Poets

AJ Thomas

AJ Thomas

AJ Thomas
AJ Thomas is a poet, fiction writer and translator. He translates poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction prose from Malayalam to English, with more than 20 titles to his credit. He was Editor of Indian Literature, and is its Guest Editor now. Taught English in Benghazi University, Ajdabiya Branch, Libya from 2008 to 2014. He was also a Senior Consultant at IGNOU. His contributions include Germination (poetry, 1989), Aagami Pal Ka Nirman (his poetry in Hindi translation-
2010), Bhaskara Pattelar and Other Stories, Reflections of a Hen in Her Last Hour and Other Stories (both Paul Zacharia stories in translation), ONV Kurup’s verse-novel Ujjayini, and a poetry collection he edited. A recipient of Katha Award, AKMG Prize and Vodafone Crossword Award, he is a Senior Fellow, Department of Culture, Govt. of India and Honorary Fellow, Department of Culture, Government of South Korea.

Ajoy Bose

Ajoy Bose

Ajoy Bose
Ajoy Bose is a veteran journalist with over 40 years experience in several print publications here and abroad, having worked as India correspondent of The Guardian, London, and the executive editor of The Pioneer. In recent years he has been a commentator on various television channels and is currently the Resident Commentator of CNN News 18. His works include a widely acclaimed book on the Emergency, For Reasons of State, which was re-launched this summer, Behenji – a multi-edition political biography of Dalit leader Mayawati and his latest book Across the Universe, recreating the fascinating journey of the Beatles to India half a century ago.

Akarsha

Akarsha

Akarsha
Akarsha Kamala has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from California and has worked in Switzerland and France. It was not until he relocated back to India that he found his passion for writing and directing. His debut short film “Present Sir” which talked about the condition of Kannada medium government schools won him a lot of recognition and several accolades. It won the 2 nd best film at Shankarnag Awards and saw official selections at Nepal International Film festival, Bengaluru International Short film festival and was the only kannada short film at 9180 Short fest. His short film “Mareechi” was amongst the top ten at the 10 th Advantage India Short film fest, the only kannada short film to be screened at the South Asian short film festival and one of the finalists at the Bengaluru international short film festival. His blogs have been published in various online magazines; his Kannada poems have been published in leading dailies and magazines. He has also acted in many short films, feature film and serial. He has directed many short films and is about to publish his Kannada and English poetry collection.

Alif and Mohammad Muneem

Alif and Mohammad Muneem

Alif and Mohammad Muneem

Alif writes poetry in Urdu and Kashmiri, with contemporary sound/music. His poignant and lyrical compositions are known for their colloquial references of society. Winner of IRAA Award for the single “Like a Sufi”, winner of Dada Saheb Phalke film festival 2018 for “Lalnawath”.

Mohammad Muneem is a poet, singer, song-writer and also teaches Urdu poetry at Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune. He is also a storyteller and a part of theatre group Rangshila. A film-maker and scriptwriter, he conceptualizes and directs Alif’s videos and is currently working on the music for a couple of upcoming films.

Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang
Poet-editor Alvin Pang was chosen Singapore’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2005, and received the Singapore Youth Award for Arts and Culture in 2007. A Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program and a board member of the International Poetry Studies Institute, he is listed in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English (2nd Edition, 2013). His writing has been published worldwide in more than twenty languages, including Swedish, Macedonian, Croatian and Slovene. His recent books include What Gives Us Our Names, When the Barbarians Arrive, and What Happened: Poems 1997-2017.

Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Amarendra Dhaneshwar
Amarendra Dhaneshwar is a classical singer belonging to the Gwalior gharana, a writer on music and a cultural activist. A pupil of the well known singer Neela Bhagwat, he has presented over 200 classical concerts and has presented over 300 programmes juxtaposing popular film music and classical music. He has coordinated about 400 classical music recitals over different television channels. He has been contributing articles and reviews to different newspapers and periodicals. Has also contributed entries on Hindustani music and musicians for the Encyclopedia on India edited by Stanley Wolpert. He has received the ‘Udayan’ award for achieving and promoting excellence in music.

Amit Ranjan

Amit Ranjan

Amit Ranjan
Find Me Leonard Cohen, I’m Almost Thirty is Amit Ranjan’s debut collection of poems. His poems, short stories, and essays have been published in various journals like La Zaporogue, Anti Serious, Cold Noon, Muse India, The Equator Line, Daily O, The Hindu, Apollonian etc. Recently, his chapter in a book on demonetization charting a cultural history of the phenomena has been widely appreciated. Amit has been a recipient of Fulbright, Endeavour and Inlaks fellowships earlier. He has also
been a delegate at Australia India Youth Dialogue, and a writer at Sangam House Writers’ Residency. Amit has taught literature at St Stephen’s College, FIU and other places. Before taking up a career in academia, he was a journalist with India Today and Outlook groups.

