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ABEER Y HOQUE

ABHISHEK CHAUHAN

ABIR MUKHERJEE

ADVAITA KALA

AKHIL J CHAND

ALKA PANDE

AMAN NATH

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

ANANYA VAJPEYI

ANITA AGNIHOTRI

ANITA RATNAM

ANJANA BASU

ANJUM KATYAL

ANNA FUNDER

ANNA ROSSIE

ANU MAJUMDAR

APARNA SEN

AREET ROYCHOWDHURY

ARINDAM SIL

ARITRA SARKAR

ARTHUR CARDOZO

ARUNDHATI GHOSH

ASHIS NANDY

AVANTIKA AKERKAR

AVIK CHANDA

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

BASHARAT PEER

BITTU SAHGAL

BORIA MAJUMDAR

BORNILA CHATTERJEE


C P SURENDRAN

CASI DYLAN

CATHERINE MACLEAN

CHAND SUR

CHANDRAHAS CHOUDHURY

CHANDRASEKHAR MUKHERJI

DANIEL HAHN

DAYANITA SINGH

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

DEBASISH LAHIRI

DEBASIS MUKHOPADHYAY

DEEP DASGUPTA

DEV R NIL

DEVI KAR

DOLLY BASU

FRANCOIS CHAT

G. M. KAPUR

GILLIAN WRIGHT

HARINDER SIDHU

HARIPRIYA SOIBAM

HARSH NEOTIA

ISHEETA GANGULY

ITU CHAUDHURI

JADE WILLIAMS



JAIDEV DUTTA

JAMES NOËL

JAWHAR SIRCAR

JAYANT KRIPALANI

JAYANTA BASU

JERRY PINTO

JOHN ANTHONY

JOIE BOSE

JOYDIP KUNDU

JUHI KHATOON

JUSTICE MUKUL MUDGAL

KABIR SUMAN

KALYAN RAY

KARTHIKA VK


KARUNA EZARA PARIKH

KAVITA PANJABI

KINGSHUK NAG

KIRAN NAGARKAR

KISHORE BHIMANI

KISHWAR DESAI

KOHMAL KHANNA

LAURE LEROY

LEILA PATEL

MADHUBANTI ROY CHOWDHURY

MADHUJA MUKHERJEE

MAHMOOD MAMDANI

MAHNAZ DAMANIA

MAKENZY ORCEL

MALLIKA JALAN

MANIT RASTOGI

MANORANJAN BYAPARI

MARK TULLY

MEERA NAIR

MEGHNAD DESAI

MINU BAKSHI

MIR

MIRA NAIR

MODHURIMA SINHA

MOUSUMI BANERJEE

NABANEETA DEV SEN

NALINI PAUL

NAMITA GOKHALE

NANDANA SEN

NANDITA PALCHOUDHRI

NARESH FERNANDES

NAYANTARA SAHGAL

NORMAN OHLER

NOVONEEL CHAKRABORTY

OINDRILLA DUTT

PAROMITA CHAKRAVARTI

PATRICIA NICHOL

PRAJWAL PARAJULY

PRAMOD KAPOOR

PRASHANSA GURUNG

 



PUSHPESH PANT

RAHUL CR

RAHUL GUHA ROY

RAJU RAMAN

RAKHI SARKAR

RAMANJIT KAUR

RANJAN PALIT

RASHMI BANSAL

RATNA PATHAK SHAH

RAVI KANT SINHA

RINI BARMAN

ROBERT DESSAIX

RUCHIRA GUPTA

SAAZ AGGARWAL

SAGAR DARYANI

SAIRA SHAH HALIM

SALIL TRIPATHI

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI

SANAZ FOTOUHI

SANDIP ROY

SANJAY KAK

SANJEEV CHOPRA

SANJUKTA DASGUPTA

SHAHANSHAH MIRZA

SHERNAZ DASTUR

SHOBHAA DE

SHUKTARA LAL


SIRISH RAO


SOHA ALI KHAN

SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE

SOUMITRA DAS

SRIJATO

SUBORNO BOSE

SUDEEP CHAKRAVARTI

SUDEEP SEN

SUDHANVA DESHPANDE

SUE RYAN


SUJATA SEN

SUMAN GHOSE

SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY

SUNDEEP BHUTORIA

SUNITA KOHLI

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

TANAJI DASGUPTA

TISHANI DOSHI

URVASHI BUTALIA

USHA UTHUP

VICTOR BANERJEE

VIDYA RAO

VIKAS K JHA

VIKRAM DUGGAL

VISHAL BHARDWAJ

ZUBENI LOTHA

   

ABEER Y HOQUE

Abeer Y. Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She has published a book of travel photographs and poems called The Long Way Home (Ogro Dhaka 2013), and a book of linked stories, photographs and poems called The Lovers and the Leavers (Bengal Lights Books 2014, HarperCollins Publishers India 2015). She is a Fulbright Scholar and has received several other fellowships and grants. Her writing and photography have been published in Guernica, Outlook Traveller, Wasafiri, ZYZZYVA, India Today, and The Daily Star. She has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco.

 
 

ABHISHEK CHAUHAN

Abhishek Chauhan is an actor and theatre maker from Delhi. His holistic approach to theatre comes from his formal training at The Drama School Mumbai (2016-17). Fresh out of drama school he started out in Mumbai with FATS for Shikhandi, QTP’s Thespo orientation and poetry recitation shows. He worked as an actor with the Tadpole Repertory, Actor Factor Theatre Company and Kaivalya plays under the medium of theatre. He was a part of BAKED!, a web series by Scoopwhoop and Kacche Din, a short film by Percept Pictures. Along with corporate gigs he also works as a theatre director at schools.

 

ABIR MUKHERJEE

Abir Mukherjee is bestselling author of the Sam Wyndham series, which includes ‘A Rising Man’ and ‘A Necessary Evil.’ Set in colonial Calcutta, Mukherjee’s work revolves around a former Scotland Yard detective in the city. ‘A Rising Man’ won the 2017 Eastern Eye Award for Literature and the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition, besides being longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year. It was touted an “enthralling debut novel” by The New York Times. Abir Mukherjee is based in Scotland, and has roots in Calcutta.

 

ADVAITA KALA

Advaita Kala is a best-selling and internationally published novelist, popular food columnist and a regular commentator on social issues at television news debates. Her debut novel Almost Single has sold over a 150,000 copies in India alone and has been translated into multiple languages. It was also selected for the Bantam Discovery Program. Advaita Kala is an award winning screenwriter, most notably of the film ‘Kahaani’. Her ability to cross genres, from television and film to fiction and non-fiction, is striking. She has focused on a range of issues, including political concerns and women’s empowerment.

 
 

AKHIL J CHAND

 

ALKA PANDE

An art critic, curator, teacher, cultural theorist and an author, she currently holds the position of the Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. She is the recipient of the Charles Wallace Award (1999-2000), Australian Asia Council Special Award. She is also a distinguished receiver of the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) award in 2006. She has curated the latest international exhibition at the Pinacothèque de Paris titled The Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art. Her publications include Leela, The New Age of Kamasutra for Women, Ardhanarishvara the androgyne, Indian Erotica Art, & Shringara: The Many Faces of Indian Beauty, which is her most recent work.

 

AMAN NATH

Aman Nath is an Indian writer, hotelier, and architectural restorer. He is the co-founder and co-chairman of Neemrana Hotels the chain along with Francis Wacziarg,which have won awards from UNESCO and the Indian travel trade industry. He has co-written/authored 14 illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won National Awards. These are also used as the official gifts of the President and the Prime Minister of India. His book Jaipur was the first Indian book to be marketed internationally by Christie’s.He has also been the curator at Art Today.

 

ANANYA CHATTERJEE

Ananya Chatterjee, a trilingual poet, is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Poet and His Valentine, a collection of verses. Another Soliloquy and The Blind Man’s Rainbow are her other books. Her poems were a part of ‘Soulful Whispers’ – an anthology of poems from the All India Poetry Competition 2014 By Poetry Society India. She has been awarded a Certificate of Merit as part of the Reuel International Award for Literature, 2015.

 

ANANYA VAJPEYI

Ananya Vajpeyi is an Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, and is currently writing a book about the life and ideas of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. She is the author of ‘Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India’ which won the 41st Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize, the Crossword Prize for Non-Fiction 2013 and the Tata First Book Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.

 
 

ANITA AGNIHOTRI

Anita Agnihotri is an IAS officer and an author. An IAS officer since 1980, she writes in Bengali, and her works have been translated into multiple languages. She has penned over a hundred short stories. She wrote her novella ‘Mahuldiha Days’, informed by her administrative experiences, while on sabbatical from the IAS to pursue a course on rural development at the Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Her frequent tackling of complex social and political issues, with a focus on the poor and downtrodden, has led to her being compared to Mahashweta Devi. She started her literary career as a child writer for Bengali literary magazine ‘Sandesh’, and her novels include ‘Jara Bhalobese Chhilo’ and ‘Akalbhoodan’.

 

ANITA RATNAM

A highly respected performer, writer, speaker, arts entrepreneur and culture mentor. She uses voices, singing, Vedic hymns, drumming, and contemporary mythology in her performances. Her acclaimed choreographies include SEVEN GRACES, NEELAM. Ratnam has founded Narthaki.com, the largest portal on Indian dance in the virtual world and restored the 15th century theatre ritual performance of KAISIKA NATAKAM in her ancestral village temple of Tirukurungudi in Tamilnadu. She is in the Executive Board of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

 

ANJANA BASU

Fiction writer, poet. She has also written stories for local newspapers and Cosmopolitan. Her work has been published by Orient Longman India, Penguin India, The Wolfhead Quarterly, The Blue Moon Review, Recursive Angel etc. Her novel Curses in Ivory was published by Harper Collins in 2003. She has been awarded the Hawthornden Fellow. She also writes for young adults; one of her notable work is Leopard in the Laboratory. Her most recent novel for young adults is Eighteen Tides & a Tiger which is on the Hindu Goodbooks Young Worlds Award Shortlist. She has also worked on scripts with director Rituparno Ghosh for ‘Antarmahal’ and ‘The Last Lear’ and has subtitled several of his films including ‘Unishe April’, ‘Dahan’ and ‘Chokher Bali’.

