Speakers

Apparasu Krishna Rao

Apparasu Krishna Rao

55 Year old Apparasu Krishna Rao is a senior journalist, poet, and literary critic from Hyderabad based in Delhi. He is presently working as Associate Editor, Andhra Jyothy Delhi. Previously, he worked as Resident Editor The New Indian Express, Hyderabad., Bureau Chief,Udayam, AP Times etc, Krishna Rao has a vast experience of about 33 years in Journalism, including 25 years in the national capita of Delhi.

A post graduate in English literature and journalism, ,Krishna Rao is popularly known as ‘Krishnudu’ in literary circles. He authored two books of poetry, one book of political and literary columns and wrote several articles from politics to economics to literature in various publications.. He translated the poetry book of Sahitya Academie awarded Padma Sachdev into Telugu. His weekly column "India Gate” in Andhra Jyothy daily on the contemporary political and social developments is widely acclaimed as the most popular column in on national politics His columns “Delhi Dateline” in Udayam Telugu daily and ‘Sahitee Chowrasta’ in Andhra Bhoomi in '80s also received wide appreciation. He received several awards for his literary and journalistic writings. Among them are, Moturi Hanumantha Rao Award, N. R. Chendur Award, Tapi Dharma Rao award, Bharat Gaurav Award, Mother Theressa Award and Aluri Bairagi Award etc.,

Anuradha Sarmapujari

Anuradha Sarmapujari

Anuradha Sarma Puzari started her literary career as a Journalist cum Columnist during her stay in Kolkata and contributed regularly in Assamese, English and Bangla news papers and magazines. She wrote her first novel ‘Hriday Ek Bigyapon’ in 1998 and continuing her literary venture with 11 Novels, 4 Short Story collection,1 Travelogue and 7 books on Autobiographical essays and other topics till now. She has edited a number of books and journals also. Some of her works have been translated into some major Indian languages. She has conferred with several awards by various leading Literary bodies of Assam like Assam Sahitya Sabha and many others.She has attended many literary meets and discussions organized by Sahitya Academy, N.B.T. and many other literary organizations as a speaker and attended the prestigious events like Joypore Literature Festival, SAARC Festival of Literature, Brahmaputra Literary Festival by N.B.T., Guwahati Literary Festival, European Union for Indian Media and many other as a Resource person cum Penalist. She was invited by the U.S. Government in the year 2005 for the ‘United Nation’s International Visitor’s Leadership program’ and participated in discussions and seminars in many leading Universities and Media Houses of U.S. She has visited the United Kingdom and Bangladesh etc. to take part in Literary and Cultural meet as an invitee and speaker.

At present she is working as Editor of the premiere Assamese weekly ‘Sadin’ and a leading Assamese literary magazine ‘Satsori’. She is an Executive body member of Assam Publication Board constituted by Govt of Assam.

Anurag Mahanta

Anurag Mahanta

alias Jibon Krishna Goswami

Father's Name : Gakul Chandra Dev Goswami
Date of Birth : 01-04-1968
Address : Gaurisagar, Dist. : Sivasagar (Assam) Pin-785664
Mobile No. : 9954423783
e-mail : anurag.mohanta222@gmail.com
Educational Qualification : B. Sc Appeared
Life and Achievement : As an activist of AASU and hold the post of Cultural Secretary of AASU, Sivasagar District Committee, General Secretary of Student Union Body, Sibsagar College, Joysagar. In 1989 actively joined in Arms Struggle. After 16 years struggle life came to end when Royal Bhutan Army launched operation all clear to flush out ULFA rebel from its territory. After being handed over to Indian army he was kept Jorhat jail. After a long imprison life came to open air on 2006.

Literary Achievement (Novel)
a) Aoleangor Jui (Novel based on own experience in the no man's land of India and Burma st boarder) 1 edition was published in 2007 (3 edition published).
b) This novel has been translated to English under the title of “ Remains of Spring : A Naga village in the No Man's Land” by Manjeet Baruah, Assistant Professor, North East India Studies Programme, Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi published by Oxford University Press publication, India (2016). The novel was published in the actual name of Novelist Jibon Krishna Goswami.
c) Kongliangor Maat (The voice of Kongliang Bird, 2015) Poetry book
i) Guerrillar Sithi (Letters of Guerrrilla,2001)
ii) Bon Puroir Gundha (Smell of Bonpuroi,2008)
iii) Oghori Meghar Madol (Drums of Homeless cloud,2009)

Bhatati S Pradhan

Bhatati S Pradhan

Columnist, Critic & Author

She was the first-ever Indian journalist to face the camera when she started doing a column for Lehren which was also India’s first video magazine.

Senior journalist and best-selling author Bharathi S Pradhan has been editor of several magazines like Savvy and Movie. She has regularly written for a cross-section of publications including Mid-day and Reader’s Digest. Bharathi hosts a show on YouTube and Lehrentv called ‘Show Business’, she is a Sunday columnist with The Telegraph and she reviews Hindi & English films. She is a popular moderator and has conducted conversations on stage with many well-known personalities including Madhur Bhandarkar, Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra and many other celebrities. Bharathi has been on the jury of many prestigious awards like ITA, ICE Awards and GIFA. She was Chairperson of the National Awards for Best Writing on Cinema and was a jury member of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2015. Bharathi writes fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of subjects including communal harmony and the biography of a bidi king. Her well-received book ‘Heartfelt’, based on the incidents from the life of Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota and his wife, told an inspirational tale of how the mind can heal the body. It was hailed as India’s answer to ‘The Secret’. Her best-seller ‘Anything But Khamosh’, the official biography of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, has fetched very hearty reviews for its forthright, balanced writing. Bharathi is currently writing two fictional novels and two non-fiction books.

Brajendra Tripathi

Brajendra Tripathi

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Delfim Correia Da Silva

Delfim Correia Da Silva

DELFIM CORREIA DA SILVA is the director of CLP-Camões in Goa and a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Portuguese & Lusophone Studies, Goa University. As a scholar and Ph.D student of University of Porto, Portugal, he has been researching the Goan literature in Portuguese and its inclusion in the syllabi of Portuguese Studies in India. Member of the Thematic Project “Pensando Goa” he has been organising the International Symposium “Goa: Cultures, Languages and Literatures” since 2016. He has promoted Portuguese Literature in India inviting several writers such as Miguel Real, José Luís Peixoto, Raquel Ochoa, Miguel-Manso, Rui Cóias, Rui Zink and Bruno Vieira Amaral to participate in literary festivals, encounters and reading sessions. He speaks Portuguese, French, Spanish and English.

Dinkar

Dinkar

दिनकर कुमार

Fजन्म 5 अक्टूबर 1967,ब्रह्मपुरा,दरभंगा(बिहार).बचपन से असम में.अब तक 8 कविता संग्रह,दो उपन्यास और दो जीवनी प्रकाशित.असमिया से 55 पुस्तकों का हिंदी अनुवाद.सोमदत्त सम्मान,जस्टिस शारदाचरण मित्र स्मृति भाषा सेतु सम्मान,अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पुश्किन सम्मान से सम्मानित.सम्प्रति गुवाहाटी से प्रकाशित हिंदी दैनिक सेंटिनल के संपादक हैं.

Dr. Dinkar Joshi

Dr. Dinkar Joshi

Born on 30th June 1937, Dr. Joshi has at his credit 160 books so far in Gujarati language. His 60 books are translated and published in Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Oriya, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannad, English and German languages. His writing covers different areas of the life of man kind and the research work on Lord Krishna and epics like Mahabharat and Ramayan. He has carved a new path in the field of Biographical novels viz. Gujarati poet Narmad, Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal, Mohmad Ali Jinnah, Rabindranath Tagore, Lord Buddha, Sardar Patel and on Count Leo Tolstoy.

His novel ‘ Mahatma Vs Gandhi’ was adapted as play and also as movie in different languages including English. It was invited for Gandhi Jayanti celebration at New York. Based on this novel a film was produced in English and Hindi by Anil Kapoor.

On the eve of the completion of his 75th Birth Anniversary, he was felicitated in a function held in Mumbai wherein his 15 books were released in 6 different Indian languages including English. The event of releasing 15 books in 6 languages at a time is recognized as a National record by the Limca book of records.

He has edited translation of complete ‘Mahabharat’ in Gujarati language in 20 volumes.

At present he is occupied with reading and writing. He lives in Mumbai.

Dr Vayu Naidu

Dr Vayu Naidu

Dr Vayu Naidu is a Performance Storyteller and Novelist living in London and Chennai. Her work with mental health and migration and in HM Prisons as well as currently with Vulnerable women in Thrive : Horticultural therapy uniquely impresses emotive intelligence in healing and aesthetics. Vayu Naidu Storytelling Theatre funded by Arts Council England (2000-2013) toured internationally with Contemporary Music and world musicians, Theatre and Dance exploring and traditional and new identities in transition.

Her novel: SITA'S ASCENT (Penguin 2013) was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award. THE SARI OF SURYA VILAS(Speaking Tiger 2017; Affirmpress Australia, was launched at the bicentennial celebration of Presidency University, Kolkatha and went on to Zee JLf, Mountain Echoes Bhutan, Byron Writers Festival and Melbourne Australia, Mumbai Times Lit Fest and now at NBT's Brahmaputra Lit Fest.

Understanding the molecules of diversity and creative channels of expression is the foundation and axis of her work.

She is a Research Associate atSOaS.

Her forthcoming novel bridges significances between historical documentation and lived history.

ErodeTamilanban

ErodeTamilanban

ErodeTamilanban is a Tamil poet and writer from Tamil Nadu. In 2004, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil for his poetry collection “VanakkamValluva”. He has also worked as a newsreader for Doordarshan. He is a board member of the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nadaga Mandram. He was awarded Kalaimamani award by Government of Tamil Nadu, Sahitya Akademi award (2004), and Kokkarako award (1969).

Ph.No:9444184753
E.Mail : erodetamilanban33@gmail.com

Gajen Mili

Gajen Mili

Gajen Mili- a renowned poet of the green state Assam was born in First March 1971 at Baligaon near Balipara under Sonitpur district. A small but neat and clean Mising village, which is surrounded by National sanctuary Nameri; neighboring state Arunachal Pradesh and the Jiya Bharali. Mili who uses to write poems both in Assamese and Mising language since his student life. He loved music, dance, art and social attachment since his childhood. He had started writing poems from the decade of 90’s. Though Mising is his mother tongue; he is seen composing Assamese poems flow fully.His poetry is based on river, natural surroundings and humanity. His poems are popular and widely read by the people of Assam for which they are published in leading Assamese dailies like – ‘Aamar Asom’, ‘Asomiya Pratidin’, ‘Aaji’, ‘Dainik Janambhumi’, ‘Dainik Asom’, ‘Asomiya Khabar’ etc and in magazines like ‘Prantik’, ‘Ranghar’, ‘Shree Moyee’, ‘Puwali’, ‘Nandini’, ‘Barta Pakhili’, ‘Prakash’, ‘Natun Prithibi’ etc. Five widely read poetry collections have been published by him. They are-
(01) ‘Mé:tom Ni:tom’ (Mising lyrical poems- 1994),
(02) ‘Tumar Uthar Mou-Bagisa’t(2015),
(03)’ Ebati Apongor Sahabas’ (2015),
(04) ‘Aaru Ei Bhalpuwa’ (2016),
(05) ‘Jinyar Junuka’ (2017).

He was felicitated by ‘Natun Sahitya Parishad’ in 2017 for his distinguished contribution towards Assamese poetry. He was invited as a poet for participation in –
(a) Literary Festival of Guwahati organized by NBT in 2016.
(b) Namami Brahmaputtra Festival Guwahati in 2017.
(c) Centenary poetry circle of ‘Asom Sahitya Sabha’ at Dhemaji in 2016.

HS Shivaprakash

HS Shivaprakash

Born 1954, Bangalore

Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, JNU, New Delhi .Author of 9 books of poems, 15 plays and 3 critical works in Kannada, which are widely discussed, performed and translated into several Indian languages and into English, Spanish, French, Italian German, Polish, Slovak and Turkish.
Winner of several best book prizes from Krnataka Literary Akademi for books of poems, translations and plays. Academic areas of interest include theatre/literary history, Indian theatre, Medival Studies, Comparative Literature, translation and folklore. Winner of the prestigious Rajyotsava Award from Karnataka State(2006) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from National Theatre Akademi (1997), Sahitya Akademi(2012), Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award(2016), Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Tanslation Award(2016) and Kusumagraj Kavya Puraskar(2017) Participated in International Writing Program in School of Letters, University of Iowa, USA (2000). Former Editor, Indian Literature, the journal of National Akademi of Letters. Former Dean, SAA, JNU.Former Director, The Tagore Centre, Berlin, Germany

Has travelled, lectured and read poetry in various countries in Europe, Asia and Americas.