Amruta Dongray

Amruta Dongray

Amruta Dongray
Armed with a Master’s degree in Sociology from the Bombay University, Amruta Dongray worked in the tourism industry for eight years. She continues to work full-time as a mother to two human and three canine children. She considers herself an “accidental poet”. She started writing poetry in 2010. Her first book PastPresent saw its release in 2013. Her poems are her take on the dynamics in society and are generally very short. She now also enjoys writing longer poems which read like stories. Her second book, Three Halves, is out this year. She co-hosts an evening of poetry every month at Atta Galatta.

Anamika

Anamika

Anamika
Anamika is the author of eight collections of poetry, five novels and four works of criticism. Anamika takes her inspirations from folk traditions and the metaphysical strain in rebel Bhakta poets. Currently, she is a UGC Fellow at Teen Murti working on the dissertation, “Proto-feminist Hindi World: Mothers,Writers, Folklorists”.

Anand Lal

Anand Lal

Anand Lal
Ananda Lal retired in 2017 as a professor of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He succeeded his father P. Lal in 2010 as director of Writers Workshop, India’s oldest extant publisher of creative writing in English, which specializes in poetry and celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Among several books, he has contributed to the Cambridge History of Indian Poetry in English. An expert in translation studies, he has translated many Bengali poems into English, from Tagore to Baul songs, Jibanananda Das to Joy Goswami. He introduced a CD, The Voice of Rabindranath Tagore, on Tagore’s own audio recordings of poetry.

Andrea Jeremiah

Andrea Jeremiah

Andrea Jeremiah
Andrea Jeremiah (born 21 December 1984) is an Indian actress, playback singer, musician and dancer. She works predominantly in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. She began her career as a playback singer, and has subsequently appeared in films, mostly in the Tamil language.

Aneesh Vidyashankar

Aneesh Vidyashankar

Aneesh Vidyashankar
Dr. Aneesh Vidyashankar, dubbed the Wireless Walking Violinist, at 27 is one of the youngest recipients of an honorary doctorate with specialization, the national level award for best violinist. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and classicism and presented with a contemporary global sound. He has toured 27 countries and also performed at the GES 2017 in HITEX before an audience that included Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump. Trained under his father and guru, violinist S.R.Vidyashankar, from the age of 3, he has been performing for 20 years now.

Anuja Chandramouli

Anuja Chandramouli

Anuja Chandramouli
Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her brand new book, an epic fantasy called Yama’s Lieutenant has received an overwhelming response.
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching.
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga. Currently, she is hard at work on an awesome new adventure with Yama’s Lieutenant.

Anupama Raju

Anupama Raju

Anupama Raju
Anupama Raju is a poet, literary journalist and translator. She is the author of Nine, and has been featured in several poetry anthologies. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Domus India, Caravan, The Little Magazine, Indian Literature, Sangam, among others. She has been translating Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia’s stories into English. She collaborated with French photographer Pascal Bernard on two poetry and photography projects: ‘Surfaces and Depths’ (2012-2013) and ‘Une Ville, Un Lieu, Une Personne’ (2011-2012). She was a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury, in 2017 and Writer-in-Residence at Centres Intermondes, La Rochelle, France, in 2012.

Asang Ghosh

Asang Ghosh

Asang Ghosh
Asang Ghosh is a representative Dalit voice in contemporary Hindi poetry. From a young child helping his father mend shoes as a family vocation, Asang Ghosh went on to complete his PhD. He eventually became a civil servant in Madhya Pradesh government, and is presently working with All India Administrative Services. He has authored 8 books of poetry, and has short stories published in multiple Hindi journals. Besides numerous Indian cities, he has also been invited to Sri Lanka, China, Egypt, and Bali to recite his poetry. He has won numerous awards, which include Madhya Pradesh Dalit Sahitya Akademi Award (2002), Srijangatha Samman (2013), Guru Ghasidas Samman (2016), and Bhawani Das Singh Award (2017).

Bhuchung D Sonam

Bhuchung D Sonam

Bhuchung D Sonam
Bhuchung D. Sonam is the author of four books, including Yak Horns: Notes on Contemporary Tibetan Writing, Music, Film & Politics and Songs of the Arrow. He has edited Muses in Exile: An Anthology of Tibetan Poetry, and compiled and translated Burning the Sun’s Braids: New Poetry from Tibet. His writings are published in the Journal of Indian Literature, HIMAL Southasian, Hindustan Times and Tibetan Review among others. His permanent address was stolen.

