai, and now lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand. Two of his earlier novels have been nominated in different categories of the Crossword Book Award. His new novel, Shakti, a supernatural mystery thriller, is due to be published by Penguin Random House in November.
Masood Hussain, a prolific water colourist from Kashmir, collaborated in 2019 with the haikuist Gabriel Rosenstock from Ireland to publish "Walk with Mahatma," celebrating the sesquicentenary of Gandhi's birth. Masood honed his skills at Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai. He teaches at the Institute of Music & Fine Arts in Srinagar, Kashmir, where he was born and raised. “Kashmir draws us to imagine ourselves,” Masood says, “amidst her lush shades of green, crystal clear lakes, gushing streams, snow-capped peaks—a paradise that has sadly been in pathos now for over a generation. We need a Mahatma.”
After completing a BTech in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1987, Aniruddha Sen Gupta worked as a journalist with a couple of path-breaking but not very widely-circulated Delhi city magazines, ‘City Scan’ and ‘First City’, before getting sidetracked into communications design. Since moving to Goa 12 years ago, he has returned to writing, and has had books published by Scholastic and Sage Publications, as well as a number of short works of fiction, non-fiction, and graphic literature in anthologies from Penguin, HarperCollins, and other prominent as well as less well-known publishers. He has also done some occasional journalistic writing, for magazines such as ‘Down to Earth’, ‘Himal’, and 'Indian Quarterly'.
Tamal Bandyopadhyay is a bestselling author, an award-winning columnist, and a keen student of the Indian banking sector for over two decades. His weekly column `Banker's Trust' is widely read for its incisive analysis and informed opinion.
He is currently Consulting Editor with Business Standard and Senior Adviser to Jana Small Finance Bank Ltd.
One of the key members of the team that set up the financial daily Mint, Tamal was an adviser on strategy at Bandhan Bank Ltd, the first microfinance company to transform itself into a universal bank in India.
Nandan Nilekani has written the foreword to his latest book His latest book 'HDFC Bank 2.0: From Dawn to Dightal' which captures the biggest self-made disruptions in Indian banking.
Before this, he has written four books -- `From Lehman to Demonetization: A Decade of Disruptions, Reforms and Misadventures’, `Bandhan: The Making of a Bank,' `Sahara: The Untold Story' and `A Bank for The Buck'.
Incidentally, a Rs200 crore defamation case was slapped on him by the Sahara group to stop the publication of his book on shadow banking.
Tamal is one of the contributors to the `Oxford Handbook on Indian Economy', edited by Kaushik Basu, and ‘Making of New India : Transformation Under Modi Government’, edited by Bibek Debroy.
He won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (commentary and interpretative writing) in 2017.
Global professional network Linkedin nominated him one among top ten influential voices in India in 2018 and 2017 and one of the top 10 writers in finance globally for 2016 and 2015.
Vivek Shanbhag writes in Kannada. He has published five short story collections, three novels and two plays. He has edited two anthologies, one of which is in English. Vivek was the founding editor of the literary journal Desha Kaala. His critically-acclaimed novel Ghachar Ghochar is translated into 18 languages worldwide. Ghachar Ghochar was on the list of best ten books of 2017 by NY Times as well as The Guardian. It is one of Vulture‘s 100 best books of the 21st century. Ghachar Ghochar is the first Indian language book to be a finalist for the LA Times book prize in fiction 2017 and The American National Translation Award 2017.
Vivek is the co-translator of U R Ananthamurthy’s book “Hindutva or Hind Swaraj” into English.
Keshava Guha is a writer and editor. His novel Accidental Magic (HarperCollins, 2019) is set in Boston in the early 2000s, in a community of adult Harry Potter obsessives. He is the fiction editor at Juggernaut Books in New Delhi.
He was raised in Bangalore and educated at Harvard and at Goldsmiths, University of London. His literary and political journalism has appeared in The Hindu, Scroll.in, Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, Literary Review and Caravan, among other publications.
Pandit Ritwik Sanyal, is one of the most eminent Dhrupad singers,disciple of Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Zia Fariduddin Dagar ,he got Sangeet Natak Academy Aword for Music in 2013, he is also a great academic, writer and philosopher.
Retired Professor of the Banars Hidu University, where he was vocal teacher in the faculty of performing arts for 39 years, he has been also Dean of the faculty and Head of the department for several years.
He has been travelling across the globe since childoohod and tha is why he received a very special input to express with his own words and philosophy the ancient musical tradition of India.
His father was an eclectic philosopher and scholar, Prof. Batuk Sanyal and his mother, Shri Mati Ranu Sanyal a great writer and singer.
He assimilated his parents gifts and the Dhrupad tradition with a deep research in the indian tradition, both musical and philosophical , becoming a unique Master that combines the finess of singing with the logical way of Philosophy.
His master work Philosophy of Music is a book where he explains the sublime concept of music in philosophycal language.