 

ANJUM KATYAL

Anjum Katyal is the Co-Director of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. She was, previously, the Chief Editor of Seagull Books, Calcutta and Editor of Seagull Theatre Quarterly. She is the author of Habib Tanvir: Towards an Inclusive Theatre (SAGE, 2012). She has translated Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor and Hirma ki Amar Kahani, as she has Usha Ganguli’s Rudali and stories by Mahasweta Devi and Meera Mukherjee. Her recent work Badal Sircar: Towards a Theatre of Conscience was released at the 2016 festival inaugural event. She has a background in education and teacher training. A published poet, she also sings the blues, and writes on theatre and the visual arts.

 

ANNA FUNDER

Anna Funder is the author of the acclaimed All That I Am, winner of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award, among other awards. Her first book, the internationally bestselling Stasiland, won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was published in twenty countries and translated into sixteen languages. Her latest work is a novella, The Girl with the Dogs, published by Penguin in 2015. Anna Funder is a former DAAD and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. Her writing has received numerous accolades and awards and in 2011 she was named in the ‘Top 100 People of Influence’ by the Sydney Morning Herald. She holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts and worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government and as a radio and television documentary producer at the ABC before turning to writing full time. Anna grew up in Melbourne and Paris and now lives in Sydney with her husband and children.

 

ANNA ROSSIE

Anna Rossié (b. 1953 in Mönchengladbach, Germany): After studying educational science and later qualified as a professional storyteller at Remscheid Academy, Anna Rossié has been working for years as a cultural pedagogue and cultural mediator in the city of Braunschweig. She performs storytelling regularly at festivals and runs workshops in schools, kindergartens and hospitals in Germany.

 

ANU MAJUMDAR

Anuradha Majumdar is the author of books including ‘The God Enchanter’ and ‘Infinity Papers’. A dancer-choreographer, she is also a poet, with volumes of poetry ‘Light Matter’ and ‘Mobile Hour’ to her credit. Her debut novel, ‘Parallel Journeys’ was reviewed by India Today as a ‘welcome work’. She is also the resident of Auroville, an experimental community, on which her recent book, ‘Auroville: A city for the future’ was based.

 

APARNA SEN

Aparna Sen is a filmmaker, screenwriter and actress well known for her work in Bengali cinema. A leading actress over decades, she has received eight BFJA awards, including one for lifetime achievement, won three National Film Awards and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1987. Sen made her debut in ‘Teen Kanya’. She has since starred in innumerable films, including ‘Aparichito’, ‘Aranyer Din Ratri’, ‘Raag Anuraag’, ‘Paromitar Ek Din’, ‘Titli’, ‘Antaheen’ and ‘Chatushkon’. In addition to acting in films, Sen has also been directing films since 1981, starting with ’36 Chowringhee Lane’ and moving on to achieve further success in direction with films like ‘Paromitar Ek Din’, ‘Mr and Mrs Iyer’, ’15 Park Avenue’,’The Japanese Wife’, ‘Iti Mriinalini’ and ‘Goynar Baksho.’

 
 

AREET ROYCHOWDHURY

 

 

ARINDAM SIL

Arindam Sil is an actor, film director and line producer. He directed in 2012 the critically acclaimed ‘Aborto.’With his company Nothing Beyond Cinema, he has managed the line-production of a number of films, including ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ and ‘Nobel Chor’ He has acted in films like ‘Shankhachil’, ‘Chalo Let’s Go’, and ‘Tolly Lights’. He was executive producer of, among other films, ‘Kahaani’ and ‘Kahaani 2’.His upcoming film, ‘Ashche Abar Shabor’ is slated for a 2018 release.

 

ARITRA SARKAR

Aritra Sarkar describes himself as living two lives- as a CEO of Wedoria Technologies, a Kolkata-based digital startup, and as a writer. His recently published work, ‘Goliath of Shenzhen,’ is a cautionary tale set in contemporary China exploring the limits of freedom. This is the world’s first dual-facing novel–told in both visual and prose formats, where the reader can choose their reading experience. Aritra Sarkar is a graduate from New York University, and a self-described philosopher, technologist and publisher rolled in one.

 

ARTHUR CARDOZO

A freelance journalist and cartoonist/artist with over 5000 published work to my credit. An actor, poet, a script writer for ad films and theatre, he has conducted numerous creative communication and out of the box ideation workshops for various corporations as a corporate coach and for institutions as a motivation speaker. He is a physical fitness enthusiast and a life coach.

 

ARUNDHATI GHOSH

Arundhati Ghosh She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, and The Museum of Arts and Photography, Bangalore

 

ASHIS NANDY

Ashis Nandy is a political psychologist, social theorist and critic. He has provided theoretical critiques on topics ranging from European colonialism, state and violence to nuclearism and utopia. A Senior Honorary Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, he is also the Chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Choices and Global Futures in New Delhi. He received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007 and appeared on The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace list of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll of the Foreign Policy magazine.

 

AVANTIKA AKERKAR

Avantika Akerkar made her acting debut in the theatre, in Quasar Padmasee directed ‘Lunch Girls’. She has, since appeared in both plays and films, including the critically acclaimed ‘The Loins of Punjab’, ‘the World Unseen’ and ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’ She has worked with Mira Nair in her recent theatrical production, ‘Monsoon Wedding’, and has performed on stage with Eve Ensler in ‘Vagina Monologues’. She has worked with actors like Jane Fonda, Maggie Smith and Richard Gere. She has also been part of the web series ‘Sense8’. Avantika has produced plays with noted Israeli Director, Gil Alon, and Royal Court Theatre, London actress, Paddy Navin. She also runs a global consultancy that focuses on soft skills and communication.

 

AVIK CHANDA

Poet and novelist. He graduated from Presidency College and completed his education at the Delhi School of Economics. Following a brief stint in media, he has pursued a career in management consulting over the last ten years, during which time he has also been moonlighting as a freelance journalist, painter and more recently, a poet, writing in both English and his native Bengali. His debut novel Anchor, presenting 1990s Calcutta has received critical and popular acclaim. His new non-fiction work, co-authored with Suman Ghose called From Command to Empathy, is about workplace ethics and how to best succeed in leadership

 

BAISALI CHATTERJEE DUTT

A former columnist, she was an agony aunt columnist for Mother &Baby and also a contributor to Parent & Baby. She has compiled and edited two volumes of reader-written, personal essays for an internationally renowned, bestselling series. Her other great passion is theatre. She has performed with some of the country’s top English theatre groups like Raell Padamsee’s ACE productions in Mumbai, and Kolkata’s Red Curtain. She is currently the drama facilitator at The Creative Arts Studio, and at South Point High School. Her 2015 work, ‘Sharbari Datta: The Design Diva’, a coffee-table book on the menswear designer, documents Sharbari’s journey as a fashion designer.

 

BASHARAT PEER

Basharat Peer is an opinion editor with The New York Times. He is the author of Curfewed Night, A Question of Order (forthcoming in India), and wrote the screenplay of Haider with Vishal Bhardwaj.

 

BITTU SAHGAL

Bittu Sahgal, ‘the man who knew winter was coming’ is an environmental activist and writer. He is the founding editor of Sanctuary Asia, a wildlife and ecology magazine based in India. He is a member of the National Board for Wildlife of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He grew up in Kolkata before moving to Mumbai in 1970. He has been associated with Project Tiger from its inception and was greatly influenced by Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ‘Birdman of India’.

 

BORIA MAJUMDAR

Boria Majumdar is a historian, writer, commentator and journalist. A Rhodes Scholar, he went to St John’s College, Oxford University to do a D.Phil. on the Social History of Indian Cricket in October 2000. He completed his doctorate in March 2004 and the thesis was subsequently nominated for publication in the Oxford monographs series. It was published in India by Penguin-Viking as the much acclaimed Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket in December 2004. There after Dr. Majumdar went on to teach at the Universities of Chicago, Toronto and La Trobe where he was first distinguished Visiting Fellow in 2005. He was also the first Indian to be awarded a fellowship to work at the International Olympic museum archives in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently he is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts at Monash University. He was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2009.

 

BORNILA CHATTERJEE

Bornila Chatterjee is a writer and filmmaker who divides her time between Brooklyn and Calcutta. Bornila's debut film Let's Be Out, The Sun Is Shining premiered at the 2012 New York Indian Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and its lead Lipica Shah was nominated in the Best Actress category. From 2010 to 2013, Bornila was the Managing Director of Stonestreet Studios, a screen acting school and advanced conservatory in the Department of Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Bornila was one of eight writers selected for the 2011 JT3 Foundation For Young People in the Arts/Writers Guild of America East Foundation Mentorship Program held in New York. She is a 2014 fellow of the Sundance Institute/Mumbai Mantra Screenwriters Lab and holds a BFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

 

C P SURENDRAN

C.P Surendran is a poet, novelist and journalist. He has been associated with The Times of India and DNA as senior editor and editor in chief. Surendran is also the author of four volumes of poetry: ‘Gemini II’, ‘Posthumous Poems, Canaries on the Moon’ and ‘Portraits of the Space We Occupy’. His poems have been widely anthologized in India and abroad. His first novel ‘An Iron Harvest’ about the Naxalite uprising in Kerala, was published by in 2006. Since then he has written ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘Hadal.’

 

CASI DYLAN

Casi Dylan is Projects Manager at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, running its national, year-round programme of events, community projects and festivals. This work aims to engage communities new to the Book Festival, representing their stories on a local stage as well as the international platform of Edinburgh in August. A graduate of the University of Liverpool's Reading in Practice MA, she was previously Literary Learning Manager at The Reader Organisation social enterprise, work which took her to Australia, Belgium, Denmark, and all over the UK.

 

CATHERINE MACLEAN

Catherine Maclean is the curator for Purvai Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Arts at Lanntair.

 

CHAND SUR

Chand Sur is a legendary cook. Her first book, published by Roli Books, titled ‘Continental Cuisine for the Indian Palate’, was an instant success and almost immediately went into its second edition. Her second book on ‘Lucknow Cuisine’ is co-authored with her daughter, Sunita Kohli. Chand Sur is widely travelled, and is interested in different cultures across the world. She was born in Quetta, Balochistan and lived shortly in Lahore prior to Partition. She would later move to Lucknow with her family, and has a second home in Mussorie. She has participated in the prestigious seminar in the United States titled ‘Women as Leaders of Change’ along with her daughter-the Padmashree winning Sunita Kohli and granddaughters, including award winning architect Kohelika Kohli.

 

CHANDRAHAS CHOUDHURY

Chandrahas Choudhury is the author of Arzee the Dwarf which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Prize and was included in ‘60 Essential Works of Modern Indian Literature in English’ in 2010 by World Literature Today. He also edited an anthology of short stories, India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion which gained critical acclaim. His book reviews appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He also runs a literary blog at The Middle Stage. His second novel Clouds is releasing soon in 2018.

 
 

CHANDRASEKHAR MUKHERJI

Dr Chandrashekhar Mukherji is a senior medical practitioner and founding member of Children in Pain, he is a visiting consultant, lecturer and adviser to various public and private institutions in India and the U.K. His other interests include meditation-brain research, medical journalism and the theatre.

 

DANIEL HAHN

Daniel Hahn is a British writer, editor and translator. He is one of the editors of The Ultimate Book Guide, a series of reading guides for children and teenagers, the first volume of which won the Blue Peter Book Award. Other titles by him include Happiness Is a Watermelon on Your Head (a picture-book for children), The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain and Ireland (a reference book). His translation of The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007. His translation of A General Theory of Oblivion, also by José Eduardo Agualusa, won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. A former chair of the Translators Association and the Society of Authors, as well as national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, he currently serves on the board of trustees of the Society of Authors and a number of other organisations working with literature, literacy and free expression, including English PEN, Pop Up and Modern Poetry in Translation.

 

DAYANITA SINGH

Dayanita Singh is a celebrated photographer. Dayanita Singh’s art uses photography to reflect and expand on the ways in which we relate to photographic images. Her recent work, drawn from her extensive photographic oeuvre, is a series of mobile museums that allow her images to be endlessly edited, sequenced, archived and displayed. Stemming from Singh’s interest in the archive, the museums present her photographs as interconnected bodies of work that are replete with both poetic and narrative possibilities. Publishing is also a significant part of the artist’s practice: in her books, often made in collaboration with Gerhard Steidl, she experiments with alternate forms of producing and viewing photographs. Museum Bhavan, her latest work, has been shown at the Hayward Gallery, London (2013), the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2014), the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2014) and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2016). Singh has also authored eleven books which includes Zakir Hussain, Myself, Mona Ahmed, and many more.

 

DEBANJAN CHAKRABARTI

Debanjan Chakrabarti is Director British Council East and Northeast India. He has over 15 years of experience in leading education, development and cultural collaboration programmes in India and internationally. A triple gold medallist in English literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Debanjan is a Felix Scholar and obtained his PhD in literature and media studies from the University of Reading, UK. He has been a journalist and taught English literature and films at Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan and at University of Reading.

 

DEBASISH LAHIRI

Professor of English Literature at Lal Baba College (affiliated to University of Calcutta), he has also taught at various universities like University of Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University and West Bengal State University. His interest areas are Postcolonial theory, African and Australian Poetry and European Modernism. His first book of poems First Will and Testament was published from Writer’s Workshop. His poems have been published in various journals like The Journal of the Poetry Society of India, Muse India, Indian Literature, Inkapture and The Poetry Slazburg Review. No Waiting Like Departure is his recent release.

 

DEBASIS MUKHOPADHYAY

Debasis Mukhopadhyay worked as a senior librarian for 35 years in a Bengali daily ' Aajkaal '. He is a historian, researcher and a bibliophile . His research interest include local history, bengali food history, bengali books design etc. He is also a renowned Satyajit Ray scholar . Ray himself used to called him as a ' compendium of my works '. He is a author of 9 books on different subjects. " Satyajit Rayঃ Tothyoponji " is one of his best seller reference book.

 

DEEP DASGUPTA

Deep Dasgupta represented India is eight Tests and five One Day International matches, and has a century and two fifties to his name. He started playing junior cricket in Delhi, and represented the capital state in their Under 16 team. He shifted to his home state of Bengal for senior cricket, where he made his mark as a specialist opener, hitting a century on his Ranji debut against Baroda in 1998-99. In 2006, he took over the state team’s captaincy from Sourav Ganguly. Currently he is a well-known commentator and has been a part of Indian Premier League as well as the commentary team during the ICC World T20 2016.

 

DEV R NIL

Dev R Nil is the popular pseudonym for designers Debarghya Bairagi and Navonil Das. Ten years after their launch in 2006 at Lakme Fashion Week, the label has claimed a sprawling warehouse space in Kolkata as its flagship store, housing mainly bridal and menswear collections. Winning accolades for their risk-taking designs as well as their use of varied textiles, the duo has become one of the most sought after labels in the country.

 

DEVI KAR

Devi Kar has been an educationist for decades. She is currently the Director of Modern High School for Girls and of Modern Academy of Continuing Education (MACE) which she set up in 2007. It runs teacher training and academic courses in association with the University of Calcutta.

 

DOLLY BASU

Dolly Basu is a well-known theatre and TV actor who has worked in various popular television serials and movies like Mandobasar Galpo, Bodhon and Anuranan.

 

G. M. KAPUR

G.M. Kapur, popularly known as GM, is the state convener of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), West Bengal and Kolkata regional chapters. He also serves on its Central chapters committee. He has been associated with INTACH since its inception.

 

GILLIAN WRIGHT

Gillian Wright is a translator and writer based in New Delhi. She has translated two classic novels of Hindi literature, Raag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla and A Village Divided by Rahi Masoom Reza, as well as a selection of the acclaimed short stories of Bhisham Sahni. Her other books include Presidential Retreats of India and The Darjeeling Tea Book. She has also worked with her partner Mark Tully on all of his books, co-authoring India in Slow Motion. Her newest release, Mishti: The Mirzapuri Labrador is a children’s book about her family dog.

 

HARINDER SIDHU

In February 2016, Harinder Sidhu was appointed as Australia’s current High Commissioner to India. Born to Punjabi parents in Singapore, she had migrated to Australia with her family as a child. A senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she has also been serving as First Assistant Secretary of the Multilateral Policy Division. She has previously served overseas in Moscow and Damascus. Her previous roles included being First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Climate Change, Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments and Senior Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics degrees from the University of Sydney.

 

HARIPRIYA SOIBAM

Soibam Haripriya is Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Studies, Guwahati. She completed her PhD from the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies and journals, including Tattooed with Taboos (2015), Samyukta: A Journal of Gender and Culture (2016), Guftgu (2016), Indian Cultural Forum (2016) and Muse India (2016). More recently her work has appeared in Indian Literature.

 

HARSH NEOTIA

Harshavardhan Neotia is the current chairman of the Ambuja Neotia Group, a corporate house headquartered in Kolkata. He is also one of the co-owners of Atletico de Kolkata, an Indian Super League football team along with Sourav Ganguly, Sanjeev Goenka, Utsav Parekh and Santosh Shaw. Educated at St Xavier’s College and Harvard Business School, he is the founder of one of the first joint sector companies in India, “Bengal Ambuja Housing Development Limited” in partnership with the government of West Bengal. He was conferred the Padmashri in the year 1999 for his outstanding initiative in the field of social housing. He has been awarded the Young Presidents' Organization YPO Legacy of Honor Award and works as the Honorary Consul of Israel in West Bengal.

 

ISHEETA GANGULY

Isheeta is an acclaimed fusion singer and playwright "Three Women" & "Shakuntala Awaits". She has released seven widely acclaimed albums since her childhood and more recently her first fusion album, "Damaru - I Feel Your Rhythm", arranged by Bollywood music producer Shantanu Moitra and Grammy award winning percussionist Tanmoy Bose. Prior to creating “Three Women”, Isheeta collaborated on a number of acclaimed multi-media Tagore fusion projects including "Chiranthan" with Amitabh Bachchan & Tanushree Shankar, "Still I Rise" with danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, "A Tribute to Tagore" with the late Ustad Vilayat Khan and "Riot" with actress Shabana Azmi & Madhur Jaffrey. Isheeta has recently performed for Chelsea Clinton on the Intrepid in New York City as well as for TED X Gateway in Mumbai. Isheeta has just completed the screenplay adaptation for "Three Women" for Yashraj Films which is in pre-production.

 

ITU CHAUDHURI

Itu Chaudhuri of Itu Chaudhuri Design studied architecture and switched to graphic design to follow his passion. Itu Chaudhuri Design, run along with partner Lisa Rath, has played a major part in Indian design through design consulting that provides insightful solutions. He has worked as one of India’s first designers for television in the news and current affairs space in the 1980s, during the nascent days of private Indian television. In the early 1990s Itu conceived and created the country’s first electronically distributed service to create and distribute syndicated ready-to-print current affairs graphics to 70+ client newspapers. He won a National Award for Excellence in Illustration in 1980. He has also been visiting faculty at the National Institute of Design, and consulted with UCLA Arts, Los Angeles on curriculum development.