Biswamit Dwibedy

Biswamit Dwibedy

Biswamit Dwibedy
Biswamit Dwibedy is the author of Ozalid (1913 Press), Ancient Guest (HarperCollins), Hubble Gardener and Erode (both by Spuyten Duyvil), and MC3 (Essay Press). He edited a dossier of contemporary Indian poetry in translation for the last issue of the literary journal Aufgabe, published by Litmus Press, and is a co-editor of Journal 1913. He is also the editor of Anew Print, a small press devoted to translations from India and is the founder/director of the Anew Writing Program, a low-residency creative writing programme in India. He teaches at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore and is originally from Odisha.

Chandrashekhara Kambara

Chandrashekhara Kambara

Chandrashekhara Kambara
Known for effective adaptation of the North Karnataka dialect of the Kannada language in his plays and poems, Chandrashekhar Kambar is a prominent Indian poet, playwright, folklorist, film director in Kannada language and the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He has been conferred with many prestigious awards, including the Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, Kabir Samman, Kalidas Samman and Pampa Award.

DC Rajappa

DC Rajappa

DC Rajappa
A celebrated name among Karnataka’s law enforcers is D C Rajappa, who is a firm believer of community-friendly policing. He is also a renowned Kannada poet, and believes that empathy is the guiding force for both poets and policemen. He encourages policemen to write poems out of their personal experiences, and has brought out the hidden poet in 500 policemen in Karnataka.

Dibyajyoti Sarma

Dibyajyoti Sarma

Dibyajyoti Sarma
A teacher and journalist, a poet and translator, Dibyajyoti Sarma runs a fledgling poetry publishing venture called Red River (formerly iwriteimprint) and has so far published 14 poetry volumes. The author of three volumes of poetry – Glimpses of a Personal History, Pages from an Unfinished Autobiography and Book of Prayers – he has also translated Assamese poet SanantaTanty’s works in ‘Selected Poems: SanantaTanty’, which was longlisted for the first Jayadev National Poetry Award in 2017. He is currently translating the works of Assamese poet Sameer Tanti. Sarma’s original writings and translations have been published in journals like Indian Literature, Muse India, Talking Poetry, Café Dissensus, Exchanges Literary Journal and Asymptote Journal

GA Jagadeesh

GA Jagadeesh

Gili Hamovich

Gili Hamovich

Gili Hamovich
Gili Haimovich is a bilingual poet and translator in Hebrew and English.  She is the author of six volumes of poetry in Hebrew and two collections in English: Sideways Roots, (Kimchi Press, 2017) and Living on a Blank Page, (Ice Flow Press, 2008). She was chosen outstanding artist by the Ministry of Culture  (Israel, 2015) and her last book in Hebrew, Landing Lights (Iton 77 Publishing House, 2017) received a grant from the Acum Association as did her previous book, Baby Girl (Emda Publishing House, 2014). In addition, she has received different prizes and grants in Israel and abroad for her poems and translations. Her poetry is translated in more than ten languages and is published worldwide. Her writing can be found in numerous journals and anthologies such as World Literature Today, Poetry International, International Poetry Review, POEM, LRC – Literary Review of Canada, Asymptote, Room Magazine, Drain Magazine, Circumference and Mediterranean Poetry as well as in the anthologies The Most Beautiful Poems in Hebrew (Yedioth Ahronot Books, 2013) and A Naked Queen – An Anthology of Israeli Social Protest (Hakibutzh Hameuhad Publising House, 2013). Gili has a background as a writing-focused intermodal art therapist, creative writing instructor and in visual arts. poetryon.com

Jayant Parmar

Jayant Parmar

Jayant Parmar
Jayant Parmar is an Urdu poet and painter. He writes in Urdu and Gujarati. His publications include Aur, Pencil aur Doosri Nazmein, Maanind, Antraal, Inkpot And Other Poems, Nazm Yaani, Pencil And Other Poems, Pencil te baki Nazm. His awards include Sahitya Akademi Award,Urdu 2008, Bhasha Bharati Samman 2006, Gujarat Urdu Sahitya Akademi Award 2001, Gujarat Urdu Sahitya Akademi Award 2006, Gujarat Urdu Sahitya Akademi Award 2008, Kumar Pashi Award 2001, Bharti Dalit Sahitya Akademi ,Madhya Pradesh 2002.

Jayanta Mahapatra

Jayanta Mahapatra

Jayanta Mahapatra
Jayanta Mahapatra is the first Indian poet to win Sahitya Akademi award for English poetry. A Padma Shri awardee, he is the author of such popular poems as Indian Summer and Hunger, which are regarded as classics in modern Indian English literature.

Jogi

Jogi

Jogi
Jogi Is a Journalist, Columnist, Script writer, Dialogue writer, Novelist and Film Critic. He has served 13 years in Kannada Prabha as Associate Magazine Editor, and 6 years in Udayvani as Editor-features. He has written 55 books which consist of Novels, Short stories, Column Writings and Personality Development Books. He won State Award for Best Story for Film Kada Beladingalu and has scripted three films, which won National awards.