Important English publications include I Keep Vigil of Rudra ( Penguin Classics, 2009), Traditional India Theatre (New Delhi, 2006), Indian Theatre 2000 (edited) (New Delhi, 2011).

Jemimah Marak

Jemimah Marak

My name is Jemimah Marak. I am a teacher/counsellor. I am also a certified career counsellor. I have done my BA in English, B. Ed and M.Sc in Counselling Psychology. I have been working with children since 2006, in different capacities: as a teacher, a counsellor, a career guidance advisor, an editor with a publishing house for school textbooks, with an NGO working with the slum children in Delhi and now as a librarian cum storyteller with The 100 Story House, a children’s library that I founded in 2016.

I am currently employed as a consultant education specialist/career counsellor for Aide et-Action International South Asia, for a project called Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya (SHCDM), a Government of Meghalaya initiative, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank. Through this project, I travel all over the Garo Hills providing career counselling to children, work with the government, school teachers and parents in improving the education scenario for our children.

Kamal Kishore Goyenka

Kamal Kishore Goyenka

कमल किशोर गोयनका

जन्म: 11 अक्टूबर, 1938
बुलन्दशहर(उत्तर प्रदेश)

शिक्षा: एम.ए., पीएच. डी., डी.लिट्.। दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय में 40 वर्षो तक हिन्दी के प्रोफेसर रहे। कालजयी कथाकार प्रेमचंद के जीवन, साहित्य, विचार तथा उनकी पांडुलिपियों के अध्धयन-अनुसंधान और आलोचना एवं उनके सैकडों पृष्ठों के अज्ञात-दुर्लभ साहित्य को खोजने तथा प्रकाशित कराने में आधी शताब्दी अर्पित करने वाले, इनके संबंध में सर्वथा नवीन अवधारणाओं के प्रतिपादक तथा उनकी भारतीय मूर्ति के अन्वेषक-स्थापक एवं देश-विदेश में 'प्रेमचंद स्कालर' के रूप में विख्यात। प्रेमचंद पर 30 तथा अन्य लेखकों पर 25 पुस्तकें प्रकाशित। 'व्यास सम्मान' के साथ अनेक पुरस्कारों से सम्मानित तथा कई साहित्यिक संस्थाओं के अध्यक्ष, महामंत्री तथा सदस्य।वर्तमान में: उपाध्यक्ष, केंद्रीय हिंदी संस्थान, आगरा, मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार; निवास: ए-98, अशोक विहार, फेज प्रथम, दिल्ली-110052; मो. 9811052469; ईमेल: kkgoyanka@gmail.com

Kaushal

Kaushal

Dr. Kaushal Panwar Ph. D.

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:



  • Permanent Assistant Professor, Sanskrit Department, Motilal Nehru College, University of Delhi, Benito Juarez Marge, South Campus, New Delhi. (From 7th August 2008 to till date)



  • The Member of Faculty Research Committee (FRC), as a guide in Faculty of Arts, Guide ship No. is CMJU-/G/11/3001170.CMJ University Mondrian Mansion, Laitumkhrah, Shillong, and Meghalaya, 793003 India.


SPECIALISED AREA OF STUDY INTEREST:



  • Study of Dharmaśhāstra and position of Śhūdras (Śhūdrās woman) in Ancient History, Varna-System, Castism, Language of Śhūdra and woman, Social movements in India.


WORK EXPERIENCE



  • Over nine years of teaching graduation students and guiding research scholar at Central university (Motilal Nehru College, University of Delhi), India (Complete 9th years and 1 month on September 2017)


EDUCATION:


       Research Degree:



  • D. In Sanskrit (Date of award 19th May 2009) Title of Thesis: ‘Dharmaśāstra Meṃ Śūdra (Pramukha Pāṇḍulipiyoṁ ke Viśeṣa Sandarbha Men) supervised by Dr. Santosh Kumar Shukla. Ph.D Thesis submitted 17th June 2008, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Enrolment No. 04/72/MS/13, Date of the confirmation 29.07.2004, New Delhi, India.

  • Phil. In Sanskrit with first class (Date of award the degree 5th March 2004) Title of Dissertation:‘Saṁhitāon Meṁ Śūdra’ supervised by Dr. Surender Kumar. Dissertation Submitted 26.03.2003. Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, with 66%, Haryana, India.


      Postgraduate:



  • Master of Art in Sanskrit with second class 2000-2001, Sanskrit Department, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, with 52%, Haryana India.

  • Master of Art in Hindi with first class 2013-2014, Vinayaka Missions University Salem, 62.83% Tamilnadu, India.


            Undergraduate:



  • A. in Sanskrit Major subject English, Political Science, Hindi with second class (1997-1999) I. G. College Kaithal, Haryana, India (Affiliated to Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra) with 51% Haryana, India.

  • Secondary with second class (1995-1996) Senior Secondary School Village Rajound, Distt. Kaithal with 58%, Haryana.


 MEMBERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION:



  • Board Member of ‘Safai Karamchari Andolan (From 2008 to 2012) New Delhi.

  • Outer Member of ‘Affirmative Action, Tata Power institute (From 15th October, 2012 to till date) New Delhi.

  • Member of Executed Committee ‘Dalit Lekhak Sangh’(From 2015 to till date) New Delhi.

  • Governing Body member of ‘Sanskrit Sahitya Academy’ (From 16.05.2015-05.06.2017) New Delhi.

  • Life Member of Bharatiya Sanskrit Patrakar Sangh (District East./Society/202/2011. (From 2015 to Till date)

  • Life Member of ‘World Association for Vedic Studies’ (From 2015 to till date)


PUBLISHED WORKS AND PAPERS:


(1)        Books authored:



  1. 2010, Saṁhitaoṁ Meṁ Śūdra, Vidhya Nidhi Prakashan Sansthan, D-10/1061 (Near Shrimahagauri Mandir) khajuri Khas, Delhi-110094. ISBN No. 978-93-80651-10-1, New Delhi. Total no. of pages in books 1-85.

  2. 2010, Bhāratīya Sanskriti Meṁ Śūdra evaṁ Nari, Vidhya Nidhi Prakashan Sansthan, D-10/1061 (Near Shrimahagauri Mandir) khajuri Khas, Delhi-110094. ISBN No. 978-93-80651-09-5, New Delhi. Total no. of pages in books 1-96.

  3. 2010, Dharmaśāstrīya Śūdra Avadhāraṇā, Vidhya Nidhi Prakashan Sansthan, D-10/1061 (Near Shrimahagauri Mandir) khajuri Khas, Delhi-110094. ISBN No. 978-93-80651-00-2. New Total no. of pages in books 1-263.

  4. 2016, Śūdra Strī: Partaṁtratā Evaṁ Pratirodha, Saannidhya Books X/3282, Gali number 4, Raghubarpura number 2, Gandhinagar, Delhi-110031. ISBN: 978-81-932311-8-0. New Delhi. Total no. of pages in books 1-128.


(2)       Translation and Edited book:


 



  1. 2010, Śūdrāhnikam (Kamalākara Bhaṭṭa) - Translation And Edited, Vidhya  Prakashan Sansthan, D-10/1061 (Near Shrimahagauri Mandir) khajuri Khas, Delhi- 110094.   ISBN No. 978-80651-08-8, New Delhi. Total no. of pages in books 1-105.

  2. 2016, Question of Human Rights: Indian Society - Edited by Dr. Kaushal Panwar, Books, X/3282, Gali Number 4, Raghubarpura number 2, Gandhinagar, Delhi-110031. ISBN No. 978-81-932311-2-8 New Delhi. Total no. of pages in books 1-280.


(3)       Creative writing:



  1. 2017, ‘Johadi’ (kahani Sangrah) National Book Trust of India, New Delhi. ISBN:978-81-237-8097-9.


Research Project Completed:



  1. Minor Research Project entitled “Śāstron meṁ Śūdra-Strī Vimarśa’ 1,50,000 funded by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, w. e. f. March 15, 2010 to November 5, 2011. No. F. 8-1(174) /2010(MRP /NRCB).


Research Papers in National Journals:



  1. Dharmaśāstroṁ meṁ strī nirūpaṇa evam viśleśaṇa, ‘SODH CETANA’ Research Journal (ISSN: 2249-0841) Vol.1, No.2, Jago Jan Seva Samiti. Varanasi, Page No. 129-139, Sept.2011,

  2. ‘Ādhunika Vaiśvīkaraṇa meṁ Sanskrit Aur uske Sāhitya kī prāsangikatā’ in SODH CETANA Research Journal (ISSN: 2249-0841) Vol.1, No.4, Jago Jan Seva Samiti. Varanasi, Page No. 108-121, March, 2012.

  3. Mahilā Muktī: Saṃskrit Granthoṃ Ke Viśeṣa Saṃdarbh Meṃ’ Udhabodhan E-Journal an electronic peer-reviewed quarterly refereed journal for humanities Edited by Vipin Jha, ISSN No: 2278-3016, Page No.52-58. 2015.


http://www.ijch.net/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=38&id=324



  1. ‘Shudra: Ek Samaj Shastriy Adhyyan (Dharmshastriy Drishtikon Se)’ in Strikal online E-Magazine, ISSN 2394-093X Editor- Sanjeev Chandan, dated:25th Feb,2017.


http://www.streekaal.com/2017/02/researchpaper-shudrwomen-kaushalpanwar.html.


 Sanskrit Research Papers in National and International Journals:



  1. Upnayan Sanskar: Samajikam-Sanskritikm ch visleshan Sanskrit Manjari-An International Referred Quarterly research Journal, Editor: Dr. Jitram Bhatt, Delhi Sanskrit Academy, Years 15, Ank: 1, July to September 2016, ISSN No.: 2278-8360, Page No.48-52.

  2. Samsaamayikpridrishyshastreshu Varnita Strishudryoh Prasangikata Sanskrit Manjari-An International Referred Quarterly research Journal, Editor: Dr. Jitram Bhatt, Delhi Sanskrit Academy, New Delhi, Years 15, Ank: 3, January to March, 2017, ISSN No.: 2278-8360, Page No. 45-52.

  3. “Eklavy” Poem,Sanskrit Pratibha, published by Sanskrit Saahity Academy New Delhi, October to December, 2016. ISBN: 978-81-260-5047-5.


Kula Saikia

Kula Saikia

Well known as a short story writer and a Sahitya Akademy Award Winner (2015) Shri Kula Saikia (born 1959,Assam) has got 20 short story collections published to his credit. Penguin Publication house has published his novel recently. He is a regular contributor to literary magazines and national dailies both in English and in Assamese. He was awarded the Munin Barkataki Award for Best Book of the year 1999 in Assam. In 2000 he was selected for prestigious Katha Award for his short story. His unique story telling craft has given him a distinctive space in contemporary fiction writing in Assamese as a trend setter making him popular amongst the new generation fiction writers. Shri Saikia, a highly acclaimed dramatist, have written three plays, and scripted two telefilms. Some of his plays were staged in different Theatre Festivals in the country. Some of Saikia's short stories have been translated and published in English and other Indian regional languages. He has been a panelist in a number of literature festivals in the country.

Kula Saikia had his Post Graduation in Economics from Delhi School of Economics after which he was teaching Economics for a while in the Hindu College, Delhi University. Presently he is an officer in the rank of Special DGP in Assam belonging to 1985 batch of Indian Police Service . Shri Saikia was a Fulbright Scholar at Pennsylvania State University and also worked as a consultant in World Bank, Washington for a short while. He was awarded President’s Police Medal twice.