 
 

JADE WILLIAMS

Williams is the Festival Coordinator of the prestigious Henley Literary Festival. She has earlier worked as the Creative Director (Marketing) of the Piccolo theatre company.

 

JAIDEV DUTTA

Jaidev Dutta is the General Managet of The Lalit Great Eastren Kolkata. He was earlier associated with Accor Group and Taj Group.

 

JAMES NOËL

James Noël is a Haitian poet. He has written a number of books, including Le sang visible du vitrier [Seeing the Glass Cutter’s Blood] (Vents d’Ailleurs), Des Poings chauffés à blanc [White Hot Fists] (Bruno Doucey), and Kana Sutra (Vents d’Ailleurs), a collection of positions on a diversity of topics. Noël’s texts have been set to music by the likes of Wooly Saint-Jean, James Germain, Robenson Auguste, and Tamara Suffren. They have been performed by Pierre Brisson and the famous singer-entertainer Arthur H., in a show called L’Or Noir [Black Gold]. James Noel has received several awards for his works.

 

JAWHAR SIRCAR

Jawhar Sircar is a retired Indian civil servant , who has 42 years of experience in administration, and is equally well known as a researcher, author and a public speaker. He is associated with many cultural & academic Institutions, where he holds regular talks or presides over events and meetings. He has been unanimously elected as Chairman of the prestigious Centre for Studies in Social Science, Calcutta (CSSSC), a Premier Research institute. He has been elected as Vice President of the world's largest Public TV and Radio organization, the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, on which 67 nations are represented. Sircar is a Life Member of the Asiatic Society, India International Centre, Indian Anthropological Society and several other bodies. He has formerly been CEO of Prasar Bharati and served as Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

 

JAYANT KRIPALANI

Jayant Kripalani is an actor, director, screenwriter and author. Well known for TV series, like ‘Khandaan’ and ‘Ji Mantriji’, he also wrote the screenplay for Shyam Benegal's film, ‘Well Done Abba’. Jayant has played character roles in movies like ‘Heat and Dust’ directed by James Ivory, ‘Rockford’, made a cameo appearance in 2008 blockbuster ‘Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na’ and appeared in ‘3 Idiots’ as interview panel head. He has directed and produced films for multinationals and is actively involved with theatre. He has written the scripts of the original ‘Ghar Jamai’, and written and produced ‘PC aur Mausi’, a mini TV series. His first book, ‘New Market Tales’ is a collection of heart-warming and nostalgic tales set in the historic New Market area in Calcutta in the 1960s and 1970s. His second book, ‘Cantilevered Tales’, published in 2017, is a story about people, their quirks and why they become who they become.

 
 

JAYANTA BASU

 

 

JERRY PINTO

Jerry Pinto is a Mumbai-based Indian writer of poetry, prose and children's fiction, as well as a journalist. Pinto writes in English, and his works include, Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (2006) which won the Best Book on Cinema Award at the 54th National Film Awards, Surviving Women (2000) and Asylum and Other Poems (2003). His first novel Em and The Big Hoom was published in 2012. Pinto won the Windham-Campbell prize in 2016 for his fiction. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award 2016 for Em and The Big Hoom.

 

JOHN ANTHONY

John Anthony is a well-known guitarist and the founder of Karnatriix which brings together elements of jazz, blues, rock, trance, funk, and classical music in perfect harmony with the Carnatic kritis of Saint Thyagaraja. A major feather in John’s cap was the “No More Bhopals” live concert. Played in front of an audience of over 5000 people, the concert was John’s personal commitment to address the struggle of the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy. The concert, featuring musicians from all over India was organized to bid farewell too Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior from Chennai. The music video was aired on Channel V and the band performed live at 10 educational institutions across Chennai.

 

JOIE BOSE

Joie Bose is considered as one of the leading English poets of the city and writes a popular series called 'Confessions with Joie Bose' for a leading web-portal (when she is not working for a multinational company). She co-founded Poetry Paradigm and is an executive body member of Indian Performance and Poetry Library. She is also the joint-convenor of the National Poetry Festival. She has authored 'Corazon Roto and Sixty Nine Other Treasons'(2015), has co-edited two poetry anthologies, 'Dawn Beyond the Waste'(2016) and 'Cologne of Heritage'(2017), and has been published widely in journals both nationally and internationally. Her poems have been translated into Albanian, Bengali and Hindi. Internationally, she has performed her poetry in Japan and China, and in many Indian cities. Her works look deeply into interpersonal relationships, intra-personal relationships and the human psyche.

 

JOYDIP KUNDU

Wildlife conservationist, community and environment worker. Working with Sanctuary Asia's initiatives,campaigns and projects. Winner of Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award & West Bengal State Award for Wildlife Conservation. Presently Member of State Wildlife Board – West Bengal and also a Member of the Schedule I Animal Handling Committee for Sundarbans constituted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Acclaimed photographer.

 
 

JUHI KHATOON

 

JUSTICE MUKUL MUDGAL

Justice Mukul Mudgal is a retired Indian judge of Delhi High Court, and was the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 2009 to 2011. He is currently the head of the FIFA Governance Committee and Review Committee. Mudgal was born in New Delhi to a renowned classical musician from the Gwalior gharana. In 2014, he headed the Mudgal Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegation of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

 

KABIR SUMAN

Kabir Suman is an Indian singer, songwriter, musician, music director, poet, novelist, polyglot, journalist, political activist, TV presenter, and occasional actor. He is instrumental in changing the sound of Bengali popular music. From May 2009 to 2014, he was a member of parliament of India in the 15th Lok Sabha. He was honoured with Sangeet Mahasamman by Government of West Bengal in 2015.

 

KALYAN RAY

Kalyan Ray grew up in Calcutta and was educated in India and the US, and has taught in Greece, Ecuador, Jamaica and the Philippines where he was a Visiting Professor of Comparative Theology. His poems and translations have appeared at the US and India; some have been anthologized. He has published several books of translations of contemporary Indian poetry into English, including City of Memories, which has a Preface by Allen Ginsberg, and Emperor Babur’s Prayers and Other Poems by Sankha Ghosh. He is the author of the novel Eastwords (was adopted by several universities and colleges in Asia and the US as a text in courses on Post-Colonial literature) and his most recent work, No Country, is based on his own experiences. He is currently completing his third novel A Rain of Stones. He lives now in India.

 

KARTHIKA VK

Karthika VK started her career in publishing at Penguin Books India in 1996 and moved to HarperCollins Publishers India in 2006 to head up the publishing programme in India. She was Publisher and Chief Editor there till her resignation in October 2016. She has acquired and published several major writers of fiction and non-fiction including Anita Nair, Anuja Chauhan, Manu Joseph, Hartosh Singh Bal, Rana Dasgupta, S Hussain Zaidi, Sarnath Banerjee, Amruta Patil, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Karthika Nair and Booker-prize winner Aravind Adiga, among others. Early in 2017, she started a boutique imprint of her own at Westland Books, which is owned by Amazon.

 

KARUNA EZARA PARIKH

Karuna Ezara Parikh started her career as a print journalist and entered the television industry as an anchor for Doordarshan’s series, ‘Destination Himalaya’. Presently, she is an anchor for NDTV Good Times’ show, ‘Life is a Beach’. She is known for having developed a micro-finance project aiding Haryanvi women at The Laksh Foundation, Mangar, and their wares are now available in Delhi and New York.

 

KAVITA PANJABI

Kavita Panjabi is a professor of Comparative Literature, and Co-ordinator of the Centre for Studies in Latin American Literatures and Cultures, at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is also an activist in the Indian women’s movement and in the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy. She has just completed an oral history of the Tebhaga women’s movement in Bengal called Unclaimed Harvest: An Oral History Of The Tebhaga Women's Movement, and edited Poetics and Politics of Sufism and Bhakti in South Asia: Love, Loss and Liberation. She has also authored Old Maps and New: Legacies of the Partition.

 

KINGSHUK NAG

Kingshuk Nag is a popular journalist well known for his political commentary. He is also a bestselling author of titles like NaMo story: the biography of Narendra Modi, Saffron Tide and his most recent work, Kingfizzer: The Rise and Fall of Vijay Mallya. Nag is a winner of the coveted Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political reporting and analysis and also the Rajiv Gandhi award for excellence in journalism given by the Rajiv Forum of Odisha.

 

KIRAN NAGARKAR

Kiran Nagarkar is a novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. His works include, Saat Sakkam Trechalis (Seven Sixes Are Forty-Three) , Ravan and Eddie and the epic novel, Cuckold for which he was awarded the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award. Nagarkar was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, described as the 'highest tribute Germany can pay to individuals'. His new book Jasoda has received critical acclaim.

 

KISHORE BHIMANI

Veteran sports journalist and commentator, he has recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at 5th H&G Clinic Journalism Award for his contribution in the field of journalism. He is formerly a graduate of London School of Economics currently holds the prestigious position of being a faculty member of Pailan School of Media Studies, where he shares his wisdom with his students.

 

KISHWAR DESAI

Kishwar Desai has dealt with a number of social issues through her fiction, which she regards a powerful tool to do so. Her first novel Witness The Night, winner of the Costa First Novel Award, shortlisted for the Author's Club First Novel Award and longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, deals with sex selective infanticide, as The Sea of Innocence does with sexual violence and Origins of Love does with surrogacy and adoption. She started her career as a print journalist and worked as a political reporter with the Indian Express, before moving on to television and broadcast media. She was Vice President at Zee Telefilms (Zee TV), and also anchored Doordarshan's morning show, Good Morning Today. She currently writes columns for The Week magazine, The Asian Age and The Tribune newspapers. Desai is now working on taking the Partition Museum forward and on a new book on Indian cinema.