Kavish Seth

Kavish Seth

Kavish Seth
Kavish Seth is an independent Singer, Songwriter and Poet. He writes primarily in Hindustani, English and has started to write in Russian as well. He started a musical project, Zubaan where indie artists across the mainlands and different musical-lingustic scenes collaborate and perform their own songs across India. Apart from normal gigs, he has been doing gigs which are theme based, like Bolti Deewarein , A concept gig where he writes 100-150 pages in 2 weeks and then put them up in a venue room and convert that venue into his mindspace. The audience experiences the writings and the songs in his mindspace .Shayari, Kavitaein ( Poems ), Kahaniya ( Stories), Chakris ( Hieroglyphs, different forms of writings) are recited.

Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth
A name synonymous with Sufi music in this country, Kavita Seth’s soulful voice is a pure blend of divinity and love.  From her debut Maula in the film Vaada to Mujhe Matt Roko in Gangster to Mora Piya Mose Bolat Nahi in Raajneeti to Bangur Jaisi Duniya in I AM to her claim to fame, Iktara in Wake Up Sid, Tum Hi Ho Bandhu in Cocktail, each song she lends her voice to promises to stay with people forever. Her recent Bollywood chart-toppers include Jeete Hain Chal from Neerja, Prem Mein Tohre from Begum Jaan, and Maa from Maatr. Besides her successful oeuvre in Bollywood, she has also rendered her voice to Lagan Laagi Re and Khari Khari, songs from the Hollywood venture Trishna. In fact, her vocals in the Rajasthani folk-based Khari Khari mesmerised one and all through the popular music based TV show, Coke Studio.

Mamang Dai

Mamang Dai

Mamang Dai
Mamang Dai is a poet and novelist from Arunachal Pradesh. A former journalist, shei was correspondent for the Hindustan Times, the Telegraph and the Sentinel newspapers, and president, Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists. Her first publication ‘Arunachal Pradesh – the hidden land,’ documenting the culture and customs of her land, received the state’s Dr. Verrier Elwin Award. Her other publications include novels, The Legends of Pensam, Stupid Cupid, The Black Hill; River Poems, and Midsummer- Survival Lyrics (poetry) and children’s literature. Dai also worked with World Wide Fund for nature in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspots programme and was Member of the Arunachal Pradesh State Public Service Commission (2011-2017). In 2011 she was awarded the Padma Shri (literature and education) and her novel, The Black Hill, received the Sahitya Akademi Award 2017, in English.

Manglesh Dabral

Manglesh Dabral

Manglesh Dabral
Mangalesh Dabral is a poet, journalist and translator. He was born in 1948 in Tehri Garhwal. His books include five collections of poems, two collections of literary essays and sociocultural commentary and a book of conversations. He has also published a travel account, Ek Baar Iowa (Once, Iowa, 1996), based on his experiences in Iowa, USA, where he resided for three months as a fellow of the International Writing Program in 1991.His poems have been widely translated and published in all major Indian languages and in Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Bulgarian, and Portuguese. They have been included in various leading magazines and anthologies in India and abroad.

Manisha Agarwal

Manisha Agarwal

Manisha Agarwal
A gifted Singer/Actor, she has emerged as a leading ‘performing artiste’ from the soils of Rajasthan creating her own style of music and theatre. Born in the family devoted towards music, at an early age her mother put her under the guidance of Pt. Durgesh Mishra & Pt.Shrikant Bhakre where she was exposed to its various forms for years. Her debut music album Teri Chahat Mein released by ‘Times Music’ in 2005 won nomination for the “Best New Voice Category” ( INDI-POP ) at Sahara One Sangeet Awards, Oakland USA, in 2005. The video song was then regularly aired in Lufthansa Flights. Her latest music album Main Hoon Meera, a Times Music release is composed by Pt.Vishwamohan Bhatt, featuring herself with Bhajan samraat Anup Jalota was released by MP Hema Malini at Iskcon temple in 2015.

Manjiri Indurkar

Manjiri Indurkar

Manjiri Indurkar
Manjiri Indurkar, a writer and poet from Jabalpur, is one of the founders and editors of Anti Serious. Her works have been published in the Indian Express, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Skin Stories, Scroll, Hysteria, Arre, Himal, Cold Noon, and elsewhere.