Lakshmi Nandan Bora

Lakshmi Nandan Bora

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Lalit Shyam

Lalit Shyam

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Lathika George

Lathika George

Lathika George is a landscape designer, environmentalist and organic gardener. She is the author of The Kerala Kitchen, published in New York (Hippocrene Books, 2009), adapted for India as The Suriani Kitchen (Penguin Random House, 2017). She has published articles on food, design, travel, gardening and the environment in Inside Outside, Architectural Digest, Food 52, Conde Nast Traveller, Hindu BLink. She has a column on organic kitchen gardening in the Hindu Metro Plus called The Essential Kitchen Gardener. She also writes and speaks about sustainable landscapes and environmental issues. Her next book Mother Earth, Sister Seed, Travels to India’s farmlands will be published by Penguin Random House in January 2018

Laxmi Shankar Bajpai

Laxmi Shankar Bajpai

2013 में वेनेज़ुएला में आयोजित विश्व कविता महोत्सव में भारत से एकमात्र प्रतिनिधि कवि
दुबई अँतर्राष्ट्रीय कविता महोत्सव 2016 मे भारत एवं हिंदी के प्रतिनिधि कवि..
2010 में लन्दन में अंतर्राष्ट्रीय वातायन कविता सम्मान तथा कविताओं पर केँद्रित एक शाम
2010 में ही उत्तरी आयरलैंड ,वेल्श और ब्रिटेन के कई नगरों में कविता पाठ
2014 में मास्को में अंतर्राष्ट्रीय क्षेत्रीय हिंदी सम्मलेन में भागीदारी एवं कविता पाठ
2005 में प्रतिनिधि भारतीय कवि के रूप में पोलैंड ,त्रिनिदाद सूरीनाम और इंग्लैंड में कविता पाठ।
कविताओं का अनुवाद जापानी ,स्पैनिश ,इटैलियन अंग्रेजी ,तमिल ,असमी ,मलयालम,डोगरी आदि अनेक भाषाओं में।
भारतीय ज्ञानपीठ ,साहित्य अकादमी ,नेशनल बुक ट्रस्ट ,पोएट्री सोसाइटी ऑफ़ इंडिया आदि अनेक प्रतिष्ठित संस्थाओं द्वारा विशिष्ट कविता पाठ हेतु आमंत्रित।
सार्क लेखक सम्मलेन ,फ्रेंच पोएट्री फेस्टिवल ,आदि में प्रतिनिधि हिंदी कवि के रूप में कविता पाठ।
ग़ज़ल संग्रह 'खुशबू तो बचा ली जाये ' पर एम फिल की गयी है।
हिंदी अकादमी दिल्ली द्वारा बाल साहित्य सम्मान
देश भर के प्रतिष्ठित कवि सम्मेलनों में कविता पाठ।
प्राथमिक,माध्यमिक से लेकर विश्वविद्यालय स्तर के पाठ्यक्रम मे कविताएं शामिल
कवितायेँ देश एवं विदेश की अनेक पत्रिकाओं में प्रकाशित।
ओशो रजनीश द्वारा एक ग़ज़ल की व्याख्या करते हुए सम्पूर्ण प्रवचन।
6 -7 विश्वविद्यालयों से मीडिया अध्यापन हेतु अतिथि व्याख्याता ,परीक्षक के रूप में सम्बद्ध।
अनेक राष्ट्रीय एवं अंतर्राष्ट्रीय सेमिनारों में पत्र वाचन
अनेक राष्ट्रीय एवं अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कारों की निर्णायक समितियों में।
100 से अधिक राष्ट्रीय एवं अंतराष्ट्रीय समारोहों का आकाशवाणी से हिंदी में आँखों देखा हाल प्रसारित किया , जैसे गणतंत्र दिवस परेड, अंतर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म समारोह गोवा ,लाहौर बस यात्रा आदि।
27 वर्षों तक आकाशवाणी के राष्ट्रीय कार्यक्रमों से सम्बद्ध।
आकाशवाणी के राष्ट्रीय चैनल और FM gold चैनल की स्थापना से संबद्ध
प्रधानमंत्री के मन की बात कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत मे संयोजन का दायित्व
अमेरिका ,रूस ,इंग्लैंड ,पोलैंड, उत्तरी आयरलैंड, वेनेजुएला, सँयुक्त अरब अमीरात, जर्मनी, थाईलैँड,मारीशस,केन्या ट्रिनिडाड,सूरीनाम,वेल्स ,मलेशिया ,पाकिस्तान आदि अनेक देशों की यात्रा।

Madhuranthakam Narendra

Madhuranthakam Narendra

MADHURANTHAKAM NARENDRA, is a prolific bilingual writer, writing mostly in Telugu, his mother tongue and also in English. He published 4 anthologies of short stories, four novels, two plays and edited many books. His short story anthologies include Kumbhamela, Asthithwaniki Atoo Itoo, RendellaPadnalugu and Vedurupuvvu. His Novels are Sahagamanam, Amsterdamlo Adhbhutham, Bhoochakram and Kondakinda Kothuru. He brought out a book entitled Patantharam that included a story and a play which are conceived as a transformation of as well as a critique on a modern theme of human predicament. Another book Roopantharam presents a story and its metamorphosis into a play. He edited many anthologies of short stories like Thathwika Kathalu and Kathavarshika(12 Volumes) .He wrote many plays to the radio and many poems which are published in journals. He wrote around hundred essays on Telugu Literature in English which were published in Hans India with the title, Travelling Notes. He received many national and International awards which include, Telugu University Award, Katha award, Mexico University Award and Tagore Memorial Award.

Makarand Paranjape

Makarand Paranjape

Makarand R. Paranjape, Professor of English at the Centre at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, earned his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Among his recent book publications are: Cultural Politics in Modern India: Postcolonial Prospects, Colourful Cosmopolitanism, Global Proximities (Routledge, 2016), The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (Penguin Random House, 2015), and Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority (Springer, 2013).

Apart from books in criticism, Makarand has published six poetry collections and three books of fiction (two novels and a collection of short stories). Among these are: Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (Humanitas, 2016), and the novel, Body Offering (New Delhi: Rupa, 2013). His edited books include Swami Vivekananada: A Contemporary Reader (Routledge, 2015), and Healing across Boundaries: Biomedicine and Alternative Therapeutics (Routledge, 2015).

Makarand was the Inaugural DAAD Global South Visiting Fellow and Erich Auerbach Visiting Professor in World Literature, University of Tuebingen (May-July 2015 and July-December 2014), Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (January-April 2015), Inaugural ICCR Chair in Indian Studies, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore (2010-2011), CAPES Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (August-December 2011), and Shivdasani Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford (October-December 2009).

Makarand is also a columnist for Swarajya, DNA, and Mail Today.

Mala Barua

Mala Barua

Mala Barua started her Wellness Travel Company, Mystic-Asia, 20 years ago. As a Yoga, Tai Chi and Inner Silence Meditation practitioner, Malas main objective was to present the rich spiritual heritage of the East to an audience in a modern setting combined with luxury holidays. Mala believes health and spirituality are integrally intertwined and the mind body connection must not be ignored when we speak of living a holistically healthy life.

Mala has worked with some of the most premium luxury destination wellness resorts globally, such as , Ananda in the Himalayas, Swaswara, Madarin Oriental Chiang Mai, Amankora Bhutan , Laucala Island, Inkaterra Peru.

The company now provides Wellness Cosultancy to corporates and hotels and even small stand alone spas.

Malas latest repertoire in Wellness is the Vegan cookbook, taking her journey to compassion to another level. The success of the book has brought Mala into the world of food. She has since trained the Chefs at Sri Sri Ravi Shankars Ashram in Bangalore, Aashyana Lakhanpal in Goa, 7 Pines in Kasauli , Swaswara in Gokarna and currently creating a full menu at the Westin Hotel in Kolkata.

Mala also writes on wellness for Condenast Traveller, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Asiaspa and Ultratravel magazines.

Malini Awasthi

Malini Awasthi

Born:      Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, India, February 11th 1967.


Contact : 1/112, Vijay Khand 1, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh-226010.


                         Mobile No. 09415414302, 9971498345


                         email:malini.awasthi@gmail.com


Education:



  • Mus. Vocal (Gold Medalist), Bhatkhande Music University, Lucknow 1988

  • A. Modern History with specialization in Medieval and modern Indian architecture (Gold  Medalist), University of Lucknow, Lucknow 1988

  • A. (Hons.) Majors in Sanskrit and Political Science, University of Lucknow, Lucknow


Gurus:   Initial training in classical and semi-classical music (specialization in gazal singing) from Ustad Rahat Ali khan, Gorakhpur.


Rigorous formal training in khayal-gayki, thumri(purab-ang gayki), semi-Classical genres (dadra,hori,chaiti,kajri etc.) and folk under Vidushi Girija Devi ji, Varanasi as ganda-bandh shishyaa.


Performances:


    National:  Over 1000 stage shows in India, since the age of 10 years which include solo singing performances in urban, sub-urban and rural India. Regular participant in major Music festivals across the country.


 (Thumri-Festival and Rag-rang-Festival, Uttar-Pradesh-Mahotsav in Delhi, Goa, Kolkata and Bhopal, Taj-Mahotsav, Ganga-Mahotsav, Lucknow-Festival, Budh-Mahotsav, Ramayan-Mela, Kajri-Mela, Kabir-Utsav etc. in Uttar Pradesh, Shruti-Mandal-Samaroh, Kumbhal-Gardh-Festival, Teej-Festival-Jaipur in Rajasthan, Surajkund-Craft-Mela and Heritage-Festival-Pinjore, Badri-Kedar-Mahotsav in Uttrakhand, Naad-Utsav at Bharat Bhawan Bhopal, Gwalior-Mela, Kalidas-Samaroh at Ujjain, Folk-Festival at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, Kalidas-Mahotsav in Nagpur, Lok Rang  Mumbai, performance at Mahatma Gandhi Hindi University at Vardha, Bihar Diwas at Siri-Fort, Rajgir-Festival,Vaishali-Mahotsav, Patliputra-Mahotsav, Chath-Festivals and various other concerts in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, MP Chattisgarh, Maharasthra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Gujrat, Jammu & Kashmir and Delhi.)


International:


 Festival of India in Mauritus; 2015, ICCR 40th, Anniversary celebration in Fiji; 2011, Independence day celebration Houston, USA; 2004 and 2015, Pakistan; 2007, England;1998, South Bank center, London;, 2011, Holland; 2002, 2003 and 2015,Vishwa Bhojpuri sammelan, Mauritius;2000,2001


Fellowships and memberships:



  • ICCR senior research fellowship for research project ’lok geeton me raam

  • Member in Expert committee on Folk Music, Sangeet Natak Academy

  • Member in sub commission on culture under the Indian National Commission for cooperation, UNESCO


TV/Radio:



  • A grade artist of Akashwani and Doordarshan

  • Archival recording for Prasar Bharti

  • Five albums of folk songs recorded and launched by Times music

  • Playback singing in over 10 bollywood movies


Miscellaneous Positions:



  • Election commission of India appointed brand ambassador for Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections 2002 and general elections 2014

  • Convener ‘SONCHIRAIYA’ NGO for the upliftment and universalization of folk performing arts genres of Awadh,Brij,Bundelkhand and Bhojpur.


Notable Awards: 



  • Padmshri;2016

  • Yash Bharti Samman; 2006

  • Sahara Awadh Samman;2003

  • Honoured by Dutch Government television OHM for playback music for the film ‘Tulsidas’ Holland;2002

  • Honoured by Mahatma Gandhi Hindi University, Wardha, Gujrat; 2012

  • Honoured by Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, P.; 2000

  • Kalidas samman, Ujjain Sanskrit Vishwavidhyalay,2006


Mamang Dai

Mamang Dai

Born: PASIGHAT, East Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh.

Mother tongue: ADI

Dai is a poet and novelist writing in English. She was correspondent the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and The Sentinel newspapers and former President, Arunachal Pradesh Union of working journalists. She also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme.

In 2003 Dai received the state Verrier Elwin Award for her book Arunachal Pradesh- the hidden land featuring the culture, folklore and customs of Arunachal’s different communities. She has featured in several national and international forums, and her poems, fiction and articles have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She was also former Member, Sahitya Akademi & Sangeet Natak Akademi and The Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation.

In 2011 Dai was awarded the Padma Shri, in recognition of her contribution in the field of literature and education.

In 2016 she was conferred with Honorary D.Lit by the National Institute of Tehnology. Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Dai lives in ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Mary Therese Kurkalang

Mary Therese Kurkalang

Mary Therese Kurkalang is an Arts Manager and Communications Consultant based in Delhi.

She has worked across the social development, arts and publishing sectors for over two decades. In 2012, she started ‘Khublei’, an independent practice, and has since worked on numerous projects across these sectors as well as collaborated widely with grassroots initiatives, national networks and international agencies.

One of her focus areas is the inclusion and representation of the north-eastern states in cultural and art platforms in the rest of India. She was Festival Director of ‘Çultures of Peace – Festival of the Northeast’ for three editions organized in five cities. She has worked on art and culture-related projects across north east, the rest of India and internationally. Most recently in December 2017, she organised the first edition of Penguin Random House Literary Festival in Shillong.

She is an active member of advisories for various initiatives including the ‘Brahmaputra Literary Festival’ and ‘Studio Nilima – a collaborative network for research and capacity building’ in Assam, ‘Artreach’ and ‘Wheels for Life’ in Delhi, ‘Majha House’ a community cultural centre in Amritsar, among others. She is also the Indian consultant to ‘Australia Council of the Arts - Publishing & Arts Exchange Programme’ with Asia since 2014.