 

KOHMAL KHANNA

Khanna is an actor and theatre maker trained from the Drama School in Mumbai. She has had training in kathak, street jazz and jive. She has performed in The MuseFoal, The Night of January 16th and Crossover in theatres including NCPA, Rangashankara (Bangalore), Kala Kendra (Pune) and Ninasam (Karnataka)

 

LAURE LEROY

Laure Leroy is in charge of General Management & Press Relations at Zulma publications.

 
 

LEILA PATEL

Leila Patel along with her late husband Jayant Patel is the owner of the iconic Bombay Photo Stores which houses rare photographs of U.S. and British military during World War II, as well as the major events of India’s independence struggle in eastern India, in addition to the early days of the new Indian republic.

 

MADHUBANTI ROY CHOWDHURY

Madhubanti Roy Chowdhury is the founder of Participatory Publishing Praxis—an alternative publishing initiative based on participatory dialogue and development in communities and groups traditionally distanced from mainstream media and print circuits. Her community publishing projects include her engagement with the Patachitrakars of Naya in Medinipur, women idol-makers of Kolkata’s Kumortuli, as well as with the Baul and Fakir communities.

 

MADHUJA MUKHERJEE

Madhuja Mukherjee is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of film studies, Jadavpur University. Her primary research is on the Indian film industry; as well, she is involved with database building, archival projects, and research on technological transformations in India.

 

MAHMOOD MAMDANI

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the 'Top 20 Public Intellectuals' by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of books, among other journals.

 

MAHNAZ DAMANIA

Mahnaz Damania, originally from Ahmedabad, has trained at the Stella Adler Studio, NYC, for stage-craft and camera technique. While in New York, she was part of the Off Broadway production of Sakharam Binder (an adapted and devised rendition). Shikhandi, 07/07/07, Naqqaash and Crumpled are some of the plays to find her in, in India. Other than appearing in web shows like TVF Tripling, Dev DD, Amazon Prime Original Inside Edge - being from Ahmedabad, she is also a part of the channel Untypical for urban Gujarati Web content. She dabbles in short films and has worked on Specials, Coma Cafe, Followed, En Passant and many more. Tu Hai Mera Sunday, Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania and Non-Stop are the feature films she has been a part of.

 

MAKENZY ORCEL

Makenzy Orcel is a novelist and poet. Born in Port-au-Prince in 1983, he constantly travels between Haiti, the U.S and France where his publisher, Zulma Publishing house, is established. His Les Immortelles (The Immortals / Under the Peepal Tree) a very moving work of fiction about the Haiti earthquake of 2010. He published two volumes of poetry, The Pain of the Hug and Sans ailleurs. His second novel, The Latrines , was released in October 2011.

 
 

MALLIKA JALAN

Mallika Jalan is a documentary film maker and producer.

 

MANIT RASTOGI

Manit Rastogi is the Founder Partner of Morphogenesis, one of India’s leading award-winning Architecture and Urban Design practices based out of New Delhi, India. Morphogenesis has been ranked for 5 years in running among the Top 100 Architectural Design Firms worldwide by Building Design Magazine, UK in WA100, 2016. He is a Fellow of the IIA (Indian Institute of Architects) and the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, UK). He has taught at various universities and been a director of the Sushant School of Art and Architecture as well as the Sushant School of Design. Manit is a founder member, The GRIHA Council. As a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of GRIHA, India’s own Green rating system, and as member, Resource Persons Group on Environment and Ecology- Lt. Governor’s Secretariat, New Delhi, Manit works with urban policymakers to spearhead initiatives with an emphasis on environmental sensibility and social welfare.

 

MANORANJAN BYAPARI

Manoranjan Byapari entered the world of letters in 1981 with the encouragement of Mahasweta Devi, publishing an autobiographical piece in her journal, ‘Bortika’. He has since then penned a number of novels and over a hundred short stories, besides essays and poems. His influential essay ‘Is there a Dalit Writing in Bangla?’ appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly. His autobiography, Itibritte Chandal Jiban, records the Dalit experience of oppression in Bengali society. It won the Suprova Majumdar Memorial Prize from the Bangla Academy. His work is informed by his own experiences of oppression. Byapari was born in 1950, in Barisal, and came to West Bengal, India, in the aftermath of partition. As a child in a Dalit refugee family, his childhood was spent working, not disabling him from attending school. Thereafter he worked as a casual labourer, sweeper, night-watchman, lorry-helper and rickshaw-puller. He was jailed in connection with political activity, where he learnt to read and write. A documentary of his life was made by Rajya Sabha TV.

 

MARK TULLY

Born to British parents in Calcutta, Tully attended boarding school in Darjeeling before being sent for further education to England. Tully’s career with the BBC began as personnel manager in London. He worked with the BBC for a period of 30 years before resigning in July 1994. He held the position of Chief of Bureau, BBC, Delhi, for 20 years. His dispatches were translated into many languages, and he soon became one of India’s most revered resident foreigners. He hosts Something Understood on BBC 4. He has authored a number of books on India, which includes Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle, co-authored with Satish Jacob, No Full Stops in India and India’s Unending Journey. Tully was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1985 and was awarded the Padma Shree in 1992. He was knighted in the New Year Honours 2002, receiving a KBE, as well as BAFTA in 1985 for lifelong achievement. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2005.

 

MEERA NAIR

Meera Nair is a media professional. She has always engaged in creative writing. Her short stories and poems have been published in various journals and have won her numerous prizes. Her first book of poems, won her the second place at the Muse India Young Writers Award 2015. Her poems are appreciated for their beauty, irony, intensity and spirit of combat. Meera is a trained classical dancer and lives in Trivandrum.

 

MEGHNAD DESAI

Meghnad Desai is an Indian origin economist based in the United Kingdom. Educated at the University of Mumbai and the University of Pennsylvania, he has worked at the University of California (Berkeley) as Associate Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and taught at the London School of Economics. Desai has published over 200 articles in academic journals and had a regular columns in British radical weekly Tribune, in Indian business daily Business Standard and in Indian Express and Financial Express. A selection of his academic papers was published in two volumes as The Selected Essays of Meghnad Desai in 1995. He has also been politically active, being member of the House of Lords and having been Chairman of the Labour Party from 1986-1992. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2008. He was made a life peer as Baron Desai, of St Clement Danes in the City of Westminster, in April 1991.

 

MINU BAKSHI

Minu Bakshi is a multifaceted and versatile individual. A singer with years of training in Hindustani classical music, a professor of Spanish language at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, an accredited Spanish language interpreter for the Indian Government and the Vice - Chairperson of the NGO Savera (a society for the uplifting of underprivileged women and children). She has also been chairing, “The London Asian Film Festival (LAFF)” since her nomination as the Chairperson in 2015. In 2014, she was given the "Achiever's Award 2014" by the Global Punjabi Society for her efforts to preserve Punjabi Traditional and Folk Culture by the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Recently, she was conferred the “Order of Isabella la Catolica” by the Spanish Government for her services towards promotion of Spain and its culture.

 

MIR

Mir Afsar Ali or Mir is an Indian radio jockey, television anchor, singer, comedian and actor. He is the host of Mirakkel, a Stand-up Comedy show on Zee Bangla and Hi Kolkata on Radio Mirchi. He also appears on a Sunday audio suspense stories show named Sunday Suspense on Radio Mirchi. He has also acted in popular movies like Bhooter Bhabishyat, Byomkesh Parbo and many others. His newest release Ascche Abar Shobor is slated for 2018.

 

MIRA NAIR

Mira Nair began her career as an actress before segueing to make documentaries. Her feature debut, Salaam Bombay! (1988), won the Camera d’Or and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film. Nair has directed Mississippi Masala (1991), The Perez Family (1995), Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Hysterical Blindness (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2006), Amelia (2009), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012). Her most recent film, Queen of Katwe (2016), stars Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.The film is based on the true story of the Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi. Nair's acclaimed film Monsoon Wedding (2001) was recently brought to the stage as a highly anticipated musical at Berkeley Repertory Theater where it closed an extended, sold-out run this past summer. In 1998, she used the profits from Salaam Bombay! to create Salaam Balak Trust which works with street children in India. A long time activist, Nair set up an annual film-makers’ laboratory, Maisha in Kampala, Uganda.

 

MODHURIMA SINHA

Modhurima Sinha is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Taj Bengal in Kolkata. She is a writer and director of the short film, The Third Eye (2015), which got selected for screening at Indische Film Festival Stuttgart. She has also worked as the Bureau Chief of the Asian Photography in Kolkata. Her feature film Talking of Michelangelo (2017) premiered in the Kolkata International Film Festival in November.

 
 

MOUSUMI BANERJEE

 

NABANEETA DEV SEN

Nabaneeta Dev Sen has published more than eighty books in Bengali, across genres and concerning herself with a wide range of issues. Some of her well-known works are ‘Bama-bodhini’, ‘Nati Nabanita’, ‘Srestha kabita’ and ‘Sita theke suru’. She was a professor of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University and is the founder secretary of the Indian National Comparative Literature Association. Dev Sen has served on many boards and committees in different capacities. She was the Member, Advisory Board for Bengali, Sahitya Akademi in 1978-1982; and Member and Convenor, Bharatiya Jnanpith Award Language Advisory Committee, 1975-1990. She has received many awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, 1999 and the Padma Shri in 2000. In 2017, she was declared winner of the Big Little Book Award for her contribution to children's literature.