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan is a poet, novelist, critic and linguist of Punjabi. He is from Indian Police Service and presently posted in Chandigarh. He was born at Amritsar on July 14, 1963. He pursued his Doctorate on Dasam Granth in which the Mythological Poetry of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru is enshrined. In 2015, a book of his PhD Thesis named as ‘Dasam Granth Vich Mith Rupantran’ published. He has so far eight anthologies of poems in Punjabi and one in Hindi. His first book of poetry ‘Agle Chaurahe Tak’ was published in 1982 while he was pursuing his graduation. His publications include ‘Man Mahial’ in 1989,‘Sur Sanket’ in 1998, ‘Namit’ in 2001, ‘Ath’ in 2004, ‘Neelkanth’ in 2008, ‘Duje Shabdaan ’Ch’ in 2010 and in 2012 his new book of poems ‘Baikhari’ was published. His books in Hindi poems ‘Mere Main Chandni’ was published in 1993. In 2016, his book in Hindi Poetry ‘Koham’ was published. In 2017 his Punjabi poetry book ‘Zeel’ was published.

Michael Creighton

Michael Creighton

Michael Creighton
Michael Creighton is a middle school teacher and library movement activist who’s lived in Delhi since 2005. His first collection of poetry, New Delhi Love Songs, was published in December 2017 by Speaking Tiger in association with the Jehangir Sabavala Foundation. His poetry has appeared in a variety of places including Wasafiri, Softblow, Plume Poetry, Scroll.in, Mint Lounge, and The Sunday Oregonian.

Mona Zote

Mona Zote

Mona Zote
Mona Zote is a poet living in Aizawl. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including the Cordite Poetry Review, Indian Literature, IQ Magazine, India International Centre Quarterly, Carapace as well as in anthologies such as Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India, the Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, and The Borderlands of Asia: Culture, Place, Poetry.

MR Kamala

MR Kamala

Nandita Bose

Nandita Bose

Nandita Bose
As an author, Nandita Bose has written primarily on relationships, speaking of love, dysfunctional associations and the triumph over odds within structures of social consent, apathy or disapproval. Her works include: Tread Softly (2012), The Perfume of Promise (2013), If Walls could Weep (2014) and Shadow and Soul (October 2015). A reluctant poet, she tries to sew moments into words. Her first collection of poems, Dewed, is out this year.

Neela Bhagwat

Neela Bhagwat

Neela Bhagwat
Neela Bhagwat, a Hindustani musician of the Gwalior Gharana, has trained under G.T. Tilak of Jaipur style, under Pt. Shartchandra Arolkar and Pt. Jal Balaporia of Gwalior Style. She has trained in Kathak dance under Guru Lachchu Maharaj and played the main role in ‘Suno Jananmejaya’, a play directed by Pt Satyadev Dube. She has translated ‘The Encyclopedia of Social Work in India’ from English to Marathi, and written a monograph ‘Pt. Krishnarao Shankar Pandit, in Hindi and English, and a biography of Guru Arolkar, ‘Sharatchandra Arolkar – Lene Pratibheche’.  She also wrote the book, ‘Kabir Gata Gata’, and ‘Tihai’, a book of poems in Marathi.

Nilim Kumar

Nilim Kumar

Nilim Kumar
Nilim Kumar has written 17 collections of poetry. His awards include the Uday Bharati National award , Raza Foundation award, Sabda award, Eka Ebong Kayekjon etc. His poems have been translated into French, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Nepali, Bengali, Tamil, Odia etc. His poems are included in ‘100 Great Indian Poems’ written since 3000 years and ‘Signature’ (an anthology of Indian poems).

Nirupama Menon Rao

Nirupama Menon Rao

Nirupama Menon Rao
Nirupama Menon Rao, a retired Indian diplomat, Foreign Secretary and Ambassador, is also a poet and singer. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. She was India’s first woman spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, the first woman high commissioner from her country to Sri Lanka, and the first Indian woman ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served as India’s Foreign Secretary from 2009-2011. At the end of that term, she was appointed India’s Ambassador to the United States where she served for a term of two years from 2011-2013. She is currently working on a book on India’s China relationship, “The Politics of History: India and China, 1949-1962”. In retirement, she has also pursued her passion for music. Her first commercial album, “Peace is My Dream”, can be digitally accessed on iTunes (India) , Saavn.com and Spotify. Her book of poems, Rain Rising, was published by Rupa in 2004.

Paramita Satpathi

Paramita Satpathi

Paramita Satpathi
Paramita Satpathy Tripathy, an influential voice in Odia literature, writes poetry and fiction in Odia and non-fiction in English. So far one collection of poems, seven story collections, two novels and one novella have been published to her credit. Her works have been extensively translated to other Indian languages and books have been published in English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi. While reflecting in their themes, tones and structure, the current state of Indian poetry, short fiction and novels, her work marks new strides that women’s writing in the country seems to be taking. She received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016 for her collection of novellas, Prapti. She joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1989 and is presently working as Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi.

