Nilankur Das spearheads the organisation 'thus' to add value to the increasing social capital of Goa, through managing, organising, and curating interdisciplinary programmes that foster critical growth and understanding. Starting at the People Tree shop at 6 Assagao, these events now are held in venues across Goa. The events are multidisciplinary in nature, on the likes of - presentations, lecture demonstrations, theatres, live acoustic and original music gigs, documentary and indie film screenings, book releases, and others. The idea is to create spaces for art and activism related programmes that constantly inspire conversations on rights based and contemporary social issues. For more - thuscritique.wordpress.com
Born c. 1949, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, in postcolonial Ireland. Poet, tankaist, haikuist, novelist, essayist, playwright, author/translator of over 180 books, mostly in Irish (Gaelic). Member Aosdána (Irish academy of arts & letters). Former Chairman Poetry Ireland. Prolific translator into Irish of international poetry (among others Ko Un, Seamus Heaney, K. Satchidanandan, Rabindranath Tagore, Muhammad Iqbal, Hilde Domin, Peter Huchel etc.); plays (Beckett, Frisch, Yeats); songs (Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, The Pogues, Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake etc. He initiated the anthology Goa: A Garland of Poems, ed. Rochelle Potkar (The Onslaught Press). Rosenstock’s creative, collaborative work with visual artists and photographers has featured on many platforms, such as The Culturium: https://www.theculturium.com/author/gabriel-rosenstock/ His latest book is Walk with Gandhi, illustrated by Masood Hussain.
Mona Zote is a poet living in Aizawl. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including the Cordite Poetry Review, Indian Literature, IQ Magazine, India International Centre Quarterly, Carapace, Sangam House as well as in anthologies such as Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India, the Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, and The Borderlands of Asia: Culture, Place, Poetry.
Poonam Trivedi taught English at Indraprastha College, University of Delhi. She has specialised in Shakespeare Studies with a Ph.D from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. She has published articles and books in this area, especially on women in Shakespeare, on stage and film performance of Shakespeare in India, including India’s Shakespeare: Translation, Interpretation and Performance (2005), Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia (2010) and Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas: ‘Local habitations’ (2019).
Her larger interests extend to Indian theatre and women in the performing arts.
She has been the recipient of Fellowships at Queen Mary College, University of London, University of Hyderabad, Jadavpur University and has lectured at Rhodes College, Memphis, University of San Francisco among others. She has led seminars and panels at World Shakespeare Congresses, and has been invited to deliver many plenary lectures, including at The Globe, London, the latest being at Paul Valery University, Montpellier (Sept. 2019), and Queen’s University, Belfast (Oct. 2019).
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.
Kiran Budkuley is a critic, poet and translator who works from/into English, Hindi, Konkani, and Marathi. The areas of her research are Culture and Gender Studies, Konkani Literature, Folklore, and Translation Studies. Her articles have appeared in reputed journals, and her poems and general articles are published in well-circulated magazines. Some of her well-known books are: Sahitya Niyaal: Antarang ani Kayarupaam (1998); Samikshekaden Ishtagat (1998) Akshar-Sarita (2009); Mapping the Mosaic of Culture (2009); and Musings in the Meadows (2012). She has several edited volumes and translations to her credit as well. Budkuley retired from Goa University as Professor of English and Head of the Department and Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literature. She is a public speaker and conducts regular workshops on translation, and creative and critical writing. She is Visiting Research Professor, Kavivarya Bakibab Borkar Chair for Comparative Literature at Goa University.
Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). Her individual poems To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018. She is the author of The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories, Four Degrees of Separation, and Paper Asylum.
As critic, her reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. Her upcoming book The Inglorious Coins of the Counting House was longlisted at the Eyewear Publishing, Beverly Prize 2019, UK and shortlisted at the 2nd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize 2019, NY. Her poetry film Skirt was showcased on Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland.
She has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, and the Gold Coast. She conducts poetry & haibun workshops across India.
V.Srinivas is a leading urological cancer and robotic surgeon working at Hinduja hospital and Asian Cancer Institute, Mumbai. He did his schooling at Lawrence school Lovedale, Nilgiris, undergraduate medical studies at Christian Medical College, Vellore and super specialisation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. He has published over 100 scientific papers in International medical journals and authored a surgical text book.But, this is his first foray into creative writing. He was an avid tennis player and an enthusiastic martial arts student in his younger days. However nowadays, while relaxing at Raven’s nest, he sticks to watching movies , pottering around the garden (more aptly chasing the gardener!) ,going for long leisurely walks with his lovely wife and playing a lazy game of tennis before hitting the bar!
Patricia Pereira-Sethi is an award-winning international journalist who worked for two decades as correspondent, editor and the United Nations Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine in New York. She was the first Indian and youngest ever correspondent to be named the United Nations Bureau Chief of an American organisation. She has conducted one-on-one interviews with more than 45 heads of state during her career, including Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Fidel Castro, George Bush Sr, Augusto Pinochet, Daniel Ortega, Olaf Palme, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Robert Mugabe, Pham Van Dong. And others. Patricia has been felicitated for her career by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Goa Union of Journalists after her return to Goa. She has authored the biography of industrialist Ramesh Chauhan Thunder Unbottled: From Thums Up to Bisleri (2013). She lives in Dona Paula and is a Special Columnist for the Sunday Panorama section of the Navhind Times as well as the magazine Viva Goa. Fluent in Spanish, she has lectured at Goa University’s Centre for Latin American Studies to PhD students.
Dattaprasad Shetkar is Goan by birth and heart. He has travelled extensively as a market researcher and brand consultant across India. Since childhood he was drawn towards artistic expression and appreciation, often dabbling into poetry, theatre, debate, elocution and singing. Through Exemplar Strategic Solutions, a firm he co-founded, he has developed strategy and design for many brands and managed events like ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs’, ‘Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Mahotsav’. He founded Susang, a not-for-profit dedicated to art, music and culture, which has revived Konkani poetry and music from 1950s. He is the organiser and curator of TEDxPanaji, an independently organised TED event in Goa.