 

NALINI PAUL

Nalini Paul is a widely-published poet. Born in India, she grew up in Canada, and has been living in Scotland for most of her adult life. Constantly changing postcolonial female subjectivities pervade her poetry, and are the focus of her PhD thesis on Jean Rhys (University of Glasgow, 2008). She was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Award for her first poetry pamphlet, Skirlags (2009) and spent a year working as George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow in Orkney from 2009-10, where her love of the outdoors was indulged through writing workshops with the RSPB and archaeologists. She has collaborated with musicians, dancers (Orkney traditional and Bharatnatyam), and visual artists. Nalini won a Tom McGrath Award for her work in progress, Beyond the Mud Walls with Stellar Quines Theatre; which was showcased at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2016. In 2017 she was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and spent the month of June in Grez-sur-Loing France, working on her first full poetry collection. Nalini’s new poems take inspiration from her varied background and from The Bhagavad Gita. www.nalinipaul.com

 

NAMITA GOKHALE

Namita Gokhale, an Indian writer and publisher, was conferred the Centenary National Award for Literature by the Assam Sahitya Sabha in Guwahati in 2017, ‘for creating a conducive environment for literature to thrive in the country and for her service to the nation’. She is the author of fifteen books including nine works of fiction. Things to Leave Behind was published in November 2016 and has received the Best Fiction(English) Jury Award at the Valley of Words International Literature Festival 2017 and is on the long list for the 2018 Dublin Literary Award. She is also the founder-director of Jaipur Literature Festival with William Darlymple.

 

NANDANA SEN

Nandana Sen is an actor, writer and women’s and children’s rights activist. She has acted in theatre and cinema internationally. She has starred in Hindi films including ‘Rang Rasiya’ ‘Black’ and ‘Prince’, English films like the American drama ‘The War Within’, Bengali films like ‘Autograph’ and the Italian film ‘Branchie’. Committed to the cause of child right and UNICEF India's National Celebrity for Child Protection and against Gender Based Violence, her writing, spanning across genres, also includes children’s books-Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm, Not Yet!, Mambi and the Forest Fire, and Kangaroo Kisses. She is working on a book with her mother, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, entitled Mother Tongues.

 

NANDITA PALCHOUDHRI

Nandita Palchoudhuri is a social entrepreneur curating and consulting internationally, in the field of Indian Folk Art Craft and Performance Practices. Ex-Chairperson on the board of the India Foundation for the Arts headquartered in Bangalore, and a member of the Ford Foundation – International Initiative for Social Philanthropy, Nandita’s work creates cutting edge artistic and functional applications using traditional skills that often address a current social need.

 

NARESH FERNANDES

Naresh Fernandes is a Bombay-based journalist and editor of digital daily Scroll.in. He has worked at The Times of India and the Associated Press in Mumbai, and The Wall Street Journal in New York. His journalism has appeared in The Hindustan Times, The New York Times, Outlook Traveller and Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. He is the author of City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay and co-author of Bombay Then and Mumbai Now, a photo-led record of the city’s historical and contemporary concerns. In 2003, he was the co-editor, along with Jerry Pinto, of Bombay Meri Jaan, an anthology of writing about Bombay. His 2012 novel, Taj Mahal Foxtrot, winner of the Dr Ashok Ranade Memorial Award and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, is a portrait of Bombay’s jazz age.

 

NAYANTARA SAHGAL

Nayantara Sahgal is an Indian writer in English who started her career writing about the Indian elite in the face of political change. She is the second of three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru’s sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. She was awarded the 1986 Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel, Rich Like Us. Her new book When the Moon Shines by Day, is a chilling commentary on our present socio-political scenario.

 

NORMAN OHLER

Norman Ohler is a New York Times bestselling author, novelist and screenwriter, best known for his book Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany, which has been published in over 25 languages. In the book, Ohler researches what role psychoactive drugs, particularly stimulants such as methamphetamine, played in the military history of World War II.

 

NOVONEEL CHAKRABORTY

Novoneel Chakraborty is the bestselling author of ten romantic thriller novels. His novel 'Forget Me Not, Stranger' debuted at no. 1 bestseller rank across India. While ‘All Yours, Stranger’ ranked in top 5 thriller novels on Amazon, India. The only one to feature amidst other international bestsellers. His novel ‘Black Suits You’ was in top 5 thrillers in Amazon for 15 weeks straight. Known for his twists, dark plots and strong female protagonists he is also referred to as the Sidney Sheldon of India by his readers. Apart from novels, Novoneel has written seven TV shows.

 

OINDRILLA DUTT

Oindrilla Dutt is Social entrepreneur. She is the director of Open Doors, the event management company.

 
 

PAROMITA CHAKRAVARTI

Dr. Paromita Chakravarti is Associate Professor, Department of English and Joint-Director, School of Women’s Studies at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She completed her doctoral studies in English at the Oxford University, UK. She teaches Renaissance drama, women’s writing, poetry, popular culture, queer and film studies. Her work in the School of Women’s Studies has focused on education and sexuality.

 
 

PATRICIA NICHOL

Patricia Nichol is a visual artist from France.

 

PRAJWAL PARAJULY

Prajwal Parajuly is an author whose works focus on Nepali-speaking people and their culture. Parajuly's works include the short-story collection The Gurkha's Daughter and novel Land Where I Flee. In September 2011, Parajuly became the youngest Indian author to be offered a two-book, multi-country deal by Quercus. Describing and dramatizing the experiences of the Nepalese people and the Nepalese diaspora, his debut book was shortlisted for the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize.

 

PRAMOD KAPOOR

Roli Books founder and publisher Pramod Kapoor has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) for his contribution towards producing books that have changed the landscape of Indian publishing. Kapoor has conceived and produced several award winning books like ‘Made for Maharajas’, ‘New Delhi: the Making of a capital’ and most recently ‘Gandhi: an Illustrated Biography’which have endeavoured to weave compelling narratives through visual storytelling.

 

PRASHANSA GURUNG

Prashansa Gurung is a photographer with five years of experience in telling stories through photography, writing and videography. Born in Darjeeling, she has travelled extensively while growing up. The founder of the photo exhibition, ‘Pictures Against Prejudice’, Prashansa has been an advocate of the gender justice movement. She holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s in History from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. Her work can be found on instagram @prashansagurung and www.prashansagurung.blogspot.in

 

PUSHPESH PANT

Pushpesh Pant is a noted Indian academic, food critic and historian. He retired as a Professor of International relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is one of India's leading experts on International Relations as well as Indian cuisine, and as a columnist has written for a number of major publications like Forbes, Open, Outlook, Times of India and The Tribune. His book, India: The Cookbook (2011), was named by The New York Times as one of the best cookbooks of the year.

 
 

RAHUL CR

 

RAHUL GUHA ROY

Rahul Guha Roy is an English language singer-songwriter from Calcutta, India with an experience of over 28 years in the Indian and South-East Asian music industry.

 

RAJU RAMAN

S.V.Raman, popularly known as Raju Raman, retired as Programme Director of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata in April 2010. He is presently Programme Consultant to Victoria Memorial Hall, teaches public speaking/communication/journalism/film/German at various institutions and is a freelance journalist, translator and interpreter. He is actively connected with several social and cultural organizations in various capacities.

 

RAKHI SARKAR

Rakhi Sarkar is the founder of CIMA Art gallery and the Project Director of CIMA Awards.

 

RAMANJIT KAUR

Ramanjit Kaur is a theatre practitioner who founded ‘The Creative Arts’, which aims to offer training in theatre for children and adults. Her filmography includes Deepa Mehta’s ‘Videsh- Heaven On Earth’, and ‘Fire’ and, Samir Mehanovich’s ‘Ananth. She has been the lead actor in Neelam ManSingh Chowdhury’s The Company for over two decades. She made her International directorial debut with the play ‘Crab Soup’ at the Lylian Baylis Studio, UK in 2008. She has also conceived and directed many plays including Site-Specific productions like ‘Is Job Charnock coming to dinner? ‘, ‘Upon A Yarn’ and ‘The Merry Go Round’.

 

RANJAN PALIT

Ranjan Palit is a Cinematographer, Producer, and Director is known for his films like Jashn-e-Azadi, Words on Water, In the Forest Hangs a Bridge, Kamlabai amongst others. His work ranges from documentaries on slum demolitions and protest poetry to the Bhopal gas tragedy and the Kashmiri struggle for autonomy. He has also worked for BBC and UNICEF. Voices from Baliapal won the National Award (1989), the Golden Conch (1990) and the City of Freiburg Award (1991). The Magic Mystic Marketplace, won the Golden Conch (1996) and the UNESCO Prize (1997).

 

RASHMI BANSAL

Rashmi Bansal is a writer, entrepreneur and a youth expert. An author of 7 bestselling books on entrepreneurship which have sold more than 1 million copies and been translated in 12 languages, including Korean and Vietnamese. Her popular titles include ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’, ‘Connect the Dots’ and ‘Take Me Home’. Rashmi co-founded JAM (Just Another Magazine) which went on to be-come India’s most popular youth magazine. Her popular blog Youthcurry features her writings on youth, careers and entrepreneurship. Rashmi is a columnist on Rediff.com and is a regular contributor to Businessworld magazine. She has also been Consulting Editor with business news channel Bloomberg UTV where she hosted India’s first call-in show on careers ‘Stay Hungry’. She is also the founder of bloodygoodbook.com, a platform to discover and epublish budding authors. Rashmi mentors numerous students and young entrepreneurs and has spoken at various corporates and institutes of national and international repute namely, IIM Ahmedabad, ISB Hyderabad and Kellogg School of Management. She graduated in Economics from Sophia College, Mumbai and did her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 1993.

 

RATNA PATHAK SHAH

Daughter to actress Dina Pathak and trained at the National School of Drama, Ratna Pathak Shah rose to prominence with the 80s television series ‘Idhar Udhar’. She is also well known for her role in the critically acclaimed show ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’ for which she received the ITA Award for Best Actress - Comedy in 2005. She has starred in a number of films, including ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’, ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Kapoor & sons’ and ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ among others. She is also co-founder and an active member of "Motley Theatre Group". She was a part of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Selecting Committee for 2012 Awards.

 
 

RAVI KANT SINHA

 

RINI BARMAN

Rini Barman is a freelance writer and researcher based in New Delhi and Guwahati. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Hindu Business Line, Mint Lounge, The Indian Express, The Sunday Guardian and others. She is currently working on a research project funded by the India Foundation for the Arts.