Perumal Murugan

Perumal Murugan

Perumal Murugan
Perumal Murugan is one of India’s most reputed contemporary writers and among our foremost literary craftsmen. He is the author of ten novels, five collections of short stories, five anthologies of poetry, and six non-fiction books, mostly on language and literature. He has also edited several fiction and non-fiction anthologies. His Tamil novels Koola Maathaari, Nizhal Mutram, Madhorubagan and Pookkuzhi have been translated into English as Seasons of the Palm, Current Show, One Part Woman and Pyre to popular and critical acclaim. He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books. Seasons of the Palm was shortlisted for the international Kiriyama Award in 2005. In 2017, the English translation of his novel Madhorubagan won the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize.

Prashant Sankaran

Prashant Sankaran

Prashant Sankaran
Prashant Sankaran stepped off the hectic corporate treadmill after 25 years to mentor small entrepreneurs and serve on the advisory boards of a few not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. He also dabbles in photography, performing arts and film-making. He is currently working on his first book. He blogs at: Shoonyata.

Prathibha Nandakumar

Prathibha Nandakumar

Prathibha Nandakumar
Prathibha Nandakumar is a poet, journalist, film-maker, translator and playwright.  She has 21 books to her credit, including five books of poetry. Her awards include the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Award in 2000 and the Mahadevi Verma Kavya Samman in 2003.

Rabia Kapoor

Rabia Kapoor

Rabia Kapoor
Rabia Kapoor is a Bombay-based English student, currently studying in King’s College London. She has made her mark in the world of spoken word poetry in India and intends to move on to making her mark, through her writing, in theatre and cinema. Her hobbies include watching films, dancing badly and being right.

Rahul Soni

Rahul Soni

Rahul Soni
Rahul Soni is a writer, editor and translator. He has edited the anthology of Hindi poetry in English translation, Home from a Distance, and translated Shrikant Verma’s collection of poetry, Magadh, Geetanjali Shree’s novel The Roof Beneath their Feet, and a selection of Ashok Vajpeyi’s poetry A Name for Every Leaf.

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bangalore. He has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Indo-American Community Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. In the academic year 2011-2 he served as the Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics.
Guha’s books include Democrats and Dissenters, The Unquiet Woods, A Corner of a Foreign Field and India after Gandhi. His awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the Daily Telegraph/Cricket Society prize, the Malcolm Adideshiah Award for excellence in social science research, the Ramnath Goenka Prize for excellence in journalism, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the R. K. Narayan Prize. In 2009 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, and in 2015 he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian studies.

Rohinton Daruwala

Rohinton Daruwala

Rohinton Daruwala
Rohinton Daruwala’s first collection of poems is The Sand Libraries of Timbuktu (Speaking Tiger, 2016). His work has appeared in Strange Horizons, New Myths, Star*Line, Liminality, Through the Gate and Silver Blade. He writes code for a living, and speculative fiction and poetry in his spare time. He lives and works in Pune. He tweets as @wordbandar and blogs at https://wordbandar.wordpress.com/

S. Diwakar

S. Diwakar

Samir Tanti

Samir Tanti

Samir Tanti
A contemporary poet whose works speak of the rhythm and the conflict inherent in life, Sameer Tanti has contributed extensively to the Assamese literary world. His works echo the voice of the common man, delving into the abstract through a vivid exploration of themes like nature, love, and protest. He has published 14 collections of Poetry, 2 works of translations including African Poems & Love Songs, and Japanese Love Poetry, 3 collections of Essays and has edited 2 collections of Short Stories. He has been awarded with the prestigious Assam Valley Literary Award & Padmanath Vidyabinode Literary Award along with several other awards.

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi is an award-winning actor, famous for her roles in Sparsh, Arth, Fire, Godmother, Honeymoon Travels, Makdee, Ankur, Nishant, Junoon, Sonata and Neerja among many, many other films. The daughter of poet Kaifi Azmi and theatre artiste Shaukat Azmi, and the wife of poet-screenwriter Javed Akhtar, she has acted in over 120 films. Her awards and honours include the Padma Shri and five National Awards for Best Actress. A Goodwill Ambassador of the UNPFA and a committed social activist, Azmi’s plays include Tumhari Amrita and Happy Birthday Sunita.

Shantanu Chaudhari

Shantanu Chaudhari

Shantanu Chaudhari
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is executive editor with HarperCollins Publishers India. He has edited some of India’s best-known authors like Gulzar, Kiran Nagarkar, Manu Joseph, the works of Satyajit Ray, among others. He has also commissioned and published a number of books on cinema which have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI Award for Best Writing on Cinema and which have been best-sellers. In 2017, he won the Editor of the Year Award, instituted by the apex publishing body, Publishing Next. He is also the author of two book: Whims, a book of poems, and Icons from Bollywood.