Before working independently, Mary worked in several publishing houses, international cultural centres, and with the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan

Mitra Phukan is a writer, translator, columnist and a trained classical vocalist who lives in Guwahati, Assam. Her published literary works include four children’s books, a biography, two novels, “The Collector’s Wife” and “A Monsoon of Music”, both published by Penguin-Zubaan, and a collection of fifty of her columns, “Guwahati Gaze”. Her most recent works are a translation of Jyanpeeth Awardee Birendra Kumar Bhattacharjee’s novel, “Kobor aru Phool” , “Blossoms in the Graveyard”, (Niyogi Publications) and a collection of her own short stories, “A Full Night’s Thievery”, (Speaking Tiger) both of which appeared in October 2016. Her short stories have appeared in various journals worldwide. Her works have been translated into many languages. As a translator herself, she has put across the works of some of the best known contemporary writers of fiction in Asomiya into English. Her fortnightly column “All Things Considered” in The Assam Tribune is very widely read.

Monikuntala Bhattacharjya

Monikuntala Bhattacharjya

Monikuntala Bhattacharjya is one of the most celebrated authors of Assam, renowned for her unique and marvelous writings in the forms of novels, short stories, poems etc. She published her first book “Prostor Konya” in 2002 and within a short period, she established herself as a versatile and prominent author in modern Assamese literature. Till date, she has published over nineteen novels and many collections of short stories, which include romantic stories as well as stories on some pressing social issues like witch-hunting problem, AIDS, old age home, mobile theatres in Assam etc.

Her books always receive excelled reviews in leading newspapers and magazines as her works touch on the themes of day to day dramas in every distinguished characters. Mention may be made of her most acclaimed biography “Bordowani”, where she narrated the struggles and uncertainties in the life of a woman.

Monikuntala Bhattacharjya has won a number of awards including Munin Borkotoky Award (2004), Bishnu Rabha Award from Assam Sahitya Sabha (2008), Bhabani Sarma Literary Award (2010), Naari Shakti Award from Lions Club (2017), Oikyotan Sahitya Sanman (2017), Enajori Sahitya Sanman (2017), Best Novelist Award from Assam Talks TV Channel (2017), Satabarsiyo Sahitya Sanman from Assam Sahitya Sabha (2017), Saiyad Abdul Malik Award from Assam Sahitya Sabha (2018), Lekhika Samaroh Sahitya Award (2018), Champawati Award (2018) etc.

She has thirty nine stupendous books in her credit with some Hindi and English translations including 19 novels, 4 novella collections, 6 short story collections, 4 poetry collections, 4 novel collections, 3 children novels, 3 article collections, 3 works of translation and one autobiography in verses. She has written 11 scripts for drama, feature films etc. “Ishu” (2017), a movie based on her story which had its world premiere at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival, is also critically acclaimed in National level. A number of popular television serials are also based on her story. She is also a regular writer of a few leading daily newspapers and monthly magazines.

Monikuntala Bhattacharjya was invited to attend a number of literary seminars/meets in National and International levels, such as All India Radio Meet for Republic Day celebration in Varanasi in 2010, SAARC Festival in Delhi in 2010, 10th International Book Fair in Africa in 2011, World Poetry Festival in Delhi in 2013, World Book Fair in 2015 and 2016 in Kolkata, Goa Art and Literary Festival in 2010 and 2017 etc.

Moushumi Kandali

Moushumi Kandali

Dr. Moushumi Kandali, is a bilingual writer (Assamese and English), art critic, and translator. She has published four collections of short stories, three research books on visual art and two books of translation. Dr. Kandali has worked as a permanent faculty in the Literary Arts ( Creative Writing ) Stream at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has received several awards for her innovative and experimental creative writing. Her stories have been included in the ‘Oxford anthology of North East Writing’, ‘Penguin anthology of fifteen classic Assamese short stories’ and many others. Her specialized areas of academic engagement are literary cultures of India and visual cultural practices of North Eastern India. She currently teaches in the Department of Cultural Studies at Tezpur Central University.

Naresh

Naresh

Dr.Naresh, a former professor of modern literature and Chairman of Chandigarh Sahitya Academy, has been decorated with a number of State, National and International awards. He is a distinguished poet, fiction-writer and scholar. He has penned 80 books in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English. He is a promoter of universal brotherhood and believes in upholding human values. His writings include poetry, short stories, novels, dramas and literary criticism. Besides he has researched on monuments of Punjab, Indian Customs and Sufism. Through his columns in newspapers he has dealt with lots of unknown or less-known aspects of Indian history, mythology, culture, literature and education. His writings have been translated into a number of Indian and foreign languages.

Nasreen Jahan

Nasreen Jahan

Life:


Jahan was born and brought up in Mymensingh. She joined the Chander Hat, a national children's and juvenile organization in 1974 and started to write rhymes and short stories in the children's page of daily newspaper Doinik Bangla. She was profusely encouraged by Literary Editor Late Ahsan Habib who was also a top-brass poet of Bangladesh. Later she concentrated on short stories and published in all leading literary papers and magazines of the country including the Kishore Bangla. She is married to poet Ashraf Ahmed and has the only daughter Orchi Otondrila.

Her novel Urukku, published in 1993, became a hit after it was awarded the Philips Literary Award in 1994. For a brief period in 1993-94, she worked for the Banglabazaar Patrikapublished for its weekly literary supplement. Since late 1990s, she has been working as the editor of the literature section of weekly Anyadin. She a feminist, who believes in women's freedom without disrespect for tradition and social norms.


Literary style:


Jahan has distinguished herself with her poetic prose and psychological approach to human behaviour. She is capable of handling intricate human mind with dexterity. She is prone to focus on man-woman relationship in the backdrop of social fabric and examine its intricacies. Jahan has candidly treated sex as a theme and went ahead of time by reflecting on homosexuality her short stories and novels. Her writing separately exhibits realism, surrealism, also magic realism. Her works are never erotic in nature.



Novels:


  • Urukku 1993

  • Chandrer Prothom Kola

  • Jakhan Charpasher Batiqulo Nive Ashchhe

  • Chandralekhar Jaadubistar (Magical Exposition of Chandralekha, 1995)

  • Sonali Mukhosh (The Golden Mask, 1996)

  • Baidehi (The Incorporeal, 1997)

  • Lii (Name, 1997)

  • Krus Kathe Konya (The Daughter on the Cross, 1998)

  • Ure Jai Nishipokshi (The Nocturnal Bird Flies Away, 1999)

  • Megher Shonali Chul (The Golden Hair of the Cloud, 2000

  • Shorgoloker Ghora (Divine Barack, 2000)

  • Nikuntila (Name, 2001)

  • Komolashundory Ar Ek Shondhar Kahini (Kamalashundari and the Story of a dusk, 2002)

  • Shonkhonortoki (Moving Venomous Snake, 2003)

  • Akashe Onek Raat (High Gloom at the Sky, 2004)

  • Dur Prithibir Gondhe (In Sniff of Distant Earth, 2004)

  • Samanta (Name, 2005)

  • Mrittushokheegon (confidantes Living Along with Death, 2006)

  • Ishwarer Bamhat (Left-Hand of the Almighty, 2007)

  • Kuwashar Fona (Snake-hood of the Mist, 2008)

  • Adhre Rongin Rakhal (Rakhal Colored by Darkness, 2009)

  • Chil Pakhir Nil Thote (In Kite's Blue Lips, 2009)

  • Shei Shaap Janto (Those Serpents are Alive, 2010)


  • e-mail: bunopakhi05@yahoo.com

    Phone 01754300768

    Oinam Doren

    Oinam Doren

    Oinam Doren is a former television producer who started his own company Ourvillage films to tell local stories for an international audience. He loves to tell stories about the mountains, villages with themes connected to music.

    His films have been screened in a number of international film festivals and won various awards both nationally and internationally. His passion for music led him to research on Angami tribe folk music on a Tata Fellowship and wrote articles about the local rock bands extensively for Northeast Today magazine. He has also produced two music albums one of which is distributed worldwide by Times Music. Other than giving talks regularly in festivals and universities, Doren has also served as a jury for International film festival of India.

    Doren’s most recent film “theatre of the earth” and “my name is eeooow” is touring festivals and has already won awards in UK, Italy and Kerala.

    Pakhi

    Pakhi

    Pakhi is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator based out of Bangalore, Gurgaon and Goa. She creates visual stories through comics, paintings and hand-made booklets. Having worked on photo-performance projects, sculptures and video art, she experiments with new media. Her works have been published in Platform Magazine, Grazia, Pyjama People and Indian Express; and she's been a part of The Pind Collective and Pond Salon. Pakhi has a self-reflexive comics column, 'Everyday Girl', which depicts a young city girl navigating through the existential, contradictory and superficial issues of her urban life.

    Parismita

    Parismita

    Parismita Singh is a writer and graphic novelist. Her graphic novel The Hotel at the end of the World (2009) was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award (2009-10). She also helped conceptualise the Pao Anthology of Comics (2012). ). Her story ‘Pema Tsering Tells a Story’ was shortlisted for The Little Magazine New Writing award. She won a Katha Prize for best translation. Her other books include Centrepiece: New Writings and Art from Northeast India(edited) (November 2017), Mara and the Clay Cows (2015) among others. Her collection of stories Peace has Come is scheduled for publication in January 2018.

    She has been working on a primary education project in Assam with the NGO Pratham since 2009.

    Partap Sehgal

    Partap Sehgal

    Partap sehgal is a foremost playwright and an established poet in Hindi. His play ‘Anveshak’ is a milestone in Hindi playwriting. This paly, directed by Satish Anand, known for theatrical innovations, was staged by Rangmandal of Sahitya Kala Parishad in Delhi, a forerunner at a theatre festival in Chandigarh and was also included in the golden jubilee celebration of Sangeet Natak Academy. Beside that Partap Sehgal has also penned down two novels, a short story collection and three books of criticism. His plays have been staged throughout India several times. He taught in Zakir Husain post graduate college of Delhi university for 40 years. He has also guided research on Hindi poetry and plays. Since retirement he is devoting his full time writing plays and in other geners.

    Patricia Mukhim

    Patricia Mukhim

    Patricia Mukhim is the Editor, The Shillong Times, the oldest English language daily from Meghalaya. She is former member National Security Advisory Board and has also been on the Board of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. She has been a gender activist and campaigned extensively against corruption and militancy in Meghalaya and the region. She is a prolific writer and contributes articles to different regional and national newspapers and magazines. Patricia Mukhim has contributed a chapter in "A Book of Light" edited by Jerry Pinto which looks at mental health issues.

    Pradip Acharya

    Pradip Acharya

    Pradip Acharya (1948), academic and social activist, retired as Head, Department of English, Cotton College, Guwahati in 2007. He had also taught at Dibrugarh University and NEHU besides being a guest faculty at the Department of Design, IIT, Guwahati. He translates for fun and pleasure and his translations have appeared at home and abroad, as in Verse (Oxford) and Poetry (Chicago). He has published eleven volumes of translations of poetry and fiction including Ancient Gongs: Selected poems of Hiren Bhattacharjya, Syed Abdul Malik’s Longing for Sunshine and Mamoni Raisam Goswami’s Pages Stained with Blood. Prof Acharya was the founder general secretary of the All Assam Democratic Citizens Association, a forum to fight extremism in 1991. He lives in Guwahati with his son and friendship is the only house he keeps.

    Pradip Phanjoubam

    Pradip Phanjoubam

    Pradip Phanjoubam is a senior journalist and author based in Imphal. He is the editor of Imphal Free Press currently. He began his career in journalism in New Delhi as a sub-editor of Economic Times in 1986, thereafter moved to several publications before returning to the Northeast to start an independent features agency Orient Features based in Guwahati in 1989. He was a fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, during 2012-2014, and his research work at the institute has since been published as a book The Northeast Question: Conflicts and Frontiers (Routledge 2016). Another book by him, written under the sponsorship of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, INTACH, Shadows and Light: A Kaleidoscope of Manipur (Hachette 2016) was published the same year. He has contributed chapters in several books on Northeast. He also regularly contributes articles for Economic and Political Weekly, The Hindu, Indian Express, The Wire etc.