 

ROBERT DESSAIX

Hobart based Robert Dessaix is one of Australia’s best-loved writers. A former Russian scholar and presenter of a national book programme on ABC radio, he is best-known for his books A Mother’s Disgrace (where he investigates his French ancestors), Night Letters, Corfu and And So Forth – all which have been translated into several European languages. His other published works include a collection of originally spoken pieces As I Was Saying (2012) and What Days Are For (2014). An enthusiastic traveller all his life, a translator of Dostoyevsky and Turgenev and frequent visitor to India, his latest book The Pleasures of Leisure is partly set in Darjeeling, India and has reference to Hinduism and Khajuraho as well.

 

RUCHIRA GUPTA

Filmmaker and social activist, in 1997, Ruchira Gupta's documentary, ‘The Selling of Innocents’, shot in Mumbai’s red light district, won an Emmy. This prompted the creation of her NGO, “Aapne Aap Women Worldwide” in 2002, which works in the field of Women Rights and also helps eradicate the practice of human sex trafficking. Gupta won the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the Abolitionist Award at the UK House of Lords in 2007. She has addressed the UN General Assembly on human trafficking. Prior to founding Apne Aap, Gupta worked in the United Nations in various capacities for over ten years. She has also taught courses on human trafficking for New York University’s School of Global Affairs. Her work has been featured in 11 books including Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. Gupta was honored with the prestigious French award l’Ordre national du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) in 2016, for her commitment to end sex trafficking. In 2016, she was also honored with an honorary degree from Smith College, the Doctorate in Humane Letters. Ruchira was the NGO CSW Woman of the Year Distinction Awardee of 2015 and delivered a key note address to a packed audience at the famous Apollo theatre in New York at NGO CSW/NY consultation day. Gupta is on the board of Coalition against Trafficking in Women and the advisory councils of the Polaris Project, Vital Voices,Ricky Martin Foundation, Asoa Society, Nomi Network, The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Cents for Relief.

 

SAAZ AGGARWAL

Saaz Aggarwal is a contemporary Indian writer whose work includes biographies, critical reviews, translations and humour columns. Her book, Sindh: Tales from a Vanished Homeland tells the Sindhi side of the traumatic moment in history. It recreates life and landscape of Sindh in the 1930s and 40s.

 

SAGAR DARYANI

Sagar Daryani is the co-founder of QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) chain, Wow! Momo along with Binod Kumar. A small business that began with Rs 30,000, now stands at a staggering Rs 200 crore valuation in eight years since its inception. It has expanded across ten cities and 150 stores. It is the very first QSR format food joint in the country specializing in momos.

 

SAIRA SHAH HALIM

Saira Shah Halim is a writer, educator, theatre personality,corporate trainer,poet ,a social and political activist who's actively involved with causes such as gender equality,safeguarding secularism and democracy and women’s issues. You can catch her daily on national prime time debates television as a social and political commentator. She is also an Executive Committee member of West Bengal Federation of United Nations Association. She’s also a motivatational speaker,a behavioural and leadership trainer as well as a life coach who’s conducted a no of workshops for different organisations across India and abroad.

 

SALIL TRIPATHI

Salil Tripathi is a contributing editor at Mint and Caravan in India, and director of policy at the Institute for Human Rights and Business. He was board member of English PEN from 2009 to 2013. In 2011, he won the third prize at the Bastiat Awards for Journalism about free societies. Over the last 18 years, he has published nearly 1,000 articles in publications across Asia, Europe and America. Tripathi has also appeared frequently on television, for stations including CNBC, BBC, Doordarshan, and TCS (Singapore). He is the author of Offence: The Hindu Case, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy and Detours: Songs of the Open Road.

 

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI

Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator. Her fourteen books include her poetry books Absent Muses and The Fried Frog and other Funny Freaky Foodie Feisty Poems, her novels Rupture and Land of the Well. Her translation of Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry .

 

SANAZ FOTOUHI

Sanaz Fotouhi is a writer, filmmaker and academic. She is APWT's (Asia Pacific Writers and Translators) general manager. She holds a PhD in English literature from UNSW. As an Iranian-Australian and someone who has lived and travelled extensively Sanaz is interested in narrative and stories that emerge from the diasporic experience. Her first book The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and Identity since the Islamic Revolution was published in March 2015 (I.B. Tauris). Her stories and creative fiction are also reflective of her multicultural background. Her fiction includes Ceydney, in Stories of Sydney, Seizure, 2014. She is one of the founding members of the Persian Film Festival in Australia.

 

SANDIP ROY

Sandip Roy is an Indian journalist based in Kolkata after living in the USA for two decades. He is the Senior Editor of the news portal Firstpost. He is also a contributing editor with the Huffington Post, a regular commentator for NPR's ‘Morning Edition’ and New America Media. Sandip has won several awards for journalism and contributed to various anthologies including Storywallah!, Contours of the Heart, Because I Have a Voice: Queer Politics in India, Out! Stories from the New Queer India, New California Writing 2011 and The Phobic and the Erotic: The Politics of Sexualities in Contemporary India. Roy is the author of the novel Don't Let Him Know, which was a 2016 nominee for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature published in English.

 

SANJAY KAK

Sanjay Kak is an independent documentary film-maker of Kashmiri origin. An award winning director, some of his notable works include, ‘In the forest hangs a bridge’ (1999), ‘One Weapon’ (1997) and ‘Harvest of Rain’ (1995). His film based on the anti-dam movement in the Narmada Valley, ‘Words on Water’ (2003), has been screened widely and won many major international awards. His 2007 film ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ is a non-linear documentary that examines the historical forces shaping Kashmir’s contemporary political reality and the impulses behind the quest for self-determination. His 2013 work, ‘Red Ant Dream’ is based on the Maoist movement in India.

 
 

SANJEEV CHOPRA

Sanjeev Chopra, a member of the IAS, started his career as the Sub Divisional officer of Kalimpong and was privileged to know many of the 'dramatis personnae' in Peter Duff's remarkable tale on Sikkim. He has been a Hubert H Humphrey Fellow at Cornell, and a Robert S McNamara Fellow with the World Bank , and led the 'Books and Authors ' discussion series at the Civil Services Officers Institute at New Delhi. He enjoys reading, reviewing and discussing books, especially those connected with contemporary South Asia and the literature on partition. He also writes an occasional column on development interventions in leading newspapers and journals'.

 

SANJUKTA DASGUPTA

Dr.Sanjukta Dasgupta is Professor and Former Head, Dept of English and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University. Recipient of the Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship and Fulbright Scholar in Residence grant, Australia India Council fellowship, Gender Studies fellowship grant, University of British Columbia, among others, she was also the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize jury panel ( 2003-2005). She has been granted the Charles Wallace Trust UK Translator Fellowship 2016, to work on her project on translations of selected texts of Tagore and his daughter Madhurilata at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

 

SHAHANSHAH MIRZA

Shahenshah Mirza is the great-great-grandson of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the famed ruler who is accredited to be the founder of the popular Kolkata biriyani.

 
 

SHERNAZ DASTUR

 

SHOBHAA DE

Shobhaa De has monitored and written extensively on India’s socio-cultural-political contours for over four decades. Her twenty books include several bestsellers like ‘Starry Nights’, ‘Spouse’, ‘Superstar India’ and now, her latest, ‘Seventy.... and to hell with it!” She is a prolific writer, columnist, blogger, social commentator and opinion shaper with a vast Twitter following of close to 3 million. It is often said that one tweet from her can – and does – shake up Parliament. Her feisty, irreverent style has made her a powerful icon, widely respected for her fearless and independent opinions.

 

SHUKTARA LAL

Shuktara Lal is a drama therapist and counsellor, teacher, publishing house employee and occasional director. She is the children’s director at the studio theatre The Creative Arts. Her involvement in her father’s (Ananda Lal) productions, while studying in Jadavpur University, marked the beginning of her career in theatre. She is currently working with Sanved on the significance of theatre and how it can be used for rehabilitation and empowerment of abused women.

 

SIRISH RAO

Sirish Rao is a writer, producer and cultural curator with deep connections to the international cultural world. He spent a decade as the director of one of India’s most respected publishing houses and has worked in event production in India, the UK and Europe. Sirish has authored twenty books, from commentaries on street art to children’s books, to retellings of Greek plays. His books have been translated into seventeen languages and won several international awards. Since co-founding Indian Summer Festival, Sirish has been responsible for introducing some of the world’s most noted contemporary artists to Vancouver, in a roster that features Nobel, Booker, Grammy and Oscar winning artists alongside emerging talent.

 

SOHA ALI KHAN

Daughter to Sharmila Tagore and the youngest of her generation in the Pataudi household, Soha Ali Khan has acted in a number of Hindi and English films, including ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Midnight’s Children’ and ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’ along with Bengali films like, ‘Iti Srikanto’ and ‘Antarmahal’. Her memoir The Perils of Being Moderately Famous, published this year by Penguin, is her authorial debut. Soha studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, and later earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE

Soumitra Chatterjee is an Indian film actor and stage actor and poet. He is best known for his collaborations with Oscar-winning film director Satyajit Ray, with whom he worked in fourteen films. Soumitra Chatterjee is also the first Indian film personality to be conferred with the Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's highest award for artists. He is also the winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award which is India's highest award for cinema. In 2017, exactly thirty years after auteur Satyajit Ray was honoured with France's highest civilian award, the prestigious Legion of Honor, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee received the same.

 

SOUMITRA DAS

Soumitra Das is a journalist from Calcutta who began his career with The Statesman and is now with The Telegraph. He is deeply involved with the visual arts and heritage issues and writes regularly on these topics. His book A Jaywalker’s Guide to Calcutta (2007) was a bestseller. His latest book, Calcutta: 1940-1970 In the Photographs of Jayant Patel will be presented at AKLF.