Sohini Basak

Sohini Basak

Sohini Basak
Sohini Basak’s debut poetry collection ‘We Live in the Newness of Small Differences’ received the Beverly series manuscript prize and has just been published. She studied literature and creative writing at the universities of Delhi, Warwick, and East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Grant for Poetry. In 2017, she received a Toto Funds the Arts prize for her poetry. Currently, she works as an editor in Noida. https://basaksohini.wordpress.com

Sophia Naz

Sophia Naz

Sophia Naz
Pushcart Prize nominee, Sophia Naz writes in both English and Urdu. Her work has featured in numerous literary journals, including Poetry International Rotterdam, The Adirondack Review, BlazeVOX, Scroll, The Daily O, Cafe Dissensus, Guftugu and many more. Published poetry collections are Peripheries, Pointillism and Date Palms.  She is a regular contributor to Dawn; poetry editor and columnist at The Sunflower Collective,  as well as the founder of rekhti.org, a site dedicated to contemporary Urdu poetry by women. Links to published works are at her site: www.trancelucence.net

Sridala Swami

Sridala Swami

Sridala Swami
Sridala Swami is a poet, essayist and photographer. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor (2007), was published by the Sahitya Akademi/ National Academy of Letters. Swami has written four books for children, published by Pratham Books in 2009 and 2012. She was the 2011 Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and was a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, 2013. Her second collection of poetry, Escape Artist, published by the Aleph Book Company (2014), is the first book to appear under the aegis of the Jehangir Sabavala Foundation (JSF). It was shortlisted for the inaugural Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize. Over the years, Swami has curated a university radio show featuring poetry, and written a poetry workshop column in The Daily O called The Sideways Door. She blogs at The Spaniard in the Works [https://spaniardintheworks.blogspot.com] but can more usually be found on twitter @sridala.

Srilata Krishnan

Srilata Krishnan

Srilata Krishnan
A former writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, at Sangam house and at the Yeonhui Art Space, Seoul, K. Srilata writes both poetry and fiction. She is currently a professor of English at IIT Madras. Her books include four poetry collections, the latest being Bookmarking the Oasis (Paperwall/Poetrywala, 2015) and a novel Table for Four, long listed in 2009 for the Man Asian literary prize and published by Penguin in 2011. She is also co-editor of the anthologies The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry, Short Fiction from South India (OUP), and an Indo-Irish collaborative poetry anthology All the Worlds Between (Yoda).

Sundeep Bhutoria

Sundeep Bhutoria

Sundeep Bhutoria
Sundeep Bhutoria is the author of Aapbiti Jagbiti, Safari My Life My Travels. He has also initiated various literary events like An Author’s Afternoon, Write Circle, Kalam, Ek Mulakat and Aakhar across India.

Sunita Raina

Sunita Raina

Sunita Raina
Sunita Raina was a member of the Kashmiri Advisory Board of the Sahitya Akademi from 2013 up to December 2017. Her ghazals were and are sung by the reputed singers of Kashmir. They are broadcast from Radio Kashmir, Srinagar and Radio Sharda, Jammu. She has been interviewed by the interviewers of All India Radio a number of times. Her poetry publications include Chinar Ke Aansun (Hindi poetry collection 1998), Rihij Yaad (Kashmiri ghazal collection 2001),  Light and Shade (English translation of Kashmiri Ghazals by Arvind Gigoo 2013) and A Walk Through the Mist (English translation of the Kashmiri Ghazals by R N Kaul)

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig
Born in Großenhain in 1979 and grown up in Saxony, Ulrike Almut Sandig has published two books of short stories, Flamingos and Book Against Disappearing, and four volumes of poetry. She has won numerous prizes, including the Droste-Förderpreis der Stadt Meersburg (2012) and the English PEN translation Pitch (2016). “Ulrike Almut Sandig is a master storyteller who writes in beautiful poetic prose.“ — New Books in German.

Urvashi Bahuguna

Urvashi Bahuguna

Urvashi Bahuguna
Urvashi Bahuguna’s debut poetry collection, Mudscope, was selected for the 2017 Emerging Poet’s Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will be published late 2018 by The Great Indian Poetry Collective. Her work has been recognized by a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, a Sangam House fellowship, an Eclectica Spotlight Author Prize, a TOTO Award for Creative Writing, and a Wingword Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, SOFTBLOW, The Nervous Breakdown, Eclectica Magazine, The Fourth River, Barely South Review, Kitaab, Jaggery, The Four Quarters Magazine and elsewhere.

Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup
Veteran singer Usha Uthup sings pop, jazz and playback. A judge in many singing reality TV shows, she has also acted in films like Bombay to Goa and Rock on 2. A Padma Shri awardee, she is the recipient of many awards in her field, including the Filmfare award for best playback female singer for Darling, a song from the film, 7 Khoon Maaf. Her famous songs include Vande Mataram (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham), Koi Yahan Aha Nache Nache (Disco Dancer), Hari Om Hari (Pyaara Dushman), Doston Se Pyar Kiya (Shaan) and Ek Do Cha Cha Cha (Shalimar).