    Prajwal Parajuly

    Prajwal Parajuly

    Prajwal Parajuly (b. 1984) is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. The Gurkha's Daughter, his debut collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was an Independent (London) book of the year and a Kansas City Star best book of 2015. He is the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He directs the L'Ancienne Auberge writer-in-residence program at Puycelsi, France, and was on the jury of the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

    Pratibha Nandkumar

    Pratibha Nandkumar

    Pratibha Nandkumar



    Phone: Mobile: 98452 85254

    E mail: prathibhanandakumar@gmail.com

    Qualification: MA (Kannada), First Rank, Gold Medalist, M Phil (PhD)


    Occupation: Author, Poet, Journalist, Film maker, Columnist, Translator




    1. Recipient of Senior Fellowship, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, Devi Cult in South India, Socio-cultural Study of Goddess Chamundi.-2014

    2. Grantee – India Foundation for the Arts – Performing Cafe Poetry 2015

    3. UGC Research Scholar – Linguistic Analysis of Inscriptions, 1985.

    4. Chief Desk Editor, Deccan Herald – 8 Years till 2001

    5. Associate Editor, Agni Weekly Tabloid. – Till 1990

    6. Columnist for Bangalore Mirror currently, past 8 years.

    7. Film maker - Assisted K V Anand for two Tamil films, Maattrraan,



    Anegan Publications:



    1. Fourteen collections of poems in Kannada

    2. Two collections of Short Stories in Kannada

    3. Anudinada Antharagange – Autobiography in Kannada

    4. Translated short stories Shashi Deshpande’s English stories.

    5. Translations of Dogri poems by Padma Sachdev to Kannada.

    6. Two collections of column writings

    7. Three Memoirs of artistes B Saroja Devi, Srinath, S K Padmadevi

    8. Two short plays for children

    9. Collected poems – English

    10. Twenty one poems - English

    11. ‘Culture for Peace’ – Indo Nepalese Cultural exchange

    12. Over 10,000 pages of articles published in newspapers, magazines.

    13. Latest - translated into Kannada - The RISE OF SIVAGAMI - Anand Neelakantan. Prequel to S S Rajamouli’s Bahubali


    Awards:



    1. Muddana Kavya Prashasthi 1996

    2. Dr. Shivarama Karantha Prashasthi 1999

    3. PU THI NA Kavya Prashasthi 2000

    4. Karnataka State Sahitya Academy Prashasthi 2000

    5. B H Sridhara Sahitya Prashasthi 2001

    6. Mahadevi Verma Kavya Samman 2003

    7. Felicitated as SAARC POET at Kathmandu, SAARC Festival

    8. Hoogar Memorial Award for journalism 2006

    9. Gowrish Kaikini Sahitay Prashasti 2005

    10. Twenty one poems - English

    11. Dr Anupama Niranjana Award 2012

    12. Over 10,000 pages of articles published in newspapers, magazines.

    13. Bangalore Literary Festival Literary Achievement Award


    Prem Sharma

    Prem Sharma

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    Rajesh Kumar Tanti

    Rajesh Kumar Tanti

    Published poem in different magazine like PRANTIK, SATSORI, PRAKASH, THE DAINIK JANAMBHUMI, THE ASOMIYA PRATIDIN,THE AMAR AXOM etc.

    Book Published:



    Occupation: Author, Poet, Journalist, Film maker, Columnist, Translator




    1. URMIMALA (Collection of self-composed poem) in the year 2009

    2. MUR DINBUR MUR RATIBUR. (Collection of self-composed poem ) in the year 2012

    3. XEUJIYA HRIDOYE KOBO KHUJA KOTHABUR (Collection of 180 poems from 18 noted poet of assamese tea community) in the year 2015

    4. UTTORADHIKAR (Collection of 60 short stories from 30 noted story writers of assamese tea community) in the year 2017

    5. XEUJIYA UPOTOKYAT SURJYO NAMIBO (Collection of self-composed poem ) in the year 2017

    6. AVOGAHON (Collection of self-composed short stories) in the year 2017


    Awarded the RAM GOGOI AWARD for the book MUR DINBUR MUR RATIBUR.

    Rakhee Kalita Moral

    Rakhee Kalita Moral

    An academic and scholar on NE India Dr Rakhee Kalita Moralis currently the Coordinator of the NE India projects of the Humanities Across Borders Program, (South Asia Platform) hosted by International Institute of Asian Studies, IIAS, at Leiden, Netherlands. Dr Moral an Associate Professor of English at Cotton University, having taught for more than two decades there, is currently on lien. A former Fellow of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti, 2013-2015,she was also Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, JNU, in 2016. Her field of scholarship has been literature, conflict and NE India, and the prism of her research has been at the intersections of gender and society, in which she is widely published.

    Her more recent publications are:

    Women, Security and Peace in NE India (Zubaan 2017),Frames of Peace? Counterinsurgency and the Politics of Gender in Postconflict Assam (JNU2016 ) and Rumour, Rhetoric, Rebellion: Negotiating the Archive and the Witness in Assam.History and Society Series( NMML 2015), among many other publications in prestigious journals like EPW, Journal of South Asian Studies, Biblio, Seminar etc. She has lectured at several national and international forums and presented her work at major institutions and universities including Oxford University in 2009. Her most recent work, Arms and the Woman: Insurgency and the Myth of Power in Assam, is forthcoming from Routledge (2018), having edited two earlier volumes, Gender and Society in NE India( Cotton College Women’s Forum 2010) and At the Frontier and Beyond: Essays on Literature and Culture (Macmillan 2005).

    Raman Shresta

    Raman Shresta

    Raman Shresta grew up amidst books. When he was four, his family opened Rachna Books in Gangtok. The bookshop was forced to close down in 1988. After much soul-searching, Shresta re-started Rachna Books in 2001. Rachna Books has since emerged as a vibrant cultural landmark in the Himalaya. He has organised a wide range of events with the bookshop as a platform for arts, literature, culture, films, theatre, concerts and workshops. Rachna Books won the Publishing Next Industry Award for the Bookstore of the Year Category in the year 2015-16. Raman was the jury member for the award the following year. He has spoken on challenges of fore-fronting books and curating independent bookshops at various lit-fests. He also runs Café Fiction and Bookman's Bed-and-Breakfast to support his bookshop. He is working on releasing videos of the huge archive he has of the events at his bookshop this year.

    Ratneshwar Singh

    Ratneshwar Singh

    I have been working in literature & media (Print/TV) for 30 years, as a Best Seller Writer & Editor.

    I have written among 18 books, Sampadan Vigyan (Novelty & Co. 2001), Simmad Safed (Vani Prakashan,1999), Feature Times (Novelty & Co. 2000), Samachar : Ek Drishti (Novelty & Co.1997), Safal Hindi Nibandh (Novelty & Co. 1996), Lieutenant Hadson, (Prabhat Prakashan 2011), Jeet ka Jadoo, Best Seller (Prabhat Prakashan 2013), Media Live (National Book Trust 2014), Magic in You, Best Seller (Prabhat Prakashan 2015), Rekhna Meri Jaan, Best Seller (Blueword, Imprint of Novelty & Co.

    Reliance Energy Ltd. (Mumbai), Indian Institute of Coal Management (Ranchi), Indian institute of mass communication (New Delhi) B.H.U. (Varanasi), Makahanlal National Journalism University (Bhopal), Ranchi University (Ranchi), Patna University (Patna), Dr. Zakir Husain Institute, (Patna) as a Faculty.

    Have worked as a Dean with Notre Dame Communication Centre, Patna during Jan. 2003- Dec. 2005 .

    Dy. Editor of ‘Maurya TV’. (founder member & editorial head 2007 to 2010), Assistant Editor ‘Patliputra Times’ (Patna, 1994-1995), Editorial head ‘Rashtriyai Navin Mail’ (daltangung, 1996)

    Have written the script for popular television show “Mano ya na mano”. (star one) Was art director of the immensely popular Bhojpuri television serial ‘Anjoriya kahiya hoi’. (D.D.1). Directed ‘Patna book fair : A people’s festival’ documentary. Compared for a very popular program ‘Jan adalat’ in Patna book fair at 2003 and ‘Jan samvad ’ at 2005.

    In the year of 1988, I started my career as journalist from Nav bharat, Nagpur. Afterwards….. Sub-editor ‘Dainik Rastradoot’ (Nagpur,1988), Feature writing for ‘Times of India ’, ‘Hindustan Times’, Aaj , Prabhat khabar, Hindustan, Dainik jagran , ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ and many more…….

    ‘Bhartendu Harishchandra Award’ (journalistic literary national award) Given by Govt. of India for 1998. Honorary doctorate from vikramshila hindi vidyapeeth. ‘Navlekhan award’ given by Govt. of Bihar in 1994.

    Coined more than 300 definitions for the field of journalism. First to determine the various styles of journalistic writing. conducted many surveys, many talked of reports figured in renowned newspaper. Organized and conducted many workshops on different topic related to Media & H.R.D. President Centre for Readership Development (CRD).

    Ravi Subramaniyan

    Ravi Subramaniyan

    Poet, writer, documentary film maker, and singer. Ravisubramaniyan is a multi – tasker and a talented person. He has brought out five collections of poetry and a collection of Literary essays. His poems have been translated into English, French Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Oriya, Malayalam and Kannada. Documentaries on reputed literary personalities like Jayakanthan, Indra Parthasarathy, T.N. Ramachandran, Ma. Aranganathan and Thiruloga Seetharam have been produced and directed by Ravi. His Poems have been prescribed in Madurai Kamaraj and Bharathiyar universities. Has acted as member advisory board Sahitya Akademi (2003 to 2007). Has bagged awards from The Tamilnadu Govt , Thirupur Tamil sangam, Newjercy Tamil sangam and Sirpi Literary award and Thi Ka Si Iyarramil award.

    Ravi Tekchandani

    Ravi Tekchandani

    Educational Qualification:



    • Ph.D. in Sindhi, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007

    • M.A. in Sindhi, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer

    • M. Com., Lucknow University, Lucknow

    • Certificate in Urdu Language, University of Delhi, Delhi - 110007

    • Diploma in Urdu Language, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007


    Teaching Experience:



    • WRLC, Deccan College, Pune



    • Worked as Associate Professor of Sindhi Language and Literature, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007.


    Position at Present:



    • Director, National National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language, West Block VIII, Wing No.7, Ist floor, R.K.Puram, Sector-1, New Delhi-110066, since 01.05.2015 (A/N).

    • Holding the additional charge of the post of Director, Central Hindi Directorate, Ministry of HRD, R.K.Puram New Delhi.

      • : 011-27666626 (Off.)

      • : 09868233775




    Literary work:



    • Author of 21 Sindhi books.

    • Published 40 Books in Sindhi creative work.

    • 42 Awards/honours received in recognition of the work done in the promotion of Sindhi language.

    • Research guidance given to research fellows.

    • 6 Research projects under taken.

    • Member of 15 Academic Bodies, Societies etc.

    • Professional consultancy given in 8 projects.

    • Literary tour (International to London, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Toronto Canada).


    Rita Banerji

    Rita Banerji

    Winner of multiple Panda Awards, also known as the Green Oscars, Rita Banerji heads Dusty Foot Productions, a wildlife and environment film-making and communications agency. She started the Green Hub Project in 2015 in collaboration with North East Network. Green Hub based in Tezpur, Assam, is the first youth and community based video fellowship and documentation center in the region that looks at leveraging the power of youth through the use of the visual medium, especially looking at environment, gender, traditional knowledge and social change.

    Robin S Ngangom

    Robin S Ngangom

    Robin S Ngangom is a bilingual poet and translator who writes in English and Manipuri. He was born in Imphal, Manipur, India “the forgotten theatre of World War II”, in 1959. He studied literature in St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, and in the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, where he teaches at present. He has published three volumes of poetry (Words and the Silence, Time’s Crossroads, and The Desire of Roots) and his works have appeared in The New Statesman, Kunapipi, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, Verse, The Literary Review,The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, and These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry. He co-edited Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India (Penguin Books India), and his autobiographical essay ‘Poetry in a Time of Terror’ appeared in The Other Side of Terror: An Anthology of Writings on Terrorism in South Asia (Oxford University Press). He received the Udaya Bharati National Award for poetry in 1994, and the Katha Translation Prize in 1999.

    Salma

    Salma

    Salma is a well-known name to readers of contemporary Tamil literature. With two volumes of poetry – “Oru Maalaiyum Innoru Maalaiyum” and “Pacchai Devadai” - and two novels “Irandaam Jaamangalin Kadhai” - all of which have been translated to several languages, Salma has made her mark as a distinctive literary voice. Lakshmi Holmstrom’s English translation of her novel, entitled The Hour Past Midnight, was recently shortlisted for the Crossword Book Prize. Salma’s poetry and fiction have carved an undeniable place in the Tamil literary terrain for the articulation of desire as well as the emotions that animate the domestic space every day, subjects that are often considered beneath literary consideration.

    Salma has been the recipient of several awards and honours, and has also been a special invitee to several book festivals and seminars. She was the only representative of Tamil literature at the London Book Fair in 2009. In 2007, the University of Chicago organized a two-day seminar, as part of the annual Norman J. Cutler Conference, to discuss her literary works.channal 4 from UK made a film on her life called SALMA released many international film festivals and received many Awards .

    Amnesty international from Canada invited her for a talk against child marriage at parliament of Canada.

    Besides being a woman of letters, Salma has also been a committed public servant. She was the elected President of the Ponnampatti Panchayat, 2001-2006. She also served as the Chairman of the Social Welfare Board, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, during which time she was instrumental in establishing several welfare schemes, including some landmark ones directed to the transgender (aravani/hijra) community in Tamil nadu.

    Santiago Ruy

    Santiago Ruy

    Santiago Ruy Sánchez is the Head of Cultural and Tourism Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in India. He is a Mexican Social Anthropologist and former Editor for the publishing house Artes de Mexico. With a master degree in political studies from El Colegio de México, his main research interests include a wide range of Human development issues, Traditional Mexican Arts and Mesoamerican Mythology. He has contributed to several online and paper publications. Before joining Mexican foreign service he was consultant for international organizations such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    Sarifa Khatoon Chowdhury

    Sarifa Khatoon Chowdhury

    Sarifa Khatoon Chowdhury, Poet & Essayist born on 5th Feb. 1952 at Rupaisiding, Tinsukia, Assam. Father cinema actor Late Abdul Haque Chowdhury and mother Poet Late Fanowara Begum.

    Studied at Dibrugarh University and Completed

    P.G. in Assamese (Language) – 1976

    P.G. in Assamese (Literature) – 1979

    >> Retired as the Principal, Dangori Higher Secondary School in 2012.

    >> First poem published 1964 in ‘Asombani’.

    >> Published poems in Asombani, Janambhumi, Agrodoot, Neelachal, Sadin, Amar Pratinidhi, Natun Pradinidhi, Sirlu, Bindu, Satsari, Shreemoyee, Gariyosi, Prantik and news papers and magazines.

    Sesharatnam Surapaneni

    Sesharatnam Surapaneni


    ON GOING RESEARCH:



    1. Balasowri Reddy ke upanyason mein nari bhavana.

    2. Adhunik Hindi Sahitya mein Hasya evam Vyangya.

    3. Adhunik Hindi Kavita mein Yugin Santras.

    4. Raj kamal Chowdry ke kahani sangrah ‘pattar ke neeche dabe hooie hath’.

    5. Halka Saravagi ka kahani sangrah “kahani ke talash mein” – Samakaleen yug bodh.

    6. Mrunal Pandy ke Katha Sahitya mein Sthree.




    Sheikh Yakoob

    Sheikh Yakoob

    Yakoob is a well-known name in the world of Telugu letters. A College teacher by profession, he is apoet, researcher, writer and singer by choice and natural propensities. Born in a remote village, Rottamaku Revu in the district of Khammam, Telangana, Yakoob did his schooling and undergraduate studies in Khammam district before moving to Hyderabad to pursue his higher education.

    He completed his Master’s degree in Telugu from Osmania University in 1987 and went on to do his M.Phil and Ph.D subsequently.

    During his college days Yakoob as a student activist lent expression to his anguish, angst, frustration, feelings and emotions through the medium of poetry and soon became a popular poet on the Telugu literary scene.

    Poetry

    Yakoob’s early poems go back to 1985 and his first anthology, “pravahinche gnaapakam” published in 1992, earned widespread accolades and has already gone through two reprints.

    His next collection of poems, “sarihaddu rekha”, comprising more than a hundred poems was published in 2002. According to the reputed editor and critic, Gudipati, “Yakoob’s individualism and uniqueness came to be firmly established with “sarihaddu rekha”. Incidentally, this anthology was released by Gnanakootan, the eminent Tamil poet and was chosen as the topic for a Ph.D dissertation by a research scholar of Sri Venkateswara University.

    In the year 2009, the publication of Yakoob’s next anthology, “yedategani prayaanam” marked another milestone in his literary career. Another poetry anthology 'Nadeemoolam laanti Aa Illu'(2014) recieved well.

    Literary Criticism

    His Books on Literary Criticism " Telugu Sahitya Vimarsha - Ra.Ra.Maargam"and "Srujanaanubham",a Poetry essays and 'Modern Telugu Literary Criticism' published this year .

    Yakoob’s early poems were translated into English and published under the title “Arc of Unrest” in the year 2000. At a memorable function, the book was released by Dr. K. Satchidanandan, former Secretary of Central Sahitya Akademi.

    Yakoob has edited twelve books and has authored eight books to his credit, of which four are anthologies of his verses, while the others fall under the domain of literary criticism. Yakoob’s poems have been translated in Hindi, English, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada. Yakoob has been the recipient of several awards and honors over the years.

    Shyamal Bhattacharya

    Shyamal Bhattacharya

    e-mail : shyamal1964@gmail.com
    Phone no. 90387 05316
    PShyamal Bhattacharya, born in Agartala (1964), holds a graduate degree in Library Science, Masters degrees in Hindi and Public Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. Besides Bengali he knows Hindi, English, Punjabi, Dogri and Rajasthani. He started his career with Indian Air Force as Aircraft Controller (1981- 2001) and later served the ICFAI University as Academic Monitoring Coordinator (2004 – 2010) and Adamas Institute of Management for brief period. Thereafter he shouldered the responsibility of Assistant Editor in Sakalbela, a Bengali daily till April 2013. Presently he is working with Press Information bureau as Translator to Prime Minister of India. He is an eminent author of Bengali Literature and a linguist of repute. His early translations include the poetry of Jugal Parihar from Rajasthani into Bengali, short stories of Amrita Pritam, Kartar Singh Duggal, OmprakashGaso, RamsarupAnakhi and 42 others from Punjabi into Bengali and short stories of Ved Rahi from Dogri into Bengali. Some of his important indigenous works include novels like Bukhari and LodravarKachakachi; short story collections like Chilte Daag, Fulmotir Basantkal, Jamichalang, Aakashe Orar Galpo, Bharong Pakhir Naach etc. Recipient of honours by Jahangirnagar University, Ganobiswabidyalaya and Dhaka University of Bangladesh(2016) Punjabi Lekhak Akademi, Jallandhar, (2000); Punjabi Sahitya Sabha, Sangrur, (2000); Triveni Sahitya Akademi, Jallandar (2000); Viswakarma Literary Society, (2000); Tripura Prabha Honour (2007), Sutapa Roy Chowdhuri Award by Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, Govt. of West Bengal (2010), Amrita Pritam Samman (2015), Siromani Sahityakar Samman, Udaypur, Rajasthan ( 2016), Tathagata Srijan Samman, Siddharthanagar, U.P. ( 2016) and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award (2010). He represented country at Beijing International Book fair in 2010.
    Selected Bibliography:

    Novel:
    Bukhari (1997, 2002, 2006); Lodravar Kachakachi (2008); Banchchakalpataru (2017).
    Bukhari (in Hindi) (2002, 2006, 2015). Mahastyer Biparite ( In Press)
    Short Fiction:
    Chilte Daag (1981); Fulmotir Basantkal (1994); Jamichalang (1999), Jamichlang (in Hindi) 2006; Aakashe Orar Galpo (2006); Bharong Pakhir Nach (2008). Paisley ( in English, 2007).
    Translations:
    Samakalin Punjabi Galpo (2002, 2008)(Akhshar Publications). Dharma Juddha (2011); Aay Re (2014) & Kumari Harinir Chokh (2007), (Sahitya Akademi), Kon Bhore Bonchka Khuli (2014) (NBT), Kuvempu (2017)(Rastrakavi Kuvempu Trust).
    Other Books:
    Tripurar Galpo o Galpokar (1999)( Ubudosh); Prasanga Biofelia (2011)( Srot); Path-Pratikriya (2012)( Tripura Bani); Tripuray Bangla Sahitya (2016)( Srot).
    Biography:
    Barun-60- An aesthetic journey(2016)( Colourland Art Academy).
    Children Literature:
    Chhoy Ponar Kando (2014, 2016) ( Srot), Jungale daitya( in Press).

    Sonal Mansingh

    Sonal Mansingh

    Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Sonal Mansingh, is celebrated cultural personality of India. She is the recipient of highest civilian awards the Padma Vibhushan (2003) and the Padma Bhushan (1992) from President of India among many coveted national & international awards & honours. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi nominated her as a NAVRATNA for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission).

    She is proficient in several languages literature. She is unique among performing artists of India because of her training and deep knowledge of several Indian dance styles as well as the three (3) prevalent classical music traditions of India, which are Hindustani, Oriya and Carnatic. Her unique contribution has been her lifelong work using & utilizing her knowledge to address socio-cultural issues through the chosen medium of Naatya-Katha (solo-dance theatre) and group choreographies, most recent being “Sankalp se Siddhi”, dedicated to Swachhata..

    As the Founder-President of Centre for Indian Classical Dances (estd. in 1977 at Delhi) she has trained several hundred talented artists who are carrying the message of Indian culture all over the world. Her vision was to provide facilities for the training, research, performance and propagation of Indian classical performing arts tradition. A pioneer in not only providing such facilities in the Capital, but also in showcasing both young dancers and established artistes in regularly-held festivals.

    Currently she is serving a second term as Trustee of Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). She is now the Kalapeethadheesh of Kalayoga Peetham at S-YVASA University, Bangalore. She has served as Chairperson of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi and on several important official and cultural bodies.

    Sunandita Mehrotra

    Sunandita Mehrotra

    Ita is a visual artist and arts researcher focusing on graphic narratives, illustrated text, multi-media storytelling and community art practices. Her comics have been published by Yoda Press, Zubaan, Goethe Institute, thewire.in and AdAstra Comix and have been exhibited at KHOJ Artists Association, India International Center, People Tree, India Habitat Center, among galleries and institutions. Ita is a PhD scholar of visual studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetic JNU, has an MA in visual art from Ambedkar University Delhi and a BA in philosophy from St.Stephens' College, Delhi University. She was awarded an exchange year at SciencesPo Paris during her under-graduate degree, is a fellow of the Swedish Institute Young Connectors Program, a recipient of the KHOJ Negotiating Routes grant, among other such fellowships. Ita regularly collaborates with NGOs and art institutions on community art and illustration projects and is currently Programmes Head at Artreach India.
    sunanditamehrotra.wordpress.com

    Sundeep Bhutoria

    Sundeep Bhutoria

    Sundeep Bhutoria, is a 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.

    Mr Bhutoria is also an author, speaker, columnist, blogger, art collector, and a wild life enthusiast. He has authored three books and delivered lectures in eminent Universities including Czech Republic University, New York University and Moscow University. He is also an avid traveler a cultural emissary having visited about 50 countries.

    His activities are widely reported in the media across India and abroad. His associations with eminent international, national and local personalities from different walks of life and reputed organisations have enabled him to carry out his work effectively with their support and reach out to a wider audience through innovative events and functions.

    Mr Bhutoria's reputation as a social welfare activist and a connoisseur of Indian art and culture precedes him. He has organized national and international events to promote various causes ranging from under-privileged child education, women empowerment, promotion and preservation of Indian folk culture and so on.

    Over the past few years, he had initiated various series of events all across India like An Author’s Afternoon, Write Circle, KALAM, EK Mulakat, AAKHAR, to name a few. His idea of these series is to provide a forum where few selective audience representing a cross section of society can interact with the guest.

    Surendra Goswami

    Surendra Goswami

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    Dr. Suresh Rituparna

    Dr. Suresh Rituparna

    Dr. Suresh Rituparna is a writer, poet, playwright, photographer, and traveller.
    He is currently the Director of KK Birla Foundation, the organization that bestows the highest Literary award in India, the Saraswati Samman.
    Dr. Rituparna retired as Visiting Professor from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and besides Japan, he has taught Hindi in Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, and at Delhi University.
    He is an ex-Diplomat who started the first ever Hindi course at the High Commission of India, Port of Spain.
    He is also the editor of Hindi Jagat and has contributed a variety of articles for different news papers, magazines and journals, such as Dharmayug, Saptahik Hindustan, Gagananchal, Nav Bharat Times, Jansatta, Naya Gyanoday, Asian Age, Indo-Latin American File, Navneet etc,.
    Dr. Rituparna has published over 20 books, including most the recently published - Japan Ki Lok Kathyaein ,Japan main Hindi Shikshan ki parampara, Ekkis Japani Lok-Kathayen and Hiroshima Ki Yaad Evam Anya Kavitayen
    He is the recipient of Father Camil Bulke Sammaan from Samnvay Sanstha of Allahabad, ‘Videsh Hindi Prasar Samman’ of Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow, India, Hindi Bhushan award by Bharatiya Vidya Sansthan, Trinidad and Tobago, “Hindi Nidhi Samman” by Hindi Nidhi, The Hindi Foundation, Saraswati Saahitya Samman, Saahitya Shiromani Samman by Hindi -Urdu Saahitya Award Samiti, Lucknow.
    He has presided, chaired, organized and participated in literary conferences, seminars, conducted workshops and presented papers on literary aspects of languages, literature, and socio-economic issues.
    He lives in New Delhi, India.

    Suryabala

    Suryabala

    Published poem in different magazine like PRANTIK, SATSORI, PRAKASH, THE DAINIK JANAMBHUMI, THE ASOMIYA PRATIDIN,THE AMAR AXOM etc.
    Book Published:

    Occupation: Author, Poet, Journalist, Film maker, Columnist, Translator

    1. URMIMALA (Collection of self-composed poem) in the year 2009
    2. MUR DINBUR MUR RATIBUR. (Collection of self-composed poem ) in the year 2012
    3. XEUJIYA HRIDOYE KOBO KHUJA KOTHABUR (Collection of 180 poems from 18 noted poet of assamese tea community) in the year 2015
    4. UTTORADHIKAR (Collection of 60 short stories from 30 noted story writers of assamese tea community) in the year 2017
    5. XEUJIYA UPOTOKYAT SURJYO NAMIBO (Collection of self-composed poem ) in the year 2017
    6. AVOGAHON (Collection of self-composed short stories) in the year 2017
    Awarded the RAM GOGOI AWARD for the book MUR DINBUR MUR RATIBUR.

    Dr. Swarnali B Bhattacharjee

    Dr. Swarnali B Bhattacharjee

    e-mail : swarnali71@gmail.com
    phone No. 98630 63182
    Dr. Swarnali Biswas Bhattacharjee was born in Guwahati. She has been writing poetry from her early childhood. She has done her master’s degree in Engligh and Phd in literature from Gauhati University.

    She has four published collections of poems to her credit and two more are in the pipeline. She is the recipient of the prestigious Krittibas award, 2011 (Kolkata), the Jugasankha Sahitya award, 2014 and the Saikat Sahitya Samman, 2007 (Tripura). Her poems and other writings have got published in journals like 'Desh' [An Ananda Bazar publication] , 'Indian Literature' [Sahitya Akademi bi-monthly ] , The Sunday Telegraph and many more. She has also written many dramas and scripts for both Aakashbaani and Doordarshan. She has attended many seminars and poets’ meet sessions including the sahitya akademi-organized ones.
    Her writings mainly focus on female sensitivity and romanticism. Poetry for her, is a soul’s journey to reach eternity. She does not confine herself only to feminism. Her poetry embraces the wider perspective of humanism.

    At present she is working as an assistant lecturer of English in Shillong, Meghalaya.

    Swarna Prabha Chainary

    Swarna Prabha Chainary

    Swarna Prabha Chainary is teaching in the Department of Bodo, Gauhati University since 1999. Her basic area of interest is language and linguistic studies. Besides, she is also interested in literary criticism and translation. She writes in Bodo and English besides Assamese and Hindi. Her creations include 6 books on language and linguistics (three-sole author, three co-author. Among these, five books are in Bodo and one is in English); two books on literary criticism; one article collection and one Monograph of the Boros in English (co-author). She has also five translated books from English, Assamese and Bengali in to Bodo. Among these, three are published by National Book Trust, one by Sahitya Akademi and two by local publishers in Assam. She has also edited books and magazines for Sahitya Akademi (03), Kendriya Hindi Sansthan (01) and Bodo Sahitya Sabha (2015-2017). She has also edited study materials for IDOL and departmental journal.

    Teesta Guha Sarkar

    Teesta Guha Sarkar

    Teesta Guha Sarkar is Senior Commissioning Editor at Pan Macmillan India where she acquires and commissions for the Picador, Macmillan, and Picador imprints.

    Treiborlang Lyngdoh Mawlong

    Treiborlang Lyngdoh Mawlong

    I, Treibor Mawlong is an Artist,illustrator and also writes and create comic. I am based in Shillong, Meghalaya.I am also teaching in the District institute of Education and Training, Nongstoin as a Lecturer in Fine Arts. Apart from creating comics i am also exhibiting my artworks in various galleries in India and outside of India. My ongoing project include developing some of the Khasi folklore into a graphic book form.In the field of Visual arts I have received awards and scholarship like the Inlaks Fine Arts Award. Talented Young Artist Award and Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust award and the Lalit Kala Akademi scholarship for painting.

    Tribhuvannath Shukla

    Tribhuvannath Shukla

    EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:


    Course :        D.Litt. in 2005


    Institute : R.D. University, Jabalpur, M.P., India.


    Thesis : Hindi Bhasha ka Adhunikikaran Evam Manakikaran.


    Course :        D.Litt. (honorary) in 1999


    Institute :      Vikram Shila Vidyapith, Devghar, Bihar, India.


    Course :        Ph.D in 1979


    Institute :      R.D. University, Jabalpur, M.P., India.


    Thesis :         Ramcharitmanas ke shabdon ka arthtatvik adhyayan


    (Pracheen Bhartiya Bhasha Chintan evam Adhunik Bhasha Vigyan)


    Course :        M.A. (Hindi) in 1976


    Institute :      R.D. University, Jabalpur, M.P., India.


    Result :         First Class first


    Course :        B.A. in 1974


    Institute :      Govt. Mahakaushal Mahavidyalaya, Jabalpur, M.P.


    Result :         First Class First


    PRESENT POSITION HELD :


    v Professor & Head, Department of Hindi & Linguistics in Rani Durgawati University, Pachpedi, JABALPUR-482001 (M.P.), INDIA.


    v Erstwhile Director in Sahitya Academy, Madhya Pradesh Sanskriti Parishad Mulla Ramuji Sanskriti Bhavan, Banganga Road, Bhopal- 462003 [M.P.]


    Phone No. + 91- 0755 – 2554782, E-mail- sahityaacademy.bhopal@gmail.com

    Udai Pratap Singh

    Udai Pratap Singh

    डॉ. उदय प्रताप सिंह, एम.ए., पी-एच.डी., हिन्दी


    Email • dr.udaipratapsinghvns@gmail.com
    मो. 9415787367/9838001250



    पोस्ट डॉक्टोरल फेलोशिप :





    • संत साहित्य की सामाजिक-सांस्कृतिक चेतना, विश्वविद्यालय अनुदान आयोग, नई दिल्ली, 1998-2000 ई.

    • भोजपुरी क्षेत्र स्थित संत कवियों का सामाजिक दर्शन : साहित्य और लोक प्रभाव, विश्वविद्यालय अनुदान आयोग, नई दिल्ली, 2002-2005 ई.

    • भारत की सामाजिक व्यवस्था में संत कवियों का योगदान, विश्वविद्यालय अनुदान आयोग, नई दिल्ली, 2008-2011 ई.

    • शोध निर्देशन, 8 शोध छात्र उपाधि प्राप्त, वीरबहादुर सिंह पूर्वांचल विश्वविद्यालय, जौनपुर, उत्तर प्रदेश



    प्रकाशित पुस्तकें (लिखित)





    1. आपा साहब और उनकी कृतियाँ, वाराणसी, 1989 ई.

    2. निर्गुण भक्ति और आपा पंथ, वाराणसी, 2002 ई.

    3. अनुचिंतन एवं अनुसंधान, वाराणसी, 2004 ई.

    4. पूरब रंग की साधु कविता, वाराणसी, 2005 ई.

    5. मार्क्सवादी हिन्दी समीक्षा का अन्तर्द्वन्द्व, वाराणसी, 2006 ई.

    6. आलोचना की अपनी परम्परा (पुरस्कृत), वाराणसी, 2007 ई.

    7. संतों के संत कवि रामानंद, नई दिल्ली, 2010 ई.

    8. भारत की सामाजिक व्यवस्था में संत कवियों का योगदान, पुरस्कृत, दिल्ली, 2012 ई.

    9. अलह राम छूट्या भ्रम मोरा (निबंध संग्रह), पुरस्कृत उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार, 2014 ई., म.प्र. सरकार, 2017 ई.

    10. स्वामी रामानंद – साहित्य अकादेमी, दिल्ली, पुरस्कृत- उ.प्र. सरकार, 2015 ई.

    11. संत कवि आपा साहब, दिल्ली, 2015 ई.

    12. नाथपंथ और गोरखबानी, दिल्ली, 2017 ई.

    13. आलोचना की अपनी परम्परा (दूसरा भाग), दिल्ली, 2017 ई.

    14. मैं कहता आँखिन की देखी, दिल्ली-2017 ई.

    15. हिन्दी के हस्ताक्षर, दिल्ली, 2017 ई.


    16. प्रकाशित पुस्तकें (सम्पादित)


    17. रामभक्ति साहित्य : अन्वेषक और राही, 1999 ई. (आचार्य भगवतीप्रसाद सिंह पर केन्द्रित)

    18. रामानंद रामरस माते, वाराणसी, 2000 ई. (स्वामीरामानंद सप्तशताब्दी)

    19. भारतेन्दु फिर, वाराणसी, 2004 ई. (भारतेन्दु सार्द्ध शती)

    20. तीर्थराज प्रयाग और कुम्भमहापर्व, इलाहाबाद, 2007 ई.

    21. हरिद्वार समग्र, हरिद्वार, 2010 ई.

    22. तीर्थराज प्रयाग और रामभक्ति का अमृत कलश, इलाहाबाद, 2013 ई.

    23. श्रीमठ प्रकाश, वाराणसी, 2014 ई.

    24. अभिनव रामानंद : स्वामी रामनरेशाचार्य, वाराणसी, 2015 ई.

    25. श्रीसम्प्रदाय का सात खण्डों में ‘श्रीमठसमग्र’प्रकाशन की महत्त्वाकांक्षी योजना । दो खण्ड प्रकाशित-

    26. (1) जगद्गुरु रामानंदाचार्य : श्रीसम्प्रदाय : (रामावत) विविध आयाम, 2011 ई.

      (2) जगद्गुरु रामानंदाचार्य सप्त शताब्दी महोत्सव खण्ड, 2013 ई.


    Upen Rabha Hakabam

    Upen Rabha Hakabam

    PUBLICATION:



    Monographs/Reference Books:



    Rabha Byakaran: Dwitiya Bhag (Rabha Grammar- Part II): 1983.


    Language of the N.E. (Rabha), CIIL, 1997.

    Rabha Bhasa Aru Sahitya (A collection of articles Relating to Rabha Language and Literature): 1997, Revised 2nd edition 2003.


    Asamiya Aru Asamar Tibbat-Barmiya Bhasa (A book written in the area of structural analysis and contrastive studies of Assamese and Tibeto-Burman Language of Assam): 2000, enlarged edition 2007.


    Rabhamese: Bhasa Aru Nidarshan (An Introduction of Rabhamese, an ethnic dialect of Assamese with wordlist and sample text):2005


    Rabha Bhasa Sahityar Sehatiya Agragatir Samiksha (An Account of the Latest Development of Rabha Language and Literature): 2002.


    Asamar Janajatiya Sanskriti(A collection of  articles related to tribal culture of Assam):2005


    Rabha Loka Sanskriti ( A book based on Rabha Folk Culture): 2007.


    Bar-Asamar Barnil Sanskriti ( A collection of selected articles based on cultural synthesis on Greater Assamese community), 2008.


    Siko-Bujo Rabha Bhasa (A primer of Rabha language), 2008.


    Asamiya Aru Asamar Bhasa-Upabhasa (A book written in the area of socio-linguistics as well as descriptive analysis of various languages and dialects of Assam), Jyoti Prakashan Guwahti. 2009.


    Rabha Samaj Aru Sanskriti ( A book based on Rabha Society and Culture), N.L. Publication, Guwahati,2010.


    Bar-Asamar Bihu Sanskriti ( A Compilation of essays on the Bihus observed variedly by the various ethnic groups and communities of Assam in particular and N. E. India in general), 2011.


    Rabha Lokasahitya: Aitihya-Parampara Aru Pranalibadhakaran ( A book on Rabha folk-literature, its tradition, heritage and documentation), Jyoti Prakashon, 2011.


    Bar-Asamar Bihu Sanskriti ( A Compilation of essays on the Bihus observed variedly by the various ethnic groups and communities of Assam in particular and N. E. India in general), 2011.


    Rabha Lokasahitya: Aitihya-Parampara Aru Pranalibadhakaran ( A book on Rabha folk-literature, its tradition, heritage and documentation), Jyoti Prakashon, 2011.


    Focus on the Rabha : Language, Literature and Culture, Cambridge India, 2011.


    Asamiya Aru Asamar Jati-Janagosthi: Prasanga-Anusanga (A compilation of essays on the various aspects of language, literature and culture of Assamese people and tribes and castes of Assam),Kiran Prakashan, Dhemaji, 2013, ISBN : 978-93-82164-93-7


    Bhasa-Sahityar Srasta Drasta Aru Samaj Nirmata (A compilation of essays on the works and contributions of some of the personalities of Assam),Ak-Bak, Guwahati, 2013, ISBN : 978-9382726104


    Asamiya Aru Asamar Khilanjia Upadhi ( A compilation of indigenous surnames of Assamese people of Assam), Rekha Prakasan, 2013, ISBN : 978-93-83611-01-0


    Asamiya Bhasar Gathan: Aitihya Aru Rupantar (Structure of Assamese: Its Heritage and Transformation), Kiran Prakashan, Dhemaji, 2014


    Anya Ek Dristikonar Para (A compilation of personal essays), Assam Publishing Company, Guwahati-1, 2014


    Nari Sanskritir Dukhariya Sabi (A collection of articles related to culture of womenfolk of Assam: Tribes, Castes and Communities),Olympia Prakashan, Guwahati-3, 2015 ,ISBN : 978-81-931547-9-3


    Asamiya Ruptatvar Maulik Bichar ( A book on the Structure of Assamese Morphology), Assam Publishing Company, Guwahati- 1, 2015: ISBN : 978-8186384-46-6


    Lokabhasar Prakriti Bichar ( a book on folkspeech and its various elements in Assamese and other neighboring languages of Assam),Bishal Prakashan, Guwahati-3,2016. ISBN : 978-8186384-46-6


    Lakshmi (Lakhimi) : Dhan- Dhan- Jash- Aishvaryar Devi ( a book on Goddess Lakshmi And Paddy cult of Assam),Chandra Prakash, Guwahati-3,2018



    Vimaladhitha Maamallan

    Vimaladhitha Maamallan

    Contact No:09551651212
    Email: madrasdada@gmail.com
    Vimaladhitha Maamallan born in 1960 lives in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. At the age of 21 he wrote his first short story “”Ilai” and a short novel “ Periyavargal” in the magazine “Kanaiyali”. After 16 long years he started writing in websites and he has compiled four short story collections and one Essay collection. His name is Narasimhan. He is working as a senior officer in central revenue intelligence department. His short stories were translated in to other languages including English.

    Vani Tripathi Tikoo

    Vani Tripathi Tikoo

    Meet Vani Tripathi Tikoo, the former National Secretary of the main ruiling party of India the Bhartiya Janata Party. And the youngest ever member of the Central Board of Film certification popularly known as "censor board"– in her thirties, she is the youngest leader given such a responsibility in any Indian political party -- who holds youth and women issues, and the cultural heritage of the country, close to her heart. Her campaigns and outreach programmes have focused on encouraging women's participation in politics and bringing the youth to a universal platform that addresses issues including education, empowerment and employment. Cutting across the cynicism that the youth gets implicated for she's created opportunities that the youth and women under 35 get actively involved with the governance and electoral processes of the country.
    As a celebrity campaigner of the BJP she has managed campaigns for several candidates, particularly women, in places such Delhi, Mumbai, states of Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
    Vani became the national secretary of the youth wing of the BJP between 2007 and 2009.
    And from 2009 to 2014 remained the youngest ever All India secretary of the currently ruiking party of India the Bhartiya Janta Party.
    Prior to joining the BJP, Vani was involved in programmes related to environment and global sustainability.
    She has also been closely involved in theatre, films and television, having worked in projects in India as well as abroad. As an actor, she has about 50 plays, 40-odd TV serials and six films to her credit. She has worked in plays by legends like Anton Chekov, Peter Shaffer, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and several Indian playwrights.
    After graduating in political science from the Delhi University, she went to the Living theatre academy of drama and learnt acting under the guidance of the legendary theatre guru Ebrahim Alkazi.
    The noted theatre personalities Vani has worked with include B.V. Karanth,maya rao,Barry john,Tripurari Sharma.Later, she worked as an actor-teacher at the national school of drama's Theatre in Education Company.
    She also trained under the "Gripps" method of theatre from Germany specially working for young people and theatre for better means.
    Her close links with theatre further manifesting in her founding country's first state run drama school in bhopal– MADHYA PRADESH NATYA VIDYALAYA – in Madhya Pradesh in 2011
    An extremely talented individual, Vani was also attached to journalism and broadcasting in India – she continues to contribute in Indian newspapers from time to time.
    Her other endeavors include participating in the Asia21 young leaders’ programme of the Asia Society, the Magsaysay Foundation, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies in Washington.
    Recently, she was part of a delegation of young political leaders who toured Japan, China and the Philippines on global sustainability.
    Vani is also the recipient of the Global Leadership Award for Year 2008 from the Washington India chair and represented India in the prestigious ‘Women in Politics’ programme in the United States. On the invitation of the Washington-based International Republican Institute, Vani has been an expert trainer to women politicians in Indonesia.

    Vani was nominated to the Zeit Bucerius Governance School and was the sole participant from India on “Leadership for Governance” at Singapore’s Civil Service College in 2012.
    Vani was the youngest national secretary of the BJP and was deeply involved in her role as the special-in-charge of the youth wing of the BJP and is a popular face of the party at TV debates on varied subjects.
    She currently works closely with broadcasting with the Information and Broadcasting ministry, Govt. of India and is a part of the Chief Core Committe for the International Film festival of India, Goa (IFFI)

    Vinay Upadhyay

    Vinay Upadhyay

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    Vinod Anupam

    Vinod Anupam

    विनोद अनुपम को समीक्षा लेखन के लिए राष्ट्रीय फिल्म पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया है।हिन्दी में एम ए के बाद इन्होंने फिल्म एप्रिशिएशन की पढाई की।इनके लेखन की शुरुआत कहानी से हुई, 2000 के बाद इन्होंने हिन्दी में सिनेमा पर लेखन को लोकप्रिय बनाने की कोशिशों में लग गए।दिल्ली से प्रकाशित ‘उद्भावना’ के सिनेमा विशेषांक का संपादन इसकी अहम शुरुआत मानी जाती है।‘कथादेश’ ,’शुक्रवार’ तथा ‘पाखी’ में सिनेमा पर लिखे इनके स्तंभ चरचित रहे हैं। ये साहित्य,कला संस्कृति में अपने सशक्त हस्तक्षेप के लिए जाने जाते हैं।इनके द्वारा संपादित बिहार की चर्चित कला विभूतियों पर ‘बिहार के सौ रत्न’ और बिहार की कला परंपरा पर ‘बिहार विहार’ बिहार के सांस्कृतिक परिदृश्य को जानने के लिए जरुरी मानी जाती है।2008 से ये बिहार के कला संस्कृति विभाग द्वारा प्रकाशित मासिक पत्रिका ‘पटना कलम’ का संपादन कर रहे हैं।संप्रति हिन्दी सिनेमा की नायिकाओं की एक श्रंखला पर ये काम कर रहे हैं।

    Vishesh Kumar Gupta

    Vishesh Kumar Gupta

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    Yatindra Mishra

    Yatindra Mishra

    Yatindra Mishra is a celebrated Hindi Poet, Music and Cinema Scholar. He has four collections of Hindi poetry, several well received books on Indian Classical Music & Cinema and some translations. His latest book 'Lata : Sur-Gatha' won total of Six Awards in 2017 including the prestigious 64th National Film Award for Best Writing on Cinema (Swarna Kamal) and MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Award for Best Writing on Cinema, Mumbai, 2016-17. He is currently working on a book on eminent Lyricist, Poet and Film Maker Gulzar Saheb.

    Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi

    Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi

    Shri Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, an eminent Assamese writer from the state of Arunachal Pradesh was born on 13th June 1952 at a remote mountainous village Jigaon in the then Kameng Frontier Division of NEFA, presently known as Arunachal Pradesh. He belongs to tiny Buddhist tribe called Sherdukpen. Since in those days the medium of instruction in NEFA Schools were Assamese language he started writing in Assamese from his school days. Initially he wrote poems, one act plays, article etc and then switched over to short story and novel writing from his college days and gained popularity amongst Assamese readers. As a career he first served in the State Civil Service and inducted later into Indian Administrative service. He served as the Deputy Commissioner in five districts for second longest period in India after Ajit Jogi, held many important portfolios in government of Arunachal Pradesh. After retirement from IAS he again served as State Chief Information Commissioner, RTI Commission from 2011-2015.

    He has to his credit eight novels including Maun Outh Mukhar Hriday (Silent Lips Murmuring Heart). Saw Kata Manuh ( The death body chopper) Bih Konyar Deshat (In the land of poisonous damsels), Sonam etc and three short story collections namely Papor Puhkuri (A sinful Pond) Bah bhular Gondh (Smell of Bamboo flowers) etc, along with one collection of folk Tales, one autobiography ( volume -I ) and two works of translation, Acharya Shantideva’s Bhodhicharyavatara from Sanskrit and Gen. J.J sing’s ‘ The Soldiers General, an Autobiography’ from English. He is also writing columns in local dailies. Besides his mother tongue Sherdukpen, Assamese, English and Hindi he knows Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan and several tribal dialects of his state.

    Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi received more than Fifteen literary and other awards for his contribution to Indian literature and for working towards National unity and integrity. These Awards includes Sahitya Akademi Award 2005 for Maun outh Mukhar Hriday, Bhasa Bharati Award from National Institute of Indian Languages. Mysore, Kalaguru Bishnu Rava Prasad literary Award from Assam Sahitya Sabha, Dr. Bhupen Hazrika National Award from an NGO called SARHAD, Pune, the Assam valley Literary Award of Williamson Megor Educational Trust, Kolkata to name a few. His novels were made into national and international award winning films and many of his novels and short stories are adapted to drama and Tele films. Many of his works are prescribed in school, college and university courses in several states and translated to several languages.

    He is presently holding the Presidentship of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, a first literary society he himself founded in the state of Arunachal Pradesh to provide platform for writers and started a literary movement there, where no written literature of its own existed earlier.

    Zac O Yeah

    Zac O Yeah


    Zac O’Yeah used to work at a theatre in Gothenburg, Sweden – the harbour town where his much celebrated detective novel Once Upon A Time In Scandinavistan (2010; a cult classic originally published in Swedish as Tandooriälgen in 2006) is set – and toured with a pop group until he retired early at 25 and came to India.


    Since then he has published altogether thirteen books in Swedish, many of them important bestsellers – including the Gandhi-biography Mahatma! which was short-listed for the August Prize 2008 for best non-fiction book of the year. His most recent books include the popular comic thriller Mr. Majestic! The Tout of Bengaluru (2012 in English; 2013 in Swedish as Operation Sandalwood; 2014 in German as Mr Majestic verbessert sein Karma). Finally, 2015 saw the release of its much awaited sequel, the second Mr. Majestic novel, titled Hari, a Hero for Hire, another instant hit (also published in Swedish under the title Operation: Operation). 


    He is also a literary critic (rather grumpy at that) and columnist (with the BusinessLine BLink weekend supplement), also contributing now and then to the travel magazines National Geographic and Outlook Traveller, in addition to which his writings also have been published in The Caravan, Deccan Herald, Elle, Forbes Magazine, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, The Hindu Literary Review, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Indian Quarterly, Mint Lounge, New Indian Express, Open Magazine, Rock Street Journal, Shanghai Daily, The Sunday Standard, Tehelka Magazine, TimeOut Magazine, Times of India, Wenhui Daily, etc plus all major Swedish magazines and newspapers.


    Zac O’Yeah is also a translator specializing in introducing Indian writing – such as Pankaj Mishra, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and others – to Swedish readers. He has had a long involvement with theatre in as a playwright, director, designer, producer, and occasional performer. 


    Furthermore, he has been a cultural consultant for several bilateral exchange projects involving Swedish and Indian writers, translators, theatre workers and many others who toil in the fields of art. These projects have included, for instance, developing theatre for children and young people. Previous jobs include International Secretary of the Swedish Writers’ Union (1998-2000), dance lighting designer (1988-1992) and dish washer in a seedy pizzeria in Kungsportsavenyn (1986-1987). He lives in India and is married to the author Anjum Hasan.