 

SRIJATO

Srijato Bandopadhyay is a poet. He won the Ananda Puroskar in 2004 for his book Udawnta Shob Joker (All Those Flying Jokers). In 2014, he won the Filmfare Awards East for Best Lyricist for the song 'Balir Shohor' from 'Mishawr Rawhoshyo'. He is now working on his next book "Mushtaq Hussain er Dorbari". Besides writing poems and songs, he is also a television anchor. Recently he made his acting debut in Srijit Mukherji's film Zulfiqar.

 

SUBORNO BOSE

Dr Suborno Bose is the founder of Indismart group. In 1989 he launched a business management school called the Institute of Advanced Management and established the International Institute of Hotel Management in 1994.IIHM is today regarded as one of the key leaders in the field of international hospitality management education in India. He is also the Managing Director of Zoom Enterprises Limited and founder of Young Chef School Competition and International Young Chef Olympiad. He is the CEO of International Hospitality Council and created the Int'l Hospitality Day (24 April).

 

SUDEEP CHAKRAVARTI

Sudeep Chakravarti attended Mayo College, Ajmer and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He began his career in journalism at the Asian Wall Street Journal, and subsequently worked at Sunday, India Today and the Hindustan Times. Sudeep is also a professional futurist affiliated to the World Future Society. His debut book, Tin Fish, was published in 2005 to both popular and critical acclaim. His second novel, Once Upon a Time in Aparanta, was published in 2008. His recent work The Bengalis has received critical acclaim.

 

SUDEEP SEN

Poet, translator, artist, and editor, Sudeep Sen studied English literature at the University of Delhi and was an Inlaks Scholar at Columbia University. Recognized as one of India’s finest younger poets, Sen has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, including The Lunar Visitations, Postmarked India: New and Selected Poems (1997), Lines of Desire (2000), Distracted Geographies and Aria, winner of the A.K. Ramanujan Translation Award. Blue Nude: New & Selected Poems, recipient of Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize is forthcoming. His collections of prose include Postcards from Bangladesh (2002). Sen is the first Asian to be honoured with an invitation to participate at the 2013 Nobel Laureate Week in St. Lucia, where he delivered the Derek Walcott Lecture and read his own poetry.

 

SUDHANVA DESHPANDE

Sudhanva Deshpande is an actor and director with Jana Natya Manch, and works as editor at LeftWord Books. He has also acted in popular Bollywood movies like Pink, Jolly LLB 2.

 

SUE RYAN

Sue Ryan is a journalist, travel writer, media consultant and founder of Henley Literary Festival.

 

SUJATA SEN

Sujata Sen CEO, Future Hope. Ex-Director East India, British Council. She also leads on Re-Imagine: India-UK Cultural Relations in the 21st Century, a research and dialogue initiative which attempts to understand what the relationship between the two countries will look like in the future and how it can be shaped for mutual benefit. She was Director with British Council Management Services, NOIDA. Before joining the British Council she has been a journalist, columnist and a publishing editor. She holds honorary positions in various organisations and Trusts.

 

SUMAN GHOSE

Suman Ghose is the co-founder of Inroads Leadership Development, which provides leadership and soft skills training to young adults and professionals. He holds an undergraduate degree from IIT, Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore.

 

SUMAN MUKHOPADHYAY

Suman Mukhopadhyay is a filmmaker and theatre director. His first cinematic directorial debut film was Herbert which was released in 2005. Herbert won the National Award for Best Bengali film. His second film Chaturanga, based on Tagore's novel was screened in 36 national and international festivals. The film received a Gran Prix award at Bridgefest, Sarajevo; the Best Director award at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Golden Palm at Mexico International Film Festival. He was awarded "Sera Bangali" 2015 by ABP Ananda Group.

 

SUNDEEP BHUTORIA

Rajasthan-born-Kolkata-based social and cultural activist whose name is synonymous with social welfare activities and promotion of Indian folk art, literature and culture. He is an outspoken community conscience and a youth icon representing India in United Nations Associations and various other fora and non-governmental organisations. He has been featured as one of the 50 youth figures that India can look up to by the Asia Magazine in 2005. In September 2010 he was felicitated with the “The Pride of India” Award in London for his chosen area of work at The House of Lords.

 

SUNITA KOHLI

Sunita Kohli is an Indian interior designer, architectural restorer and furniture manufacturer. She had restored and decorated Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President's House), Parliament House Colonnade (1985–1989), the Prime Minister's Office and Hyderabad House in New Delhi. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992. Her recent work The Lucknow Cookbook written in collaboration with her mother Chand Sur will be unveiled at AKLF 2018.

 

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

Swapan Kumar Chakravorty is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Presidency University, Kolkata. He has served as a Professor of English, Jadavpur University, and Director General of the National Library of India, Kolkata, and Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. He has been selected as Rabindranath Tagore Distinguished Chair Professor in Literature and Cultural Studies at Presidency University.

 

TANAJI DASGUPTA

Tanaji Dasgupta is an Indian producer and actor based in Mumbai and Kolkata. He is the writer and producer of The Hungry - an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. The film is being funded by Film London and Cinestaan (India) and written / directed by Bornila Chatterjee. As a producer, he is also developing Nuclear Hearts (written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee, co-produced by OddJoint, India and Dolce Vita Films, France). From 2011 to 2014, he was the Executive Producer of OddJoint (formerly called Overdose Joint), an independent film production company headed by Q and Celine Loop.

 

TISHANI DOSHI

Tishani Doshi is the author of five books of fiction and poetry. At the age of twenty-six, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her first book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. Her most recent book is a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods.

URVASHI BUTALIA

Urvashi Butalia is a writer and publisher based in Delhi. Co-founder of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, she now heads Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. She has a long involvement in the women’s movement and writes on a wide range of issues to do with gender. Among her best known publications is the award winning oral history of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India.

USHA UTHUP

Usha Uthup is a well-known singer and performer. Her career began in 1969 at a Chennai nightclub called Nine Gems and she has recorded more than a hundred albums in seventeen lndian languages, sung in several thousand concerts, performed in all major countries. Her music has charmed generations of lndians, young and old. She has sung songs in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Konkani, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu, kanada, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Dogri, Khasi, Assamese, Oriya, Sindhi or Spanish, French, German, ltalian, Zulu, Swahili, Sinhala, Russian, Ukrainian etc. Her music speaks a universal language and transcends religion, race, nationality and caste. She received the Padmasree Award in 2011.

 

VICTOR BANERJEE

Victor Banerjee is an Indian actor who has worked in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language films. In 1984, he acted as Dr. Aziz Ahmed in David Lean's film of A Passage to India, for which he was nominated for BAFTA award in 1986. In April 1985, Banerjee was given the "SHOWARAMA AWARD" by the Motion Picture Association of America as "New International Star". He has acted in Merchant Ivory Productions Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures, Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari, Ghare Baire and in Mrinal Sen's Mahaprithivi. He is the only person in India who has won the "National Award" in three separate categories.

VIDYA RAO

Vidya Rao is a classical singer and writer, and one of the leading performers of the delicate style of thumri-dadra singing. Rao is founder-member of Delhi-based theatre group Vivadi. She has been recipient of Fellowships from the Ford Foundation, and the Indian Government’s Department of Culture. Rao has researched and written extensively on music and the performing arts. She has been Visiting Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is also Consulting Editor with Orient Blackswan Publishers, New Delhi. Rao has also been Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, in Nantes, France.

VIKAS K JHA

Vikas Kumar Jha is a journalist by profession and has worked for magazines like Maya and Outlook. His first novel was titled Bhog, and his collection of Hindi poems, Is Baarish Mein. He has also written two critically acclaimed plays in Maithili, namely, Jamputra and Sonmachhariya, and a nonfiction narrative on the criminalization of politics in Bihar. His work McCluskieganj received the Katha UK Award in the House of Commons in 2011

VIKRAM DUGGAL

Vikram Duggal represents US based Founder Institute (Idea-Stage Global Incubation Program) and Unitus Seed Fund (Seed-Stage Social Impact Venture Capital Fund) in Kolkata & Eastern India. As the Managing Partner of Ekcle Advisory Services, he also incubates and mentors startups, besides investing in them under the revenue-based funding model. Vikram is also associated with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park, Nasscom 10K Startup Warehouse, Indian Chamber of Commerce, and many other reputed organisations in various capacities. He has participated as a speaker, panelist and jury member in many startup events across India. Vikram has over 18 years experience heading sales & marketing functions for brands across India in verticals like Retail, Media, Durables, IT and Banking. During his career, he has successfully launched and revamped brands nationally, implemented large-scale on-ground consumer activations, set up new business verticals & alternate revenue channels, scaled up operations, optimized break-even and profitability timelines for new businesses.

VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Vishal Bhardwaj is an Indian film director, screenwriter, producer, music composer and playback singer. Bhardwaj made his debut as a music composer with the children's film Abhay and received recognition with his compositions in Gulzar's Maachis . He received the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for the latter. He went on to compose music for the films like Satya and Godmother for which he won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. Bhardwaj made his directorial debut with the children's film Makdee. He garnered critical acclaim and several accolades for writing and directing the Indian adaptations of three tragedies by William Shakespeare: Maqbool from Macbeth, Omkara from Othello, and Haider from Hamlet. In addition, Bhardwaj produces films under his banner VB Pictures.

ZUBENI LOTHA

Zubeni Lotha is a photographer based in Dimapur and Delhi. Her photo exhibition ‘Portraits of Dimapur’ was showcased at the Indian International Centre in 2012. She has also received an India Foundation for the Arts grant in 2015 to study and understand the construction of identity and representation of the Konyak Nagas by looking at the photographs taken by the Austrian ethnologist Christoph Von Fuhrer-Haimendorf in 1936.

 

 

 
   

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