Uttaran Das Gupta

Uttaran Das Gupta

Uttaran Das Gupta
Uttaran Das Gupta is a New Delhi-based poet and journalist. His poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Charles River Journal, New England Review of Books, CITY, Fulcrum, Magnapoets, Indian Literature, and have been featured in The Unsettled Winter (2014), Other Worlds: The Sangam House Reader, Vol. 5 (2017), The Mongrel Book of Voices, Vol. 1: Breakups (2017) and Indian Literature in Greece (2018). He reviews books and films, and also writes columns on popular cinema (Frames per Second) and literature (Verse Affairs). He was at the Sangam House Residency in January 2016. He is also a Robert Bosch India Germany Media Ambassadors fellow for 2018. His debut collection of poems,Visceral Metropolis, was published last year and his novel, Ritual, is forthcoming next year.

Vasant Abaji Dahake

Vasant Abaji Dahake

Vasant Abaji Dahake
Vasant Abaji Dahake is a Marathi poet, playwright, short story writer, artist, and critic from Amravati, Maharashtra. He has received several awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award for his collection Chitralipi for the year 2009; Vinda Karandikar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Government of Maharashtra in 2014. His writings show an influence of existentialist-Marxist writers. He was associated with the little magazine movement in Marathi during the mid-sixties. Dahake’s works include – in poetry – Yogabhrashta (translated into English as A Terrorist of the Spirit by Ranjit Hoskote and Mangesh Kulkarni), Shubha-Wartaman, Shunah-Shepa, Chitralipi (translated into English as Hieroglyphs by Rahee Dahake.), Roopantar, Vachabhang and Saha Deerghakavita. His fiction include Adholoka and Pratibaddha Ani Martya, while literary criticism works are Kavitevishayi, Marathi Sahitya: Itihaas ani Sanskruti, Marathi Samikshechi Sadyastithi, Marathiteel Kathanroope (2012), Kavya Pratiti (2013), Drishyakala ani Sahitya (2013). His other works are Sankshipta Marathi Vangmayakosh (co-editor of an encyclopaedia of Marathi literature), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: A Photobiography, and Vangmayin Samdnya-Sankalpana Kosh (co-editor), Yatra Antaryatra, Maltekdivarun and Goshta: Na SangataYenyavishayichi.

Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Bhardwaj
Vishal Bhardwaj is an acclaimed film director, writer, screenwriter, music composer and singer. He has directed a trilogy of films based on Shakespeare’s plays: Maqbool (Macbeth), Omkara (Othello), and Haider (Hamlet). His other films include Makdee, Kaminey, Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola and Rangoon. Nude is his first book of poetry.

Yatindra Mishra

Yatindra Mishra

Yatindra Mishra
Yatindra Mishra is a poet, author and music and cinema scholar. He
has four collections of Hindi poetry to his credit: Yada-Kada, Ayodhya Tatha Anya Kavitayein, Dyorhi Par Aalaap and Vibhas. He has also written about the life and work of thumri singer Girija Devi, danseuse Sonal Mansingh and shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan. Translation of his writings Girija, Ayodhya series of poems, Vibhas, Yaar Julahey & Meelon Se Din have been well received. He has also translated the 12th century Lingayat mystic poet Akka Mahadevi’s poems titled Bhairavi. A book about hundred years of Hindi Cinema which deals with the authentic analysis of the musical journey of cinema is titled ‘Humsafar’. He is the editor of a cultural gazetteer of Faizabad titled ‘Shahernama Faizabad’. His awards include Bharatiya Janapitha fellowship, Raza Foundation Award, Bharat Bhushan Agarwal Smriti Puraskar, Bharteeya Bhasha Parishad Yuva Puraskar and H.K. Trivedi
Smriti Yuva Patrakarita Puraskar. His latest book ‘Lata : Sur-Gatha’ won 6 awards, including the 64th National Film Award-2016 for Best Writing on Cinema (Swarna Kamal), MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Award for Best Writing on Cinema, Mumbai, 2016-17, Dwarka Prasad Agarwal Bhaskar Yuva Puraskar, Maharana Mewar Award, Shamsher Samman and Spandan Lalit Kala Samman. The book Lata : Sur- Gatha was also felicitated by the prestigious Award for Excellence in Book Production 2017 given by the Federation of the Indian Publishers to the publisher Vani Prakashan. He is currently working on a book on eminent lyricist Gulzar. He is also editor of
National Sangeet Natak Akademy, New Delhi’s journal ‘Sangana